Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite review

After months in beta since its unveiling at WWDC 2014 in June, Apple released OS X Yosemite in October for Mac users to download and install for free. We've spent time with the new operating system to bring you our OS X Yosemite review.

The successor to OS X Mavericks and the second iteration in Apple's current California places naming convention, Yosemite has a new design, new cloud features, an improved Notification centre and new Continuity features that aim to improve the communication between your iOS device and your Mac (but it doesn't always work).

Yosemite on Macs

Read on to find out more about Yosemite's new features and whether they're actually any good in our OS X Yosemite review.

OS X Yosemite review

OS X Yosemite review: Upgrading & compatibility

Any owner of a sufficiently powerful Mac can upgrade to Yosemite for free. In order to do so, go to Apple's site, and find the Yosemite page. Here's a direct link. Click the blue Upgrade Now button. Follow the instructions in the Mac App Store.

Your Mac will need 2GB of RAM to run Yosemite, and 8GB of available storage. You'll also need to be currently running OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later, because you'll need the Mac App Store to download the update.

OS X Yosemite system requirements

Yosemite will run on the following Macs:

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

The system requirements for Yosemite are the same as those for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the current operating system for Mac.

Next section: OS X Yosemite review: Design