Is Yosemite running smooth on your MBA?

coldjeanzzz

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Been hearing stories about the animations/scrolling being jerky/laggy due to the transparency. I heard turning off the transparency helps, but that isn't a solution in my mind. Any truth to this?
 

flowrider

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Yes, my 5,1 (2012) MBA is running fine. I have been using Yosemite on my Mac Pro since PB1 and just installed the final release of 10.10 on my MBA (with a USB Installation disk I created) and all went well. The machine is working great, with both the Trackpad and a Magic Mouse.

Lou
 

johannnn

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Everything fine with my Mid 2013 MBA. But since coldjeanzzz doesnt mention which model he/she has its hard to say anything more.
 

jdavtz

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Which animations specifically?

Launchpad/app exposé/Mission Control all perfectly smooth here, either launched by click or gesture on trackpad.

Late 2010 MBA, 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM.
 

Mainsail

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Yosemite is running smooth as silk on my 2014 MBA.

Ya know, I am starting to see Apples strategy with Yosemite and IOS 8. With Continuity, Handoff, and iCloud Drive, the user moves pretty effortlessly from one interface to another.....desktop, laptop, tablet, phone. So, rather than trying to get one device and OS to do everything and be everything for everyone, Apple optimizes the experience for each form factor (e.g Tablets optimized for touch, and Laptops optimize with gestures and trackpads) and then makes the transitions seamless between devices.

Now, I understand that this is not everyones idea of optimization, but I get their strategy. If you are all-in with the Apple ecosystem and devices (which aren't cheap), it is pretty slick.
 

thadoggfather

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So far so good on 2011 Air.

Had a bad run with DP2, but that was in the beginning of the summer
 

coldjeanzzz

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I have a late 2012 MBA with i5, 8 GB RAM

It seems like more people with rMBP are experiencing these lag issues.
 

Truefan31

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Yosemite is running smooth as silk on my 2014 MBA.

Ya know, I am starting to see Apples strategy with Yosemite and IOS 8. With Continuity, Handoff, and iCloud Drive, the user moves pretty effortlessly from one interface to another.....desktop, laptop, tablet, phone. So, rather than trying to get one device and OS to do everything and be everything for everyone, Apple optimizes the experience for each form factor (e.g Tablets optimized for touch, and Laptops optimize with gestures and trackpads) and then makes the transitions seamless between devices.

Now, I understand that this is not everyones idea of optimization, but I get their strategy. If you are all-in with the Apple ecosystem and devices (which aren't cheap), it is pretty slick.

Yup. That's what they've strived for for years. And others think they're better trying to be a jack of all trades but master of none.
 

squeezeman

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Orignal MBA 11" 64 and Early 2014 MBA 13" 256

MBA 11" was upgraded from Snow Leopard. Runs smoother. Battery life seems better than the 3 hours I used to get.

MBA 13" was upgraded from a clean Mavericks install. Runs perfectly.
 
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ArchimeZix

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No. It is NOT smooth and stable as Mavericks !!

When moving windows especially the Safari windows and when opining a new folders/pages there are a clear jerk/lag in animations.

For me Mavericks runs a lot better and believe it or not I prefer the look of it a lot more than this new OS made for kids!!

and by the way I have the most expensive late 2013 MBP.
 

squeezeman

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No. It is NOT smooth and stable as Mavericks !!

When moving windows especially the Safari windows and when opining a new folders/pages there are a clear jerk/lag in animations.

For me Mavericks runs a lot better and believe it or not I prefer the look of it a lot more than this new OS made for kids!!

and by the way I have the most expensive late 2013 MBP.
That's bizarre. My MBA 11" has 2 GB ram and 64 GB disk and runs buttery smooth using the operations you mentioned. Works the same buttery way on MBA 13".

Maybe a clean install is necessary?
 

ArchimeZix

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That's bizarre. My MBA 11" has 2 GB ram and 64 GB disk and runs buttery smooth using the operations you mentioned. Works the same buttery way on MBA 13".

Maybe a clean install is necessary?
That's what i'm thinking now because in my situation I did a direct upgrade from Mavericks not a clean install. I think I will try a clean install and see what will change. the problem is I have massive files and programs installed and will have to configure them all again with their settings. :(
 

copa

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for me (2013 13" i7 with 8gb ram) mission control specifically seems to be a bit jaggy. Also switching between desktops is not as smooth as it was under mavericks.

Edit: It's not jaggy all the time but only occasionally. Maybe flux is part of the problem, as it has been acting up in the past as well. Runs smooth for the moment.
 
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Happybunny

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Yosemite is working fantastic on my MBA, now if I could just learn to like those Electric Blue folders, every thing would be just peachy.:eek:
 

jetlagged

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I have a macbook air 13" 2012 i5/256/8

I'm currently running OSX 10.8.5, since I didn't bother to update to osx mavericks whatsoever. I had nothing against mavericks. I just never got around to it, because I've been busy photo editing and video editing my vids and photos from my travels, and I didn't want the update eating my extra hard drive space.

But I'm considering Yosemite though. should i just go update? i'm not seeing the mavericks update anymore on the app store. i'm just seeing yosemite.
 

big samm

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Yosemite is running smooth and fine on my mid 2013 i7 8gb mba... Clean install and no restore...