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What is OS X Yosemite?


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What is OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite, named after Yosemite National Park in California, is the new operating system that Apple is releasing for Mac. It’s a whole step up from their current operating system, OS X Mavericks. With this OS X update, there are so many newer and better ways for you to use your Mac. They’ve created a new look, upgraded native apps like Safari and Spotlight, and have even built a connection between OS X and iOS that pretty much makes them best friends.

But overall, they’ve made it easier than ever for you to get the information you want, when you want it, through a variety of ways. We know that this new OS X release is one worth waiting for because it really brings about changes in connectivity.


What else should I know about OS X Yosemite?

You should know a few things, and definitely need to know some others. We’ve listed 8 common questions that most Mac users are asking themselves. Each question has a short writeup about the topic. So, why wait? Get your read on!

  1. Should you upgrade to OS X Yosemite?
    Short answer? Yes. And if you’ve got an iPhone, then without a doubt yes. OS X Yosemite is looking to make all your devices work off of each other. But that’s not all it’s going to do. OS X Yosemite is making using your Mac easier than ever. It’s got a ton of new upgrades for your native apps like Safari and Spotlight, and also has some internal changes including its design, speed, and usability.

    Want more? Read about it in Why should I upgrade to OS X Yosemite?

  2. What’s new in OS X Yosemite?
    A whole lot, that’s what. Major apps got some major changes, including Spotlight, Safari, Mail, Messages, and Notifications. And not only changes, but some new stuff as well, including Instant Hotspot and improved syncing between iOS and OS X. Here’s a tidbit: you can now respond to messages on your iPhone from your Mac.

    Anyway, this is just the surface. Dive in with our article What are the new features in OS X Yosemite?

  3. How to get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite
    When upgrading to OS X Yosemite, there are a few things every Mac user should know. One of the most important things is not about the features or if you should upgrade, but can you upgrade. Do you know how much space you need? Do you know which Mac models can upgrade to OS X Yosemite?

    We go over all the need-to-know information, including the steps to check each area, in our article How to Get Your Mac Ready for OS X Yosemite.

  4. Will my Mac run OS X Yosemite?
    Similar to the above section, this question goes straight to the heart of the matter. Can your Mac run OS X Yosemite? It’s all the requirements needed, without the added extras.

    Learn all the basic requirements of OS X Yosemite in our article Will my Mac run OS X Yosemite?

  5. How to upgrade your Mac to OS X Yosemite
    The process of upgrading can be a pain. You need to know how to prepare before upgrading, the system requirements for OS X Yosemite, and how to go about upgrading. We boil it all down in one article and walk you through the entire process. Plus, we’ll give you some helpful tips along the way.

    Read about upgrading your Mac to OS X Yosemite in How to Upgrade Your Mac to OS X Yosemite.

  6. How to backup your Mac before upgrading to OS X Yosemite
    Backing up your Mac is essential. It doesn’t matter if you’re upgrading or not, having a backup helps you out in the long run. If your Mac decides to magically fall apart, which could really happen at any moment, where would you be without a backup of your current Mac?

    Take a look at our step-by-step guide on backing up your Mac in How to Back Up Your Mac Before Upgrading to OS X Yosemite.

  7. What is a clean install, and can I do it with OS X Yosemite?
    Want a brand new start on a brand new OS X? A clean install is the thing for you. It’s your Mac, but without all the junk you have on it right now. No more apps or files, just a brand new Mac. If you’d rather make your Mac brand new again, skip doing a regular install and do a clean install.

    We’ll show you how to do a clean install in our article How to Clean Install OS X Yosemite.

  8. How to revert to a backup on your Mac
    So, you’ve upgraded to OS X Yosemite and want to go back. Not to worry, we’ll teach you how to revert to an older backup of your OS X. You did create a backup of your previous system, no?

    After the release of OS X Yosemite, you can read all about reverting to a backup of your Mac in our article How to Revert to Backup on Your Mac.



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