Should I upgrade to El Capitan?

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  1. popsmisdeal, Sep 20, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2015

    popsmisdeal macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2015
    I don't know whether I should upgrade my iMac to El Capitan or not. I'm planning to use it daily as my primary computer for the next 5 to 7 years (yes, seriously) and too afraid to update to the next OS because I think it will not be as fast as it is now. I value speed and efficiency much more than the cool new features. My question is: will updating my iMac to the new OS every year decrease its performance over time or not?

    iMac is used mostly for web browsing and Adobe apps (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom; in that order). I have very few files on my iMac because I keep everything in the cloud (~150 GB/1 TB) and there are ~25 programs installed.

    • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)
    • OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 (latest)
    • 4 GHz Intel Core i7
    • 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 (will upgrade to 32 GB in the near future)
    • AMD Radeon R9 M290X 2048 MB
    • 1.12 TB Fusion Drive
  2. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    Yes. El Capitan is mostly optimisations, less so new features.

    I always upgrade anyway as I find the subsequent incompatibilities too annoying. [Just wait until the .1 release last least]
  3. roadkill401 macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2015
    I have more of a concern with my 2012 mac mini. I upgraded it from Mavericks to Yosemite and it was utterly unusable. Now, I might give El Cap a try on the mini when the .0.1 comes out.
  4. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    What spec is your 2012 as I find my 2009 mini fine with Yosemite, however is 8Gb and SSD upgraded.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    The golden master (of El Capitan) that I'm experimenting with seems stable, but you might "hold off" until the first "release version" before installing it onto a computer that is your "primary work computer".

    Important suggestion:
    For ANY new release or "moveup" from an older version of the OS, the best course of action is to use a drive cloning app such as CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper to create a fully-bootable cloned backup of your existing OS -before- installing the new one.

    This makes is trivially easy to "get back to where you once belonged" if you're not satisfied with the upgrade...
  6. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Its not out yet and there's no need to update on day one! Give it a few months, let other people find the bugs (there's always a few that make it through beta testing), check that all the software you use gets updated if necessary.

    Waiting for the first update to be released is always a good strategy for the conservative (the old saying "never buy version 1.0 of anything" needs updating to "never download version 10.x.0 of anything").

    That said, El Cap sounds like it actually solves some of the performance issues of Yosemite.

    Personally, I'm still on Mavericks and am planning to skip straight to El Cap once the dust has settled...
  7. MandiMac macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2012
    Yes, yes you should. Optimizations and speed are awesome.
  8. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    Yup that's me with my 2010 low end stock model 21.5" iMac. Mavericks and Yosemite nearly bricked this several times. I am hoping El Capitan might perk it up a bit and get it back to Mountain Lion's smooth sailing. If that happens, I'll hold off on replacing my desktop until next year when there will be more new Macs available (if the Intel chip release schedule = new Macs.)

    But right now, Yosemite is basically making this machine a chore to use (painful to type.)

    For the OP, I would say, yes upgrade to El Capitan. It sounds like it will a lot like Snow Leopard which was a joy to use.
  9. carlosj macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2015
    Yes, do it. El Capitan will be faster too. You have a great iMac... don't worry about speed.
  10. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    If you want to use your machine for several years, yes definitely upgrade if it's still possible. I always upgrade day one but if you're paranoid feel free to upgrade a month or so down the line.

    El Cap is mostly about performance enhancements, as has been stated above. It should be a particularly handy upgrade.
  11. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    My 2011 iMac is flying with Yosemite, so I also expect that to happen with El Capitan. So... I wouldn't really be scared about a 2014 machine now that it has a Fusion drive.
  12. carlosj macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2015
    My iMac Early 2008 is perfect with Yosemite! Can't wait for El Capitan.
  13. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    El capitan is all about improving performance and not new features so the answer is yes it'll be good for everyone.
  14. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    El Capitan is great, and I can't see it being a speed decrease for anyone at all. It's an optimization OS.
  15. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    I have the same iMac but with 32gb ram and the 4 gb graphics and El Capitan flies on it. I upgraded to the GM and have had no issues at all.

    Although, disk utility is a bit weird now (functionality wise).
  16. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    That's pretty much a nonissue for Macs. Yes, update. It's much faster.

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