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OS X Yosemite Download Problems



There is no official OS X Yosemite download time, but the free update is now available on the Mac App Store and users are running into OS X Yosemite download problems that prevent them from starting the installation or even the download.

We expected long OS X Yosemite download times, but it’s surprising to see Apple start off the release with OS X Yosemite download problems that don’t include any helpful information.

This is one reason you may not want to install OS X Yosemite today. Most of the time these types of download problems go away after a few hours. If you see any of these OS X Yosemite download errors, try again in an hour or two, or wait until tomorrow.

OS X Yosemite download errors appear.

OS X Yosemite download errors appear.

The two main OS X Yosemite download problems include an early message saying the OS X Yosemite download is not available in the U.S. App Store, which was a temporary message while Apple turned on the page and made the download available.

Read: OS X Yosemite Release Date Tips

Now users are seeing two OS X Yosemite download errors when they attempt to buy the free update or when they try to click on download OS X Yosemite in the Mac App Store. They are shown below.

“This item is temporarily unavailable. Try again later.”

After clicking OK, users see a second message stating,

“We could not complete your request. There was an error in the App Store. Please try again later. (null)”

Clicking OK closes this window and returns the user to the OS X Yosemite listing in the Mac App Store. This prevents the OS X Yosemite download from starting.

These temporary OS X Yosemite download errors should subside soon.

These temporary OS X Yosemite download errors should subside soon.

Gotta Be Mobile experienced this error on multiple Macs. If you see either of these OS X Yosemite download errors you should try again in a little while.

Users on Twitter report similar OS X Yosemite download errors, including the (null) error that prevents the download from starting.

The best thing to do is to wait for these OS X Yosemite download problems to pass. It is very likely that within 30 to 60 minutes Apple will complete the behind the scenes work and make the OS X 10.10 available to everyone without any download problems.

You can follow our tips to prepare for the OS X Yosemite release while you wait and check out the new OS X Yosemite features in the slides below to see what is coming to your Mac soon.

OS X Yosemite Release & Feature Roundup

New OS X Yosemite Design

New OS X Yosemite Design

The biggest change in OS X Yosemite is the new look and design. Similar to the visual upgrade the iPhone and iPad received last year this free OS X update brings a new, but familiar look to your Mac. 

Apple's new look for OS X Yosemite starts with redesigned buttons, windows and elements. You won't be lost when you open Yosemite, but you will notice a cleaner overall design. There are now translucent areas in some apps that show a blurred view of what's behind and the toolbars are now less cluttered and more useful.

Apple also changes the OS X Yosemite dock and system fonts to make OS X Yosemite look better on a Retina display. Notification Center and Spotlight are also new, which we cover in more detail below.  

The OS X Yosemite video above walks through the various changes to OS X Yosemite design. 


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  1. David Cain

    10/18/2014 at 5:17 am

    I have had a serious problem trying to upgrade to Yosemite. All started OK, downloading for 2 ½ hours. Then restart steps started and on the second restart my iMac froze with a plain grey screen, after the Apple logo and progress bar started. These disappeared and left me with a plain grey screen and a mouse pointer. No support available here in Cyprus (AppleUK & USA sites just pointed me back to a screen sying find local support!). Browsing around in my ipad I foundsome information, followed the suggestions to restart etc. – no sucess, same result. Only way forward it seems is to do a Time Machine recovery of the OSX Mavericks, but this wipes all my files, so hoping Time Machine will come up with those as well!
    Not sure about trrying it againin the absence of any advice so if anyone has any suggestions I would be pleased to hear the?

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