One of the things I hear myself repeating to customers over and over is the same thing I’ll tell you today: stay current with your OS as much as your workflow/apps will allow. In doing so, you protect yourself against all kinds of malicious internet attacks, malware, spyware, and phishing schemes. With Apple's incessant pop-up notifications, sometimes it's easier just to upgrade and be done with it; however, it's beneficial to some users to stay with an older OS than to update to the latest version.
I’m a big proponent of staying current with the ever-changing progress of technology, as long as you can afford to, and it is expensive. Frequently changing tech and seemingly-constant updates is the reality of our technological world. However, even with relatively dated tech (for a Mac, > 4 years but < 10), an upgrade to the latest OS could breathe new life into your machine...but it could also cause it to run slower than usual and even cause all sorts of crashes.
It all depends on the software you rely on most and the hardware on which you run said software.
As I said in my last article, I regret upgrading to El Capitan (10.11) so soon because it’s still quite buggy. Many people felt the same about Yosemite, but I didn’t.
I loved Yosemite!
I sang its praises every chance I get, for Yosemite (10.10) breathed new life into my old(ish) MacBook Pro (late 2008). It ran like new again. It was faster and more responsive than it had been in years, all on 4GB RAM. Plus, it was so pretty! Apple redesigned this OS to look more like my beloved iPhone and iPad, patterning it after iOS.
Oh, Yosemite! How I miss thee!
Of course, it wasn’t all rainbows and puppy kisses. There were some things Yosemite introduced that really annoyed me. First and foremost, doing away with iPhoto and replacing it with Photos. This came about with 10.10.3, and there was no going back.
The other thing that annoys me to no end is the Handoff, also introduced with Yosemite. This enables your computer to answer calls from your iPhone. I’m one of those OCD types than cannot bear to see those little red numbers saying something hasn’t been read or has been missed. Sometimes I feel as if 20% of my day is going through app after app, updating and reading all the unreads just to get rid of those little red numbers. This Handoff doubled my work, not to mention interrupt my workflow.
I generally keep my ringer off so as not to be interrupted by a lone phone call. As a writer, the writing zone is this elusive place that’s very difficult to get into and very easy to fall out of. A single text ding will shatter my concentration, not to mention what a phone call does, so I’m very careful about keeping my phone on silent and across the room when writing.
Forget about that with Handoff! Now my phone rings on my iPhone, my iPad, and my Macbook Pro! It inevitably pops up when I’m in the middle of a rather inspirational moment, ripping me out of the writing zone as I scramble to dismiss the incoming call. Since I mostly text for communication these days, it adds insult to injury when I realize some random marketing call or automated survey prompt threw a wrench into my day. Then I have to deal with those little red numbers on three different devices to dismiss that missed call.
Yes. Not a fan of Handoff. Pas de tout!
But then, every relationship has it’s hiccups, and Yosemite had far greater pleasures than it did frustrations. Overall, I adore Yosemite.
Oh, Yosemite! How I miss thee!
Although I talk with many customers who don't feel the same about Yosemite. They didn't just not like it. They hated it! They wanted to return to Snow Leopard (10.6) because they hated Yosemite so much.
Although the Snow Leopard OS is over five years old (fairly ancient in the terms of technology), many, many people prefer it, something I'll never understand. But then I'm not running the same apps they are. My workflow doesn't count on Snow Leopard. It wouldn't cost me hundreds of dollars to get new software in order to run a more recent OS.
The biggest (& most expensive) software I use is Adobe Creative Suite 4. That's several generations old now, since they’ve been through 5, 6, 7, and now The Cloud. Several customers have called complaining it won't work on Yosemite, and it's important because their business relies on Photoshop or InDesign. It's daunting for them to think of having to upgrade to the pricey cloud, but at the same time it's frustrating to have their work repeatedly interrupted and even lost due to hang-ups and crashes.
Like all technology, the older the software, the more difficult it will be to run on a newer OS. I haven't had any problems running CS4 on Yosemite or even El Capitan, but then I hardly use it these days. It's a remnant of a former life and profession. I might open Photoshop to edit a picture for my blog or some social media, but I no longer create print-ready marketing materials on Photoshop or format novels on InDesign.
My point is that no single OS is good or bad...but thinking makes it so. It spends on your needs, workflow, and hardware as to whether or not you will have a pleasant or frustrating experience with a particular OS. Certainly there are certain operating systems (OS) where a significant number of people experience trouble *cough* Windows Vista *cough*, but I bet we could find some who loved it so much they still use it.
As I’ve said before, computers are temperamental machines. What runs well for one person might not for the next. To make your decision, research. Google is your friend, and it will reveal scores of forums and articles on your very dilemma with a simple search.
Find out what other people experience, good and bad, whose workflow is similar to yours. Whose software and hardware combination is similar to yours. You will save yourself weeks or months of frustration with a few hours of research.
Contact your PowerMax representative before upgrading any OS or iOS. Apple provides regular reminders to upgrade, but this may not always be in your best interest, depending on your peripherals, especially with products like the iPhone and iPad. We're always happy to help!
For me, I miss my Yosemite. I lament leaving it every day since September 30, 2015. As Jagger says, “You don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone,” and I had a gem with Yosemite.
Oh Yosemite! How I miss thee….
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