The OS X Yosemite downloads start sometime today, but if you are just finding out about the free update for your Mac, there are a few reasons to skip it for now.
We’ll take a look at five reasons you shouldn’t install OS X Yosemite today. There are no major issues that we know of, but with any major update you need to realize that installing it on day one brings some risks that aren’t as big after a few days or weeks.
Even though Apple spent the last several months testing OS X Yosemite there may still be bugs and installing on day one adds to the problem with the potential of slow downloads and more time spent waiting.
Apple announced the OS X Yosemite release date as today, October 16th, during an event where they also shared news of new iPads, a new iMac Retina and a new Mac mini. Apple did not announce a specific OS X Yosemite release time, and the download is not yet in the Mac App Store.
When you install OS X Yosemite you’ll gain access to many new features and a new look for the Mac software. The change isn’t as startling as the iOS 7 update last year, but you’ll know you are using something new. There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the OS X Yosemite update, but if you aren’t prepared it is worth waiting. Here are a few reasons to wait before you install OS X Yosemite.
Don’t Want Bugs
Installing the of an update like Yosemite is bound to come with a few bugs. There is a good chance that these are small bugs that you can live with until the first OS X 10.10 update arrives, but there is always a chance that Apple missed something which could seriously impact your use.
It’s a good idea to wait a few days if possible to see if any bugs are found that you can’t live with. We should see the first OS X Yosemite problems and bugs appear on Apple forums soon after the downloads start.
Long Downloads Are Annoying
If you try to install the update on the OS X Yosemite release date you need to prepare for long updates. Every time Apple offers new software for the Mac or iPhone users line up to be the first to download and the company can’t keep up.
This turns a 30 minute download into one that can take several hours. You don’t need to sit and wait for the download to finish, but it means a longer wait to start the Yosemite installation.
You Own an Old Mac
If you use an old MacBook, old MacBook Air or any old Mac you should wait to install OS X Yosemite. Big updates like this never run as nice on old hardware. The OS X Yosemite compatibility list includes;
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
There are many very old Macs on this list. If you own a Mac within two years of the cutoff you should wait to see how the Yosemite update performs before installing it.
You use Mission Critical Apps
If you use any apps for work, managing your family or just for fun that you can’t live without for a few weeks, you need to wait. Many OS X Yosemite app updates are in the Mac App Store or available from developers, but you better make sure before clicking install.
You Aren’t Prepared
There are many steps to take before you install OS X Yosemite. If you haven’t done any of these you should really consider waiting to start the OS X 10.10 installation. Some of the major steps to prepare for the OS X Yosemite release include;
- Clean Up Your Mac
- Make Sure Your Apps Work
- Perform a Backup
- Know your Apple ID and Password
If you don’t have time set aside and have these basic steps under control you are better off waiting a few days to start your OS X Yosemite installation.