After announcing new iPads and Macs today, Apple has unleashed OS X Yosemite on the world as a free download in the Mac App Store. Yosemite is a major upgrade to OS X that’s been in developer and public beta for the past several months.
“OS X Yosemite is the most advanced version of OS X we’ve ever built, with a brand new design, amazing Continuity features and powerful versions of the apps you use every day,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, in a statement. “OS X Yosemite ushers in the future of computing, where your Apple devices all work together seamlessly and magically. It’s something only Apple can do, and it’s available today.”
Before you install Yosemite, make sure your Mac is supported.
Here’s Apple’s official compatibility list:
- 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)
If you’re on one of the Macs listed above, then head on over to the Mac App Store and start downloading! Make sure you have at least one backup just in case something goes wrong, but Apple’s installer is pretty straightforward and should leave all of your data untouched.
New releases in the App Store can take a little while to propagate in different areas, so if you’re not seeing Yosemite now, check again in a few minutes.
We have plenty of more coverage for Yosemite coming, so stay tuned.
Source: Mac App Store