Stay on Mavericks? Upgrade to Yosemite?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rhino89, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. rhino89 macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2011
    Just got a late 2013 (2.4ghz, 4gb, 128ssd) retina MacBook pro (my first Mac notebook), came with Mavericks. Should I stick with it, or update to Yosemite? My concerns are the following:

    1. Battery life: Does Yosemite take a toll on it in some way? Mavericks boosted all the MacBooks, I don't want to see it going in the other direction.
    2. Stability of UI: overall Mavericks is pretty fluid, there's only the occasional stutters in Safari or whatnot - are people encountering more UI stutters on Yosemite?
    3. Speed: any performance differences (launching apps, loading things, actual processes) between Mavericks and Yosemite?

    Just trying to see what the consensus is at this point, or whether people are waiting for Yosemite bugs to be worked out. Thanks!
  2. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    1. Battery life is about the same, perhaps a bit better once everything gets indexed.

    2. Startup/shut down is a bit quicker than Mavericks.

    3. No noticeable difference between the two in launching app's
  3. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    For me, it has been a positive experience (overall). It was taxiing my stock HDD so I replaced it with a SDD and have been happy.

    Every once in a while, the system will freeze, even if It has been idle with Safari open. It did the same thing during the betas. It a rare occurrence and I don't know what may be causing it.

    Do a Time Machine, CCC, Super Duper, <insert your flavor here>, and then install Yosemite. If you find you don't like it, you can easily restore. That method will be much more direct in answering performance for your needs, versus asking strangers about their needs and expectations, which may or may not be different from you.
  5. SarcasticJoe macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2013
    Haven't had any issues with my machine since I upgraded to Yosemite when it released. Battery life, performance and stability all stayed the same.

    Only reason I right now have to move away from using Yosemite is that my machine is one of the models affected by the AMD GPU breakdowns and the GPU finally conked out late friday/saturday night after 3,5 years of service. What is left to see is if my insurance company will pay for the repair or if they're going to just reimburse me 40% of the purchase price in accordance to their policy where electronics lose 20% of their original purchase price for every full year since purchase. In this case I'll probably just move on to linux with the desktop machine started building just before the breakdown.
  6. luvmymbpr macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2014
    I haven't upgraded yet because Yosemite really doesn't offer anything appealing over Mavericks. I will in a few months after all the kinks are worked out.
  7. icsd08063 macrumors member


    Nov 5, 2014
    Yosemite 10.10.2 in nearly out so you maybe just wait some more days and upgrade directly to this version.
    You can always restore to Mavericks if you don't like it.
  8. Serickmetz macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2013
    I also just got a late 2013 15'' model. I upgraded to yosemite just to make everything on my computer up to date and i gotta tell ya, just from the little bit of time i was on mavericks over yosemite i MUCH prefer yosemite. It is much more aesthetically pleasing in every way and bugs? what bugs? Everything runs smooth as butter. You should just upgrade and save the worry for another time :)
  9. NavySEAL6 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2006
    Plus 1 for updating.

    I have a 2010 Macbook Pro and I feel like the battery/performance has increased (slightly)

    The new look and features are great too

    Always do a time machine back up before upgrading.
  10. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Yes to updating a late-2013 rMBP. I have the mid-range model with 8gb of RAM and the 256gb SSD, and Yosemite 10.10.1 runs very well. 10.10.0 had some issues, but they've worked them out. 10.10.2 should be great :)

    It's questionable on older models. I've debated going back to Mavericks on my mid-2009 MBP. Mavericks was decent, but Yosemite has been sluggish. Mountain Lion would probably be better, but I skipped 10.7 and 10.8. Went straight from Snow Leopard to Mavericks.
  11. SL4VE macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    I have the same spec MBP as the OP. I would definitely recommend upgrading. I have found it a lot faster and smoother with the obvious added benefits Yosemite offers. Don't hesitate is my advice.

    Mine boots up in 14 secs. For example. Which is pretty much instant. Faster than my TV and iPhone.
  12. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    With your macbook, definitely upgrade. Safari is amazing in Yosemite.
  13. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Stick with mavericks. Please. Yosemite just doesn't look right. The bright fonts, the pastel colors. It's just so...immature looking.
  14. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    1. I think battery life is improved.

    2. UI is not very stable (it is a brand new UI so that is expected; the UI in Mavericks has been since Lion).

    3. Yosemite has many fine tunes and tweaks and it is faster than Mavericks.


    That's just your opinion on the UI. The core OS has been improved.
  15. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Allow indexing etc to complete
    Keep if you like
    Revert if you don't

    I'm on Yosemite, performance and UI is great IMHO.
  16. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    This is the answer. I would add: you may want to do a virgin install rather than an upgrade.
  17. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm happy with Yosemite, so I'd say go for that. Back everything up and give it a shot. If you like it, stay on it. If you don't, roll it back.
  18. theycallmetc macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2013
    Performance-wise, I wouldn't say I've noticed much difference. I think what makes Yosemite such an amazing upgrade is the Handoff integration, along with some tweaks to existing apps.

    So far I still think Mavericks ran smoother (not in terms of speed but in terms of random crashes/bugs).
  19. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2014
  20. gooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2013
    if you use an ipod classic don't upgrade just yet.
  21. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Why is that?
  22. gooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2013

    move on over to the ipod forum and read all the posts about it. there are many. apparently ipod classics refuse to sync with itunes when running yosemite.
  23. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Thank you for the follow-up. i have an iPod Classic but haven't gotten around to trying to syncing, as I really don't use it anymore.
  24. gooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2013
    i'm sure they'll fix it before it's all over with. just giving a heads up.
  25. rhino89 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2011
    So I pulled the trigger and upgraded to yosemite. i actually like the more modern look a lot better than mavericks, especially the much cleaner safari. battery life is great, can't complain. spent hours messing around with the mac, then watched a 2.5 hour movie, and now just spent a couple more hours with light-weight messaging and browsing, down to about 30%... won't complain about that for sure. as far as UI, there may be the occasional stutter or whatnot, but the UI overhaul beats out the imperfect edges wherever they pop up. id rather just enjoy it the way it is rathe than trying to find the problems. so thumbs up for upgrading.

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