Yosemite vs Mavericks

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bubulol, May 21, 2015.

  1. bubulol macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    Hi folks, unfortunately i had too re-install OSX due a serious failure because of a windows app (backup)
    Now i get Mavericks (MBA mid 2013), i am rather a novice OSX user
    It seems Mavericks runs sightly better and faster no?
    Do you advice me to upgrade to Yosemite?
    Well those iPhone/iPad features from Yosemite have the least of interest to me, i do not own any Apple device else than a Macbook and do not plan to buy any iPhone/iPad as welll
    pros/cons for each version?
  2. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
    If you are happy with Mavericks stay there for awhile.
  3. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    I like Mavericks but UI and icons look ugly :(
    Is there any benefit to keep Mavericks for battery life?
  4. Y So Jelly macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2013
    I tried clean installs of Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite. I get the best battery life with ML, while Yosemite seemed to be the smoothest.
  5. asoksevil macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    Taipei, Taiwan
    I get better performance using Mavericks than Yosemite.
  6. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    I would saty with Mavericks as long as possible. At least till the major bugs in Yosemite are addressed properly.
  7. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Yosemite doesn't look good on lower resolution screens IMO.

    On my rMBP 13 it looks quite nice, however there is a slight loss of performance. On my MBA 11, the combination of contrasty colours, thin fonts and the small screen make it a really bad combination.

    Even on my 1080p monitor on my Hackintosh, it isn't "smooth", and the font and colours just don't make it pop out. I really think you need a retina screen for Yosemite.

    Therefore, I'm still with Mavericks, which once you go back to, you notice is a lot more stable and fluid.
  8. case2001 macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2010
    I have the same machine. I went to Yosemite for handoff, texting from my MacBook Air and better battery life. I really like Yosemite. I have had zero problems. So if you really like Yosemite better you can upgrade. However, if Yosemite doesn't have any thing your really want or need why even mess with a working system? What ever you decide, back it up prior.

    Good Luck
  9. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    I disagree. On my non-retina screens Yosemite looks no worse than Mavericks did. The only thing that makes a difference is if I put darkmode on, white text on black doesn't look sharp on non-retina screens.
  10. TitaniumTiti macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2014
    I would say if you have an SSD and a lot of RAM (16Go or higher) go for the lastest Yosemite, if not Yosemite is a resource ogre and everything seem to be slow down compare to Maverick un less your machine is fast enough not to see any difference.
  11. rosario1990 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2015
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    I think you should try both of it. Then you can easily decide what you should keep or remove. Let's try both of it for some days.
  12. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    I'm in the camp that really likes Yosemite. I love the look and the new features, and it's running beautifully well on my machine.
    I think it's the best OS X since Snow Leopard.

    Your machine should be plenty fast for Yosemite. Go for it.
  13. alidstone macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2015
    Newfoundland, CA
    Yosemite all the way, runs great on my new MBA and my 2010 iMac
  14. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    I've got an 8 gig MBA and Yosemite runs fast flawlessly. The 16 gig comment isn't quite accurate, IMNSHO, as plenty of users are running Yosemite on a 4 gig MBA with no complaints.

    To the OP - if you're happy with Mavericks, then by all means stick with it. If you want to test drive Yosemite, use something like Carbon Copy Cloner to make a bootable copy of your Mavericks install to an external drive, from which you can revert back to Mavericks if you so desire.
  15. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Yosemite 10.10.3 runs fine, in fact better than Mavericks, on 2 GB RAM.
  16. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Yosemite seems as stable as Mavericks to me, plus Apple fixed some annoying bugs that Mail had in Mavericks. I would recommend it without hesitation.

    I have two Macs, both with 4GB RAM, and my subjective impression is that Yosemite runs just as fast as Mavericks.
  17. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Can't speak to 2GB, but I've run Yo on a couple of 4 GB MBAs and it runs absolutely fine.
  18. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    I've been on Yosemite since version 10.10 now on 10.10.3, very happy with the performance and battery life! (MBA mid 2013)
  19. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    I would stay with Mavericks, until apple release tuned-up version of Yosemite, which focus on optimizing the internals of the OS (stability, performance, memory usage, etc), just like Mavericks and Snow Leopard.

  20. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Snow Leopard was the optimized version of Leopard.
  21. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    Yep. That's why I'm waiting for Snow Yosemite. ;)
  22. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    Yosemite - winter time.
  23. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004

    I've had Yosemite running on my mid-2013 11" Air since the Public beta last year. A few minor bugs, but no show stoppers. Of course, that's to be expected running beta software.

    The only issue I consistently run into is ejecting some SMB shares. It crashes the Finder and only a full restart will bring it back. But otherwise, I've had no performance issues whatsoever. For all the crap they get regarding iOS on older devices, Apple has really made great strides in OS X performance on older computers.
  24. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    LOL That's gold!

    In my experiences with Macs and Macbooks, I have learned the painful lesson of never upgrading OSX beyond the point releases from the version that the device ships with.

    eg. if a device ships with 10.9, upgrade to 10.9.1, 10.9.2, but not to 10.10. In place update or wipe and reinstall, doesn't make a difference.
  25. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2012

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