Apple OS X Yosemite
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OS X Yosemite is a solid update for Mac users, but in order to make the most out of it, you need to also own an iOS device.
- Tight integration with iOS devices
- Clean new design
- Much-improved Spotlight search
- Safari has a cleaner design, useful privacy features
- iCloud Drive doesn't include a standalone iOS app
- Can't add new people to a texting conversation unless you start with at least three people
- Yosemite is a modest upgrade for people who don't own an iOS device
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Apple OS X Yosemite
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- 86AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE7 ReviewsTechCrunch90OS X Yosemite Review: Appleâ€™s Mac OS Gets A NewThe improvements here are much more than surface deep, and make forward progress in terms of how we think about and experience desktop computing, especially in a world where mobile occupies an increasing amount of our time.The Wall Street Journal80OS X Yosemite Review: The Mac Cozies Up to the iPhThe Yosemite and iOS pairing feels like the glue that the others just don’t have right now.Engadget90OS X Yosemite review: a solid upgrade for everyoneOS X Yosemite is a solid update for Mac users, but in order to make the most out of it, you need to also own an iOS device.TechCrunchNot RatedEverything You Ever Wanted To Know About Appleâ€™sApple’s first foray into consumer preview testing is coming out of the gate strong, based on my testing, but what’s most interesting is how the feedback of a million average users will inform the final product come fall.EngadgetNot RatedOS X Yosemite preview: the Mac gets a major makeovFor anyone who thought OS X was getting stale, that it was evolving a little too gradually, you'll definitely want to check out Yosemite: It ushers in a new, iOS-inspired design, along with some new, iOS-like features.Laptop MagazineNot RatedOS X Yosemite Preview: A Smarter Post-PC VisionThose who prefer a more familiar desktop environment are still going to have it, but Yosemite weaves in mobile experiences where it makes sense.ZDNetNot RatedHands on with Apple's iOS 8 (pictures)In many ways, the user experience is now akin to its iOS counterpart, with much of the functionality brought into iOS 8, and its immediate predecessor iOS 7, into the desktop version for Macs, MacBooks, and iMacs.GizmodoNot RatedOS X Yosemite First Impressions: Apple's Biggest DWhat's certain is that what we're looking at here reflects Apple's biggest ideas in recent memory about what the desktop OS can be. It's more than a pretty face—it's facing in the right direction.SlashGear80OS X Yosemite Review: Blurred LinesOS X Yosemite is not only a refined and capable Mac platform, but a compelling reason to embrace Apple’s ecosystem as a whole.Mashable90OS X Yosemite Review: An Equal Partner for iOS 8OS X Yosemite is a great OS for any Mac owner but it's must-have if you have iOS 8.'SlashGearNot RatedOS X Yosemite Preview (Public Beta)Some have predicted a gradual erosion of the OS X experience ... and yet while Yosemite feels familiar as an iPhone and iPad user, it does so without sacrificing its flexibility. The cohesiveness of ecosystem is what makes Yosemite such a success, even at this beta stage.The Verge90Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite reviewOS X 10.10 is a perfectly appropriate name: it’s the best OS X ever, but it’s still OS X. When it downloads and installs onto your machine, you’ll hardly even notice.TechRadar80OS X and iOS inch closer togetherâ€¦Yosemite does make compromises in its quest to integrate further with iOS, but there's a lot to like here, and some really neat new features.The VergeNot RatedMac OS X Yosemite previewMore than anything else, Yosemite is an example of Apple at the height of its powers. It takes part in an ecosystem of devices that ensures each one feels distinct and appropriate to its use, but nevertheless is recognizably Apple.9to5MacNot RatedHands-on with OS X Yosemite [Video]OS X Yosemite is by far the biggest change to OS X since its introduction itself, well over a decade ago. Of course, the biggest news here is the all new, iOS 7-inspired UI.
- 52AVERAGE USER SCORE40 ReviewsEngadget Reader50July 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Having upgraded my 2007 iMac over the years each OS has been incredible however Yosemite should never have touched that generation of Mac.The machine is only used as an iTunes media server for an Apple TV and the performance is so poor I have had to go back to anything but Yosemite.Currently using Mountain Lion and loving it in comparison.Engadget Reader50July 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!In a few words. Yosemite was the worst upgrade I have ever done on a Mac. Regret ever doing it. This will keep me for future upgrade. Really need quite a few weeks of users experiences until I can at least test it myself. Sorry Apple... what are you guys doing recently? Macs were always easy and fast to use.Engadget Reader90July 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEx2bot90July 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've found OS X 10.10 to be a robust, powerful OS that operates in a way that makes sense and works very well for me. It's been a sometimes bumpy ride the last few years starting with 10.7 Lion. Still, most of the awkward elements of 10.7 have been smoothed out at this point. My experience has been quite positive. One of the best parts of using Yosemite (and Mavericks) has been the significantly improved battery life on my MacBook Pro. I know the UI design has been controversial, but overall I'm satisfied with it. This time, transparency has been employed in an aesthetically pleasing manner that doesn't detract from usability. I've always admired Helvetica, one of the best typestyles ever, so having a variant as the system font was not an unwelcome change for me. I do believe Apple needs to continue refining the UI, and I'd like to see a return of some features such as Command-d for Don't Save in a dialog and less nagging about system updates (since I'm on metered satellite Internet, my updates must wait until I'm up at midnight).I did run into some unpleasantness with Discoveryd, the buggy successor to mDNSResponder (part of Bonjour). My problems, though, occurred in Mavericks, not Yosemite. Fortunately, mDNSResponder is back in 10.10.4. I'm pleased and hopeful Apple will take its time and make El Capitan less buggy than Yosemite (and similarly with iOS), since I know some users have had to deal with frustrating bugs. Fortunately for me, I've only had to deal with minor annoyances with Yosemite.Engadget Reader40July 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A disappointment at nearly every turn. A Big step back for OSX.Engadget Reader40July 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Disappointing release with increased FPS on certain games but sluggish interaction.bernstein70July 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is a general review of OSX since there hasn't been much change since Leopard anyway... Sure lots of new apps & app updates but that's apps not OSX.Sergio90July 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I used to have a Late 2008 Unibody MacBook that I was expecting to be slow so running Yosemite felt no different from Mavericks, that being said, I now have a 2015 13" MacBook Pro and it runs ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, smoother than every other OS I ran on my old MacBook so I guess it depends on the specs of your computer, newer ones are made together with the OS so they run lightning fastEngadget Reader20July 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - EngadgetEngadget Reader50July 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This OS update made my mid 2013 MBP completely unusable (practically no wireless, graphic issues requiring constant reboots, apple warranty refusing any action citing "it is normal"), and my MacBook trash can is annoying to use since it behaves even less like a *NIX (come on, at least honor symlinks Apple! These dirty tricks to make me buy bigger disks from you is really annoying). I am switching back to LINUX, I bought Surface Pro 3. Which comes with an even more annoying OS, but with a Linux install and a bit of tweaking, it is much more pleasant to use. I am also now building a mini-itx with 128 gb of ram to replace Mac ProEngadget Reader90July 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader10July 11, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - EngadgetEngadget Reader10June 26, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Yosemite has the worst design ever. The whole purpose of flat design is to make information more readable and reduce everything that can distract. What've done Apple, completely opposite they made colors so bright that they always distract, they've made menu text and all text on that transparent areas really hard to read as background can change its brightness almost to dark while text color is always black. They put too many controls in window header, there is almost no space where I can drag window, you have to find it somewhere in corners. Full screen button really sucks. Generally speaking it's a huge step back for Apple, they just took good flat design trend and fully distorted main purposes of it.Engadget Reader30May 17, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Worst iteration of OS X ever.After a clean install (10.10.3) one is still presented with a extremely slow finder (especially when handling large amounts of files) memory leeks in Preview with applying contrast for example. STILL spastic and gimmecky window jumps all over the place when doing drag and drop operations. still no Save As function. Just weird looking UI (even though this did not influence my score because it is just an astatic feature). Memory consumption is just extraordinarily high (just for the UI looks i guess!!) --> last good usable Apple OS for me was 10.6.8 sorry. i'm back using my 2009 Mac Mini with 10.6.8 installed. this machine fly's compared to my 2012 i7 Mac Mini with Yosemite.Engadget Reader10May 8, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I started to download it, but it took a very long time. Then-it made everything become pixalated, and had really bad shifting between pages. BEFORE IT DOWNLOADED! So, I just restated my Mac, and I am leaving it forever.Please, i am warning you, NEVER DOWNLOAD THIS!This is not me in the video.Engadget Reader40April 28, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Not impressed with OSX 10.10. So much so that I created an engadget user account just to post my review.The bottom line:â€¢ Poor configurabilityâ€¢ Terrible UI that suffers from many bad usability decisionsâ€¢ Nothing of interest for users who aren't obsessed with having their phone's functionality tied to their computer.Apple has made a string of terrible interface/usability decisions in the last couple of years. At the same time, they've ignored products that many creative and business users still rely on. Slapping a new coat of bright paint and changing the system font to Helvetica does not constitute a major OS release. I've used Apple products at work and at home since 1987. That means I've been a long-time supporter...and I've got to say there's really nothing here of substance or importance.Moving back to Mavericks.Engadget Reader10April 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I mistakenly put my review of the horrible Os X Yosemite on the Maverick page.So here it is again.Yosemite was installed against my will on my iMac .Now my system is wrecked- so slow - like it was in the 1990s with dial-up!!My email won't load. It is completely a disaster.but I understand it is nearly impossible to get rid of this shitty software!!Shame on you Apple I hate OS X YosemiteEngadget Reader60April 11, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I was happy with Snow leopard but I bought a new Garmin and I could not download the maps. It required the 10.10.2 that Yosemite has and there were several programs like Adobe that I could not upgrade. Opening web pages is slower. It is harder send the same email to mutable addresses. Now you have to highlight the addresses and drag them to BCC or CC or to TO. Before all one had to do was to click on how you wanted send then and all went to where you selected.Send pictures is harder. One can't just copy and paste picture to an email you have to drag them. Because when you copy and pasts just the numbers show on the email.I guess I will have to get use to it. I just understand when somethings are not broken why try to fix it.If it wasn't for not getting the upgrades one some of the programs they can dump their Yosemite into the Grand Canyon.Engadget Reader30April 2, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!On the individual ratable levels provided by Engadget, Yosemite isn't bad. But what Engadget doesn't have a rating for are things like Stability, and Yosemite is the most unstable version of OS X I've used since 2001. At least once a week I'll get a random reboot, and every single day my machine either will not cold start without a reboot, or will not shut down without rebooting itself. I've taken to just using the off switch instead of Shut Down, since 3/4 of the time it will just restart unless physically turned off.This is even after the patches released since back in October. If you haven't "upgraded" to Yosemite yet, DON'T. This is beta quality software!Engadget Reader80March 3, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!where the system is sound as far as stability, desperately needs the ability to disable certain features without 3rd party apps for educational settingsEngadget Reader10February 27, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Yosemite is god awful. Unless you like GPU panics, hard crashes, freezes and lower performance in benchmarks than Mavericks.... Not best impressed that I basically can't use the discrete graphics card properly on my Â£2k (when new) 2012 machine without a total system hang. Also, loads of software isn't compatible. Frankly, these issues make it the worst OS I have ever used, and I have used both Windows 8 and Vista in the past. Thing is, Vista didn't crash every time it switched from internal to discrete graphics cards, which means, that terrible as it was, it was fundamentally more stable and reliable than Yosemite. You can keep your bells and whistles, transparent windows and notification centers, if it falls over whenever I try to load Photoshop, it's as good as useless to me. I am trying to do pro work and I paid extra for a machine for that purpose. Might as well have picked up a Â£350 PC laptop if I can't make use of my discrete graphics and can't load bread and butter creativity software without an embarrassing crash. I will be ruling out hardware issues by taking advantage of Apple's free repair scheme for GPU issues with 2011/2012 Macs to ensure it isn't the hardware, but I am confident this is a shoddily coded, poorly tested, POS of an operating system is the route cause of, or at least a massively exacerbating factor in, the GPU issues that so many Yosemite users have developed since 'upgrading.'asteenbuck60February 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall a pretty good OS. It's hard for me to judge exactly how much faster Yosemite is than Mavericks because I got a new MBP as part of my final upgrade. I will say when I initially upgraded on the old one, it seemed sluggish for the few days I had it. On the new MBP, it is fast and responsive. Seems more stable under heavy load than my previous one. The new version of Safari almost stole me away from Firefox, but not quite. I switched back to my previous MBP for a little bit to migrate some old files, and I'm amazed by how cartoony Mavericks looks in comparison. It is a good looking operating system. That being said, I'm not a huge fan of everything. I preferred the look of Mavericks' dock, and I don't really like the folder icons in finder, or alot of the new app icons for that matter (not a huge deal since I overrode them with custom icons anyway). I also really dislike the new Spotlight, with the search bar in the middle of the screen.At first I had a few issues with other apps being upgraded or optimized for Yosemite (mostly Homebrew/developer stuff), but most of that has been ironed out by now.I don't really use any of the built-in apps (mail, calendar, messages), but they seem like solid upgrades over their previous versions. I use the Outlook for Mac app (part of Office 365) for my email/calendar, and I feel that it's better than the baked-in stuff provided here. The iCloud and iPhone integrations are nice, but I don't have any other iOS devices to really make use of it. Some of my coworkers have had issues with Messages sending to the wrong contact method. For example fairly frequently, a coworker will try to send me an IM through HipChat (using Messages as the client), and the message will come to me over text. It seems to get stuck on whatever the last form of contact was, and must not make it clear enough how it is going to send a message.Engadget Reader10February 16, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Terrible. I wish I could downgrade easily. It's hideous looking, buggy, handoff doesn't work, my software freezes and crashes, spotlight is less functional. Awful awful awful. I quit.Engadget Reader40February 8, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - EngadgetEngadget Reader60February 7, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This OS is not yet ready. I still run into crashes, apps suddenly quitting, etc. The wifi connection is notably less stable than on Mavericks. Several smaller connection issues, with bluetooth, interference etc.Engadget Reader10February 3, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So disappointed. Since getting OS X Yosemite, my mac has slowed down so much, I have wifi connection issues, I'm constantly having to force quit and forcibly shut down my laptop. So frustrated as I originally got a Mac for its smoothness & easy use, as well as no issues with freezing & battery life. Will definitely be changing back to Maverick if I can.Engadget Reader80January 25, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I was windows user for 15 years and I didn't know how fast and reliable it's MacOSX...It was the most pleasant experience to use it.....!!!!!!!Engadget Reader50January 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Very disappointed. After "upgrading" I got the following: my system slow down a lot, battery life got awful, pdf rendering became sluggish and clumsy, wi-fi issues, overall A MOST UNWANTED UPGRADE.Engadget Reader20January 10, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Very disappointed. This is Apple's way of becoming a Microsoft-type klutzy product: slowing down the system; crippling valuable apps (like Adobe Photoshop -forcing you to purchase upgrade-, messing up the Apple mail tool and making Safari very clumsy. A MOST UNWANTED UPGRADE, wish I could undo it.Engadget Reader10December 30, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Apple has completely lost the plot. I have wasted countless hours of my time force quitting, re-starting, re-installing on a daily/hourly basis. Most times on this specific project, every 15 minutes requires a restart, and reload of Adobe Premier CC. It's quite appalling. The project will either crash, or just stop displaying any video. And it's not even heavy media.This new OS (Yosemite) is appalling beyond any other previous release of failed Apple OS, and i've been through it all before. I was forced to use Yosemite while on production (after the purchase of a new mac preloaded with Yosemite), as the laptop I was using completely died, suddenly will not boot. (8 month old, needs a new logic board apparently, and power module - made in China?? Quality GONE!!).Nothing works for longer than 5 minutes. Network settings are all over the place. Nothing is retained. No settings work correctly the second time. Wifi is a disaster. Wifi personal hotspot is now a complete mess with the iphone. Video is rubbish. Unless you have a stable internet connection - you are basically left completely inoperable. The wheel spins and spins and spins! Try a restart, that process hangs too. It's a complete joke. And try mounting a thunderbolt SSD while a copy is on progress. You'll have to wait till the copy is done before you may mount your drive sir... and when it's a 56gb file, well... Productivity is at an all time ZERO!People at Apple are clearly not using their own systems in anything other than social media. Don't Apple test this stuff before release? Do 21 year old designers design functionality of the system based on look? Bring back professional products and stop changing things for the sake of change. Or let's take away cut and paste. Maybe drag and drop. Just because you can.Engadget Reader30December 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Yosemite is visually very nice, but unpractical. I really miss the boldness that the last one had. Furthermore, I have returned to Mavericks because of the constant wifi problems and the new update is probably not going to fix that. This is a killer for me, because I rely on WiFi and it is stupid that it is not working. Fix that and I will probably go back, because new updates are only for Yosemite.Engadget Reader100November 23, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 16, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My Macbook was a little 'stuttery' with Mavericks. It had an occasional problem restarting. Wake from sleep could be hit and miss. All these problems have gone with Yosemite. This version of OS X is th best yet for me. My Macbook with 8GB RAM runs Yosemite really well. Apps open really fast. When open apps are really responsive. Mail is great and is my default email client for the first time ever. I would recommend people upgrade to Yosemite if they have the RAM. I have heard the OS can chug with a Mac with only 4GB RAM.Engadget Reader100October 27, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Steve Jobs came back and helped them launch Yosemite! (with all respect)I've been using Apple's OS since Panther. The Yosemite update was visually and functionally the best so far.There were alot of bugs in Mavericks. Loading time was horrific at times, programs closing without notice.It takes advantage of mac hardware better than the previous OS I havent run into (surprisingly) any real bugs since Yosemite update. I use the OS for design, coding, filing and emailing mainly. Each of those items is working like a charm (at the moment).Engadget Reader100October 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80October 23, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I'm pretty new to OS X (I've had my Macbook Pro for about 3 months now), but I've never used an OS that I've been more happy with. I used to hate Apple, assuming all they did was overcharge for a product that wasn't at all superior. I was wrong. I don't think I've ever been quite so happy with a product and its performance, other than perhaps my phone.Seeing as how I entered the beta program for Yosemite as soon as it opened, and pretty quickly got an invite, I don't have much to compare Yosemite to with regards to OS X specifically, as it's pretty much the only version of OS X I've used (I was on Mavericks for maybe a couple of weeks). Having said that, the OS is fluid and beautiful, most of the time. I do wish OS X was more open, but this is Apple, so I know better. The iPhone sharing stuff means nothing to me, as I use an Android phone and have no plans of switching. It's not something that I would utilize much anyway, though I'm sure there are many people who will. I don't use Safari, Mail, Calendar, or any of the other stuff too. I've been "in the browser" for years now, and I don't see an advantage to going back to desktop apps. Sure, it'd be nice if Apple would do something similar for Android phones, but... well, I feel silly for even typing that sentence, and I suspect Google is working on a Chrome-based solution anyway.I also have some minor complaints, like how mapped drives (or whatever OS X calls them) won't reconnect after my MBP wakes up, and the silliness of maximizing windows, and the occasional spinning color wheel that just seems to happen randomly, and how I can't do something as delete a file without first sending it to trash. It's all pretty small stuff, and I realize I'd have much bigger complaints on Windows or Linux (for the record, I'm typing this on a work (Windows) PC, and I was using Linux before I bought the MBP), but I'm saying it to say that there is still room for improvement, and I hope Apple decides to focus on some of the smaller stuff that everyone can use instead of focusing so heavily on iPhone land. One can dream. Until then, I'm still amazed at how happy I am with OS X, and I'm glad I finally took the plunge.Engadget Reader20October 22, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The minute I finished "upgrading" to Yosemite, my Mac started acting just like a PC. All bad.Engadget Reader70October 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!At least it is better than Mavericks.Engadget Reader80October 6, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100September 28, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Without violating NDA, I'll just say it exceeds my expectations, outperforming Mavericks on the same hardware while adding great new functionality, all without compromising compatibility with my mission critical tools.
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