'14 MBP 15" shipped with Mavericks. Worth contintuing to use, or upgrading to either Yosemite or EC?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by emilioestevez, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    I think there's advantages to staying with what you know.

    I also think that, if you are concerned about security issues, that upgrading is one way to help keep your Mac more secure.
    Or, you may have an opportunity for new apps that would require you to upgrade.
    El Capitan has a distinctly different appearance and feel, which I happen to like.

    Suggestion: get an external drive, preferably with an SSD/external case that supports UASP. Install Yosemite or El Cap on the external. Migrate your software files to that external. Try it out for yourself. You will get a better idea than hoping for random opinions here. You know what they say about opinions :D
  2. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    As long as there are no software restriction (i.e., software that you need not being compatible with the latest OS X release), there is no reason NOT to upgrade. All four of our Macs are at least running El Capitan 10.11.1. I have been running 10.11.2 beta (currently #5) on my 2012 rMBP.
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
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    emilioestevez thread starter Suspended


    Aug 25, 2015
    I was reading about updates. Apparently there is an EFI firmware (not sure what that does exactly) that, if updated with newer OS X versions, will prevent reverting back to the OS that the Mac shipped with. That's what I'm sorta worried about accidentally updating.

    I kinda like the older, non flat look, too. Office 2016, though (Yosemite exclusive)... *shakes fist at M$*
  5. FWRN macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    I'd update personally. If you like the UI, then yes, the security patches should be efficient. Otherwise, El Capitan was a much better release than Yosemite.
  6. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
  7. emilioestevez thread starter Suspended


    Aug 25, 2015
    Was it really akin to a Snow Leopard update like Apple claimed?
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Depends what you mean by that and what apple meant as well. It was an update that aimed to sort out a lot of little bugs and niggles and increase the efficiency of the OS over adding new features, so in that way it was the same.
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Yes for the most part, El Cap has very few new features, but Apple tighten up the code, and made it perform faster and is more stable.
  10. Spudlicious macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2015
    Bedfordshire, England
    One reason to not install El Capitan, and it's why I've rolled back to Yosemite, is that it has trouble with some network drives. It just works, except when it doesn't. Maybe the OP has no NAS, but in any event it's advisable to have a fallback position, a TimeMachine backup of a setup that works fine for you.
  11. TheEnthusiast macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2013
    If you use PDFs regularly, I would stick with Mavericks. It's why I reverted. I found PDF performance on both Yosemite and El Capitan to be rather poor compared to that of Yosemite. Overall, I was pleased with El Capitan.
  12. Erdbeertorte Suspended

    May 20, 2015
    I reverted back to Mavericks too a few weeks ago, but I missed receiving and writing SMS on my MB and I had to use an older version of 1Password, also my new iMac came with El Capitan and isn't able to go back.

    Do you have any iOS device on a version higher than 7.x and do you use iCloud? Then you are not able to synch everything like the calendar for example.
  13. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    If you're unsure about updating Mavericks, I recommend you install El Capitan on another partition and try it first. For the most part I am happy with El Capitan on a Retina Mac, it performs similarly to Mavericks while being improved in some areas such as memory management.

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