With almost all major new software releases from Apple, older devices and machines tend to get left behind, and having just announced iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite at its WWDC keynote earlier on this week, it has since been confirmed that the the iPhone 4 will not be carried over to the next generation of Apple’s mobile software line. Yosemite hasn’t, however, claimed any victims, and so if your Mac is compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks or indeed 10.8 Mountain Lion, then you should have no problem applying this free Yosemite update when it eventually does release.
Given the fact that OS X updates are becoming very rudimentary with each cycle, it’s not much of a surprise that Mavericks machines are perfectly capable of handling this moderate bump to Yosemite. In fact, the changes therein are largely aesthetic, with large parts of the user interface having been given an iOS 7-like makeover, and although there are a bunch of useful adjustments in terms of functionality, it’s essentially as you were as far as Apple’s desktop software is concerned.
If you’re running a Mac now on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or 10.9 Mavericks, then rest assured that 10.10 Yosemite is compatible with your machine. However, for the sake of clarification, here’s a run-down of the minimum set-up you’ll need to install the sleeker new flavor of OS X:
Early 2009 MacBook 13-inch
Late 2008 MacBook 13-inch (Aluminum model)
Mid-2009 MacBook Pro 13-inch
Mid / Late 2007 MacBook Pro 15-inch
Late 2007 MacBook Pro 17-inch
Late 2008 MacBook Air
Early 2009 Mac Mini
Early 2008 Mac Pro
Early 2009 Xserve
So, just to clarify, if you have any of the aforementioned models or a subsequent successor, then you’re all set for some OS X 10.10 Yosemite action.
Apple unleashed plenty of details pertaining to Yosemite at the keynote on Monday, but since we’re still discovering tidbits of information all the time, it’s clear that plenty of little quirks were left for developers to discover for themselves.
The final version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite is expected to release at some point next month, and will be a free update.