Last week Apple released its latest desktop operating system – OS X Yosemite (10.10). Like its predecessor Mavericks, this new operating system is available for free when downloaded from Mac App Store.
What is different?
OS X Yosemite is the first Mac operating system that allows for the seamless integration between Mac computers and iOS devices – specifically those using iOS 8.1. Transitioning from one device to the next is made possible with iCloud Drive, which leverages the new feature Handoff and the improvements to AirDrop, SMS and Messages. Handoff allows you to use Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Keynote, Numbers, and Pages interchangeably between Mac and iOS. The enhanced AirDrop allows you to easily share files with iOS devices, and it will automatically download files shared between two devices with the same Apple ID. Please note that ITS has not yet completed a formal investigation of security and privacy on iCloud Drive, but at this time we would advise users to not store any potentially sensitive information, including any work data, on this cloud.
Yosemite is intended to pair with iPhones and other Apple products, and many features may only work with devices capable of running iOS 8.1. You can now receive SMS messages and even phone calls on your computer that were originally sent to your iPhone. Group messaging has also been improved, allowing you to name, mute or even leave group conversations in Messages. It is also possible to turn your iPhone into a Personal Hotspot for your Mac.
Should I upgrade now? The ITS perspective
Since OS X Yosemite has just been released, ITS has not yet had the opportunity to test its compatibility with all of Northeastern’s networks, applications and systems. Currently ITS cannot guarantee that those who upgrade will have a seamless transition. ITS is testing and analyzing our various applications and services on this new operating system, and we will provide further information once our testing and analysis is complete.
- Faculty and staff on Northeastern-managed Macs – We caution against upgrading to OS X Yosemite at this time. We are working on testing the operating system with all of our systems and applications. The new operating system will be included in a future ITS Mac image configuration, to be released early 2015.
- Unmanaged Northeastern-owned Macs and personal Macs – As with any new software release, there will likely be issues identified and addressed by Apple over the coming weeks. It is always a good idea to weigh being an early adopter of a new technology with the risk inherent in any software upgrade.
If you do choose to upgrade, please note while the Service Desk staff will always try its best to be of assistance with issues that may arise, this operating system is not currently supported by ITS.
For more information about OS X Yosemite, please visit http://www.apple.com/osx/
Wall Street Journal – OS X Yosemite Review: The Mac Cozies Up to the iPhone
Gizmodo – 17 Things You Can Do in OS X Yosemite That You Couldn’t Do in Mavericks
MacWorld – How to prepare for OS X Yosemite: Get your Mac ready to download & install OS X 10.10