Tech-Friendly: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite is not a must have, but iOS 8.1 is a welcome upgrade

Paul Gorski
Paul Gorski

By Paul Gorski

Should you upgrade to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite? Maybe. The upgrade does not make my life easier, but you might like it. I manage Macs used for print and web production, and Yosemite does not improve my production workflow; it complicates matters.

Apple changed the default system font to Helvetica Neue, which is a commonly used font in print. The system Helvetica Neue conflicts with the version we use. That is a production problem. I have worked around it, but I am not excited about the solution.

You do not likely have the same production concerns as I do. You might just love the new iOS 8-like look and feel, and the tighter integration between your Mac and iOS devices. I will not cover those new features here because I have no use for them. If you want my comments on these features, post your questions online or email me and I will elaborate.

The update has been stable, though. I have been using the public beta of Yosemite since it came out and have not found any conflicts with the Microsoft Office suite, Adobe apps or any other apps that I have installed. That is impressive. Also, Apple seems to have fixed a few hiccups in the Mail.app that appeared in the public beta.

If your Mac is running Mac OS X 10.8 or 10.9, you can upgrade to 10.10, but I would wait a few weeks to see what bugs might surface. More on the upgrade process at: https://www.apple.com/osx/how-to-upgrade/.

Apple just released iOS 8.1 for iPhones and iPads. I am running iOS 8.1 on my iPhone 5c and a test iPhone 6 (review coming next week) without any problems. Version 8.1 fixes a boatload of bugs in v8 and should be a safe update for most iPhone users. iOS 8.1 is what v8 should have been, bringing back the Camera Roll feature and fully enabling Apple Pay on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple Pay is a new service/technology that allows you to make electronic payments at certain retailers. Read more about the service here: https://www.apple.com/apple-pay/. Until Woodman’s food market starts accepting Apple Pay, I will not have much use for the service. I will comment more on iOS 8.1 in my iPhone 6 article.

There are no “must have” features for me in Mac OS X 10.10 or iOS 8.1, but they are both solid, reliable upgrades that Apple has designed to work well together.

Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple lle.

Posted Oct. 22, 2014

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