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OS X Yosemite Upgrade – To Upgrade or Not
Just recently, Apple launched the OS X 10.10, also known as Yosemite. For Apple die-hards, upgrading is a knee-jerk response – the minute Apple announces an upgrade, they do so immediately. There are other people who will take some time before upgrading, as they consider the many implications involved with upgrading.
Ever since Mavericks, the Apple Company has removed a key element in upgrading, which is the price. Upgrading now costs nothing, it is absolutely free. This shift enables the company to move its user base much faster. It also simultaneously threatens Microsoft with their comparable pricing factor.
Additionally, this free upgrade encourages many software developers to make an update in their programs, since they can now count on the large user base for new updates. However, just because this upgrade does not cost you a thing does not mean you can upgrade without giving the implications a second thought. You need to carefully consider your decision for upgrading and put into consideration, your own usage needs.
This is not to say that you should not go through with the upgrade. It is just a precautionary measure you should take before pulling the trigger.
Will your Mac Support this Upgrade?
Unfortunately, not all Macs support the upgrade. Before you start the upgrade, you should first confirm that the Mac you are using is supported by Apple. The upside is that if you bought your Mac a few years back, there is a high likelihood that it is supported.
Will Your Mission-Critical Utilities and Apps Work On This New OS?
Once you have established that your Mac is a successful candidate for the upgrade, the next step is determining whether the things you use daily will still be working after the upgrade. For some people, this means a long list of apps. The good news is that most productivity applications like Evernote will most likely work. The applications that might not work are those that do some odd things with the Operating System.
For example, assume that you support AirParrot monitor software, four screens, Keyboard Maestro and SwitchResX for control and screen management. If any of these programs no longer worked after the upgrade, you will be paralyzed and thus unable to work.
Therefore, before you make that upgrade, you need to verify their compatibility. In any case, make sure that you make a full audit of the applications you mostly rely on for your day-to-day work. The least you can do is ensure that the critical applications can survive the upgrade.
Does the New OS Have Compelling Features?
Yosemite comes with several new features. The most popular ones are the Handoff and Continuity features. Both features aim at making it easy for you to switch between your Mac, iPad and iPhone even when there is an application being used. While this is an interesting feature, there are some critics who find it to be a good recipe for disaster.
There are other things that will amaze you with Yosemite – for example associated improvements and bug fixes accompanying the new OS. The faintly flatter look might also interest you.