Best OS upgrade for Mac Book Pro 8.1

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jasimon9, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. jasimon9 macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2009
    I have a 2011 Mac Book Pro 8.1 used by my wife. It still is running Snow Leopard. What is the best upgrade for it?

    I have heard the Yosemite could be too demanding for it, as many users have complained.

    I am thinking of upgrading it now, but wondering how far to take it.
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    The highest level upgrade you'll be most satisfied with on a 2011 MBP is Mavericks. The latest version of Mavericks is great. My wife's 2011 MBP is struggling to keep up on Yosemite. She doesn't care enough to move back down, and I imagine the performance of Yosemite will improve, but I would be cautious to move up to Yosemite until it's improved.

    Short answer: Mavericks. I question the security of anything earlier.
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    As long as you buy an SSD for it, Yosemite will run smoothly on it.
  4. Icehawk, Oct 31, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2014

    Icehawk macrumors member


    Aug 8, 2008
    I'm lost.
    My 2009 13" mbp with only 4 gigs of ram and its Core 2 Duo and a standard HD is running Yosemite fine. I've noticed no real difference between the two for general web browsing, email, office tasks, and such.

    The 2011 is still a great machine, so I would think she'd be fine with Yosemite. On the flip side, I can see the benefits of going with Mavericks and waiting for Yosemite to be packed some. That would give her some time to adjust to all the changes. SL to Mav is a decent change.
  5. sheppy1 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2008
    Stick Yosemite on there :) I had it on my stock MBP Early 2011 and it ran great! Then I upgraded to an SSD and it runs even better!
  6. Mnowell69 macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2013
    Bedford, UK
    I have an 8.1 and have no problems whatsoever with Yosemite.

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