Yosemite

So 36 hours or so after I installed Yosemite I confess to being impressed with the latest version of OS X and a little bit smitten.

I’ve installed it on a 2007 iMac and a late-2010 Macbook Pro.

After the initial install I immediately regretted it. The MBP ran like a dog every time I opened a program, whether it was Word, Mail, Chrome or Disk Utility. However, I found that once I cycled through the programs performance improved.

Naturally, permissions were repaired and Macs restarted. Several times.

Now a day and half later, it seems, like a friend of mine commented on Twitter, that it is just like Snow Leopard. An under-the-hood upgrade. Except with a whole new lick of paint.

Both old Macs are ticking along nicely.

And they look good, too. I was put off a little by the initial look and feel of Yosemite but it’s grown on me quickly. I like the bold colours of icons.

But the main thing is the performance.

Many reviews will rave about Handoff and the other headline features in Yosemite but these are the three things that have made me happy.

1.  The green ‘maximise’ button finally does something coherent. It maximises the window to full screen. How it has taken Apple so long to make this leap into the obvious I have no idea. I no longer suffer bafflement and embarrassment trying to explain to people how it worked. Or how it didn’t.

2. I love the black menu bar and dock option. Partially because it looks cool and partly because it’s there as an option. Mac OS X was always so prescriptive in how it wanted to be seen. It’s refreshing to have options and it feels a bit cheeky, too.

3.  I’m using Safari again. I switched to Chrome some nine months ago. I’ve tentatively switched back again. Chrome is a very fine browser indeed and links well with my Google apps (naturally) but returning to Safari has let me take advantage of the browser across multiple devices. And I’m always surprised at how useful iCloud tabs are.

 

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Some of the stuff I do: journalism, blogging, cooking, product management, marketing communications and being a dad to two little girls. Two cats, also. I’m head of publishing and product development for a UK government website and I write for content marketing agency Collective Content. For years I wrote about Apple under the Seb Janacek byline.