Note: Non-Apple people are encouraged to skip this one as it will make little difference to your life.
I spent a few days this week upgrading the operating systems on the MacBook Air to OSX Yosemite (OSX 10.10) and my iPad and iPhone to iOS 8.1. The entire process has been easier than anticipated. I did essentially a clean install on the phone, which almost tripled my free space. I did nothing fancy on the iPad, but the upgrade went smoothly. When I got to the MacBook I was contemplating a clean install (“Nuke and Pave” per Katie Floyd of the Mac Power Users podcast) but decided to just load Yosemite over the top of Mavericks. However I’m considering a re-install with a wiped drive. I think I have the guts to do it. I’ll need several hours to get it done but I expect the result to be more drive space and a sense of satisfaction for having successfully accomplished something that’s a little outside my comfort zone.
Generally I’m OK with the new Operating System. I haven’t found anything to squawk about so far. The concerns I had about iCloud Drive have been resolved, most by waiting for App upgrades from developers. I’m reading John Siracusa’s analysis of Yosemite and it’s guiding me through attributes I might not have noticed or been confused by.
Some things have been moved from their traditional locations. Example: Accessing Disk Utility was formerly done by clicking the so-named button on the Storage tab in About this Mac. It doesn’t exist in Yosemite. But after a few minutes of, “Oh, man… What am I going to do now?” I figured out I could look for Disk Utility in Alfred. No problem, and using Alfred is faster than drilling down through the menu.
My old eyes have to strain a bit to see many of the interface items, so I’ve taken advantage of system settings that increase contrast and decrease transparency. Much of the hyperbole has centered on how wonderful Yosemite looks on a retina display — which I don’t own. It looks fine on my old 20" monitor.
Ever since its Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June, Apple has indicated that the new toys in Yosemite/iOS 8 would play well on a mid–2011 MacBook Air (MBA). Now that I’ve installed the new OSs their tune has changed. My MBA will not run the Continuity stuff, which was mostly the reason I’ve spent the last several days updating Operating Systems.
When I bought my MacBook Air I was really impressed. It’s extremely portable and it had enough processor and RAM to do what I wanted; then I took up photography. It wasn’t long before I ran out of drive space. If that wasn’t bad enough, the image software I use taxes both the dual-core processor and the 4GB of RAM.
In order to have enough computing power to work the way I want I’ll need a new computer, which I’m perfectly happy doing — a non-retina 27" iMac with 16GB of memory, and a 1 Terabyte fusion drive, if you please. An iMac would resolve my capacity and performance issues.
Unfortunately Jen would throw large objects at me if I came home with the machine of my dreams.