OS X Yosemite (teaser 002)

With Monday’s announcement of OS X Yosemite now off our backs, many people are wondering whether the next major revision to Apple’s desktop operating system will run on their Macs. There’s some good news and bad news.

The good news is, Yosemite doesn’t impose steeper requirements in terms of the minimum hardware needed for a productive and hassle-free experience, simply because Yosemite is much like Mavericks in this regard. The bad news is, some older Mac models will inevitably be left behind, call it the price of progress.

Will your Mac be able to run Yosemite? Read on…

According to Apple, hardware requirements for OS X 10.10 Yosemite are identical to those of Mavericks. This means any of the Mac models listed below, or newer, will boot Yosemite:

• Mid-2007 MacBook Pro
• Late-2008 MacBook Air
• Mid-2007 iMac
• Early-2009 Mac mini
• Early-2008 Mac Pro
• Late-2008 aluminum MacBook
• Early-2009 aluminum MacBook
• Early-2009 Xserve

You’ll also need 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage to run Yosemite – again, just like Mavericks.

Now that you know that Yosemite and Mavericks require exactly the same hardware, it’s worth adding that the former should run smoother versus Mavericks due to several new performance-improving features.

Maverick has provided much of the plumbing work Apple engineers needed to roll out new features faster and optimize performance further.

OS X Yosemite Desktop

Timer Coalescing, for example, groups low-level operations together so CPU is utilized more efficiently and enters low-power state more often. Similarly, Mavericks has brought out App Nap which lets the operating system slow down an app that’s completely hidden from view and not actively working, so it uses fewer resources.

And Safari’s Power Saver technology in Mavericks pauses webpage plug-ins that are off in the margins. All these features, and many more, allow Mavericks to increase battery efficiency and boost performance, too.

In Yosemite, there’s less clutter and the user interface is simpler and free of effects like drop shadows that put a strain on both the CPU and GPU. It requires fewer clicks to perform common tasks and Safari in Yosemite gives you even faster performance, especially when watching video.

Messages for OS X Yosemite

And because Safari enables premium video support without requiring a plug-in of any sort, watching Netflix in Yosemite adds an extra two hours of video watching time on a single battery charge.

And last but not least, Swift, a new iOS and OS X programming language Apple released Monday, will allow programmers to write faster applications that better utilize resources.

Out of curiosity, does Yosemite support your Mac and will you be giving it a try when it releases this Fall as a free update in the Mac App Store.

See also: iOS 8 hardware requirements.

  • I’m putting this on my Apple //c. To hell with what Apple says.

  • Mini Apple Genius

    It supports mine. And I will DEFINITELY be getting the beta in the summer!

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      summer is now…i hope they will launch it soon

      • That depends on where you live. For most of us Summer begins 21st of June.

      • TheShade247

        When does summer starts in California? I think that’s the summer they were talking about

      • Falk M.

        Don’t hold your breath, typically when Apple doesn’t announce a date, but a timespan, they’ll make good use of it.
        Guess it’ll go into public beta in July.

      • Flabalanche

        Apple just sent me a code to download my beta. Maybe summer is really here

      • TheShade247

        did you signup for public beta?

      • TheShade247

        it would suck if its July lol

      • Flabalanche

        Yeah it wasn’t to long after the keynote finished when I signed up.

  • Indian Food

    I have a Macbook Pro – (not sure what year)
    4 gigs of ram.

    Yosemite runs faster than Mountain Lion, and it’s DP1. Never upgraded to Mavericks.

    • Falk M.

      You missed out with Mavericks, ML was definitely not performing as well as Mavericks is for me.
      Haven’t tried Yosemite yet.

  • Jonathan

    If you were too lazy to read everything. If you can run Mavericks, you can run Yosemite.

    • TL;DR

      • Jonathan


      • Carson Greene

        TL; DR = Too long, didn’t read.

      • Jonathan

        oh lol xD
        I could have Googled that..

  • Mounir Toumi

    guys, can you put an article on what works fine and what’s buggy ? want to know if I can install it on my mac, I just need safari/skype/Coda/and mac native apps. thanks

    • Carson Greene

      That should work fine… Except in the “Mac native apps” part. If you don’t include the iLife suite or Final Cut Pro X, then you’ll be fine. Otherwise… not so much.

      • Mounir Toumi

        Thanks Carson, that gave me hope. I’m that close to installing it, even though I know It’s gonna be painful, but worth the heck out of it

      • Carson Greene

        Good luck!

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        what about adobe CS?

      • Mounir Toumi

        some say it works fine…

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        well graphic shit is my work, so i have to be sure,cause i have only one mac 😀 hopefully someone will try properly the open beta,then i will get it, i cannot wait!

      • Perhaps you have a seperate partition you can install it on? You’ll have dual boot so if something doesn’t work you can boot back in Mavericks (or an older OSX). You will have to allow access to your applications/user folder. So not too sure how that works with dual OSX boot. Google’s your friend.

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        maybe its better to wait few months and get official release

      • iThinkergoiMac

        NEVER install a beta OS on your work computer, unless you install it alongside your regular OS. It’s not worth it to have your computer go down for the count while a big deadline is coming up, all because you wanted to check out a beta OS.

      • Carson Greene

        I don’t know, I can’t test it unfortunately. But good luck if you try it out!

    • Ahmet

      Coda doesn’t work.

      • Mounir Toumi

        Works great for me bro, v2.0.14

      • Yigit

        I installed again and it works for me too.

    • FYI, Coda will not run on Yosemite right now, as of update 1 issued today (or on the original build).

  • Wood1030

    Yup! I’m just about all good to go…2 Mac Minis and a 2007 27″ iMac (just made the cut). But my old g4 15″ PowerBook? Well…never mind. It’s about ready to be donated to an elderly relative that has few computing requirements.

  • Carson Greene

    Already on it! Thanks Apple for the download code!

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      they’ve e-mailed you already?

      • Probably trollin’

        How about some proof by screenshot?

      • CPDigitalDarkroom

        Actually developers did get a code in the members center. I’ll post a screenshot when I actually redeem if if you really require proof.

      • If he is a dev, that of course. But I made the assumsion that he wasn’t. My bad if he is and then logically got access to the beta.

      • Carson Greene

        No, I’m a registered iOS dev (I’ve got 2 apps in the App Store), and they decided that they should give ALL devs– not just Mac– download codes.

  • Wessel van Hulssen

    The macbook I have is not listed: Macbook, white unibody from mid 2010. It runs Mavericks smoothly so Yosemite won’t be a problem. And yes, I will try Yosemite when available (already signed up for the public beta)

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      can you read? article say ‘listed below and newer’

  • Alex Marwaha

    Safari seems to bethe TINIEST bit laggy for me on Yosemite.

  • sriram varadarajulu

    ummm isn’t transparency sort of a strain on gpu and cpu as well?

  • Framboogle

    Could your Mac run Yosemite? Sure.

    But should it? Now that’s a different story.

    • Haha, you’re making it sound like their new OS degrades performance of older Mac hardware. Do they actually do that on their Macs as well?

  • wonderboydave

    I have a 2006 1st gen mac pro. does it support?

    • Franklin Richards


    • vista980622

      With a newer graphics card and some workarounds, yes it does.
      Officially, no.

  • Franklin Richards

    Can run. And already signed up for the early beta = )

    • You and me, and 999.998 other people 😉

  • test_11

    I have a imac mid 2011. I already downloaded 4.5GB Yosemite beta on my iMac without developer..

    • Ekitchi

      You learned how to download a torrent, grats, m8. u iz so gud at hacking.

    • Mounir Toumi

      Wow, this guy rocks

  • GaugePrower

    I have Yosemite installed on my MBP 2009. Runs much smoother than Mavericks did. Hopefully this means this computer will last me just a little bit longer before I have to invest in a new one

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    I must change my user pic

  • James Gunaca

    So what you’re saying is, if you can use Mavericks you can use Yosemite. Why not just state that more clearly?

  • Foellarbear

    Will run like a champ on my late 2013 retina pro. CAN’T WAIT!

  • Manuel Molina

    I ran maverick on my 2010 MacBook Pro, and it was the worst mistake in my life. The computer random slow as hell, power up and shut down times were slower, and there were a lot freezing.

    • rockdude094

      I totally agree those things happened to me as well. after waking the computer from sleep, the screen would flicker. I did a clean install of mavericks and most of the problems were solved. I still love ML b/c the quality and performance of the os was much more refined compared to Mavericks.

      • Manuel Molina

        I’m a SL user with the MacBook Pro. I like change, but nothing has been a real computer software after SL. I consider the others to be a lot of phone based updated adjusted for a computer like the Mac line.

      • rockdude094

        That’s true SL got me hooked into osx on the first place

  • rockdude094

    Its a little choppy in the graphics department, but loads up everything just like mavericks. Tested it on a macbook Air 11-inch with an i5. Hows everyone else’s computers ?

    • Alex Marwaha

      everytime I bootup my macbook pro (on yosemite), it shows the apple logo WITH a loading bar. is that normal??

      • rockdude094

        Mine does that as well, I guess its a new thing. Kinda like it tho.

  • Alex Marwaha

    Would anyone recommend me losing my jailbreak to go to ios 8?? im just wondering if its a good or bad idea…

    • rockdude094

      Its a terrible idea. None of the features actually work smoothly and is exponentially slower than iOS 7. Random crashes and massive battery drainage is also to be expected. Ive tried it on my friends iPhone 5 and it sucks monkey bum compared to my jailbroken iPhone 5s.

  • It works on my Apple //c.

  • Funny that macs released the same year as my old Laptop (2008) can’t run Mavericks, yet my Laptop runs Windows 8 faster than it did with Windows 7…extreme capitalism.

  • Shaun79

    I’m running Yosemite on a 2008 iMac and there are number of fundamental problems right now. Safari is hardly working for me and I have no Audio available at all. A load of beachballing as well.

  • 3l Principe

    I have an a MacBook Pro late 2009 and it runs fast on it, but my fan is on constantly, don’t see how the CPU is lesser used now..

  • Mustafa Hakimuddin

    Lol the requirements make no sense, you can run it on a mid 2007 iMac but not on anything lower than a 2008 Mac pro??!! The Mac pros are way more powerful than imacs

  • Karl Grosvenor

    It may run on older macs such as my 2010 mac mini but it won’t run as fast as the operating system that came with the mac when it was new.