Apple recently released operating system upgrades for the Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad. I have taken my time to evaluate the changes and the chatter from the internet and can highly recommend to making the changes.
Apple took a different approach with the development and release of OSX 10 Yosemite. Rather than limiting the beta versions to a relatively small group of developers, Apple made the Beta available to the public, allowing a much larger group of actual users to test the software. Given that fact, there have not been any wide spread stories about bugs. I think this was a good decision by Apple.
Make sure to upgrade all your devices that use iCloud services otherwise you risk problems sharing the data and handing over tasks between your Mac’s and iPhone and iPad. Before you upgrade, make sure your Mac is capable of handling the new operating system. Besides the minimum requirements as stated by Apple, I strongly recommend you have at least 4GB of memory installed.
First verify if your applications are compatible
Verify with the vendor of your favorite applications that their Application is compatible with the new operating system. In particular for business critical software that you need to rely on. If you upgrade from 10.6 or older it is very important your legacy software can be updated or replaced by an alternative. Once you upgrade the Mac beyond 10.6 it is impossible to roll back.
Updating your Mac:
- Verify that the Time Machine Back-Up is up-to-date
- Create a 2nd back-up on a 2nd drive (Super Duper is a great tool!)
- Open the app store and download Yosemite (free!)
- Follow the instructions and enjoy the ride.
Best practice upgrading your iPhone / iPad to iOS 8.1:
- Connect with USB cable to the Mac that holds the iTunes library it is synced with.
- Allow iTunes to download iOS 8.1
- Back up the device to this computer (important!)
- Let iTunes finish the installation
- Restore from the back-up
- Disconnect the the device and update all your apps.
Alternatively I am happy to do this for you during a Mac Tune-Up in my lab.