Is Yosemite running smooth on your 4GB MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bchreng, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. bchreng macrumors 65816

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    I realize there are threads regarding Yosemite and the Macbook Air, but this one is for a more specific model. I own a mid-2013 i5 13" with 4GB of system memory and was wondering if Yosemite runs as smooth as Mavericks does. Can any fellow owners out there chime in with their thoughts? Is there any sort of lag or delay in the animations?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. johannnn macrumors 65816

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    Works perfect here with 4GB (2013 base model)
     
  3. bchreng thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the input!

    As I mentioned in my original post, I realize that there are other threads, but I am more concerned with how well Yosemite runs on 4GB models. I skimmed through that thread prior to making my post and was worried that, while it ran "smooth as a silky, buttery, baby's bottom" on 8GB models, it would lag a bit on 4GB models.
     
  4. rcp27 macrumors regular

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    Mid 2012 13" MBA with 4 GB memory here, 10.10 is fine here, every bit as good as 10.9 was
     
  5. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000

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    Runs great on my Mid 2012 11"er. No major bugs or issues to report.
     
  6. FoxFifth macrumors 6502

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    On my mid-2012 4Gb 13" Air the only negative I have noticed is that scrolling in Preview with a large Pdf (local daily newspaper) is not as smooth as it was with Mavericks and it quite frequently displays blank areas or sections of light gray type. Scrolling back up & then down again corrects it.
     
  7. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Works great on my mid-2011 4GB MBA. No issues at all, whether it be WiFi or lag or delay, or otherwise.

    BL.
     
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  9. Pootan macrumors member

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    runs fine on my 2014 11" base, can't tell the difference between 13" w/ 8gb.
     
  10. s15119 macrumors 65816

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    No problems at all with my mid 2013 with 4 gigs. It just works.
     
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  12. Agent47 macrumors member

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    Another base model 2013 11.6" here, works fine. Base i5/1.4GHz, 4GB RAM.

    No problems whatsoever with Yosemite.
     
  13. imjoee macrumors 6502

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    I don't notice any
     
  14. Meister Suspended

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    Same here. 2013 13" 1.3/4/256.
     
  15. ChinkyBob macrumors regular

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    2011 13" Mac Air 4Ram 256HD, seems as good as ever so far but I done a clean re-install.
     
  16. cracksoup macrumors 6502

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    Yosemite works buttery smooth on my 2011 2GB RAM(!) MBA. When I updated, I was ready to be forced to buy a new computer. But apparently, this will work out just fine for another year.
     
  17. xanotos75 macrumors newbie

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    Yosemite is working perfect for me on a 11" 2013 4gb/256
     
  18. thadoggfather macrumors G3

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  19. motrek macrumors 68020

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    System requirements for OS X haven't changed in the last ~5 years and I don't think Apple added anything to Yosemite that would use a lot more memory or storage.

    The days of having to buy a new computer to run the next version of an OS are winding down. This is even true of Windows.
     
  20. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    I have an 11" base model. I was on the public beta so I've been running it since July. No issues for me.
     
  21. Meister Suspended

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    Some food for thought:
    - about half of :apple:s configurations are sold with 4gb ram soldered
    - they come with Yosmite preinstalled
    - why would :apple: sell you a mac that comes out of the box with an OS that doesn't run smooth on it?

    Most normal people don't know about specs (this is a geek forum!).
    If they buy a computer :apple: is gonna make damn sure that it runs satisfactory, because that's all the normal customer sees.
    Why would :apple: harm their reputation by selling underspeced computers?

    Rest assured that all macs sold as of today run Yosemite and the basic apps simultaniously with no hickups.
     
  22. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I think you're overlooking the obvious fact that 4GB is the BARE MINIMUM that you can buy these days, so it can only be good enough to do the bare minimum amount of work. ;)
     
  23. joshlalonde macrumors 6502

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    That makes very little sense. If you got 8GB RAM for a stupid reason like that, then..

    RAM requirements do not scale directly with level of work being done. It depends on WHAT work you are doing. Specifically, your software requirements. More RAM in general might be a good thing, but a cute little response like that isn't going to cut it. But hey, you can waste your money all you want.
     
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