How to Know If Your Mac is Yosemite Ready

Yosemite OS is the latest version of Mac Operating System released by Apple introduced in 2014 and newly updated in December 2016. This OS is offered to all Mac consumers tempted to install the latest operating system with all new amazing and upgraded features. Go to App store and download and install easily.

However, not all Mac devices are ought to be upgraded and you may deteriorate your perfectly working device. If you want to know how and why upgrade to Yosemite, continue reading.

A Checklist to Know if Your Mac is Yosemite Ready

Initially, you will have to check if your Mac model is Yosemite installation supported. Here are some necessary points to determine you Mac support Yosemite.

  • iMac Mid 2007 or later
  • MacBook 13in aluminium version by late 2008
  • MacBook Pro 13in, mid 2009 or later, 15in option mid 2007 or later, 17in laptop 2007 or later
  • MacBook Air Later 2008 or later
  • Mac Pro Early 2008 or later
  • Mac Mini Early 2009 or later
  • Xserve Early 2009

Sufficient RAM and Hard Disk

Make sure to have one of the above listed MAC models to install Yosemite. Your Mac should have at least 2GB RAM and 8GB hard disk to store OS files. 16GB hard disk if preferred to be on the safer side by have extra free space.

Access to Apple Store

Having access to Apple App Store is the only way to install Yosemite in your MAC. However, earlier version of Mac with Leopard OS has no access to Apple App Store. Access to store comes with Snow Leopard. So, if you have an older version, you must upgrade to Mac x 10.6 Snow Leopard, which is available in $29.

Update Present OS

Whether you have Snow Leopard, Mavericks, or Lion Mountain Lion in you specific Mac devices, make sure to have your OS updated. Click on the Apple Logo on the screen and select Software Update.

Update Third Party Apps

If you have installed third party apps, make sure to update them as well to make it ready for Yosemite. Go to App store, click the update button and select update all.

If you purchased the App from elsewhere, go to the developer website and check for available update if released.

Remove Outdated and Unnecessary Software

If you have any old software or apps you don’t use anymore, get rid of them to reduce compatibility issues and to have a smooth upgrade.

Backup Mac Data

Taking backup of essential data is highly recommended to upgrade Yosemite easily. As you may not know what may happen, therefore, take a backup.

Check Your Mac’s Health

The only reason why a simple installation can be hindered is because of the hardware problem. Therefore, if you own an older Mac or use your device frequently, doing a simple hardware diagnosis is recommended. Check for errors by running a scan using Disk Utility. You can also prefer Yosemite Apple Hardware Test for a complete hardware diagnosis including RAM.