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Review: Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10)

Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10)

Review Date: January 15, 2015

Product Information

As of October 2014, Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) is available as a free upgrade to replace OS X Mavericks (10.9).


While Yosemite is not a necessary upgrade to perform Texas State business, users are welcome to upgrade as long as their equipment meets the minimum hardware specifications.

There is no essential business need to upgrade to Yosemite, except for that it is the latest OS X. Apple will commit most of their support resources to its development, security, and maintenance over older OS X versions. Before upgrading to Yosemite, we recommend creating a backup of the computer with either CrashPlan PROe or another similar software.

Important Note about Apple ID's

ITAC discourages the use of personal Apple ID's on Texas State-owned computers. Please do not upgrade your Texas State-owned computer to OS X Yosemite using your personal Apple ID.

Support Summary

ITAC supports Yosemite for Texas State business purposes and provides best effort support for personal computers.

Compatibility Review

This table displays results of our compatibility review of Yosemite and Texas State IT services.


Compatible With Texas State IT Services?


Absolute Manage Yes Must be version 6.8.
Live Chat (Bomgar) Yes When opening the Bomgar client installer, right-click on the installer icon and select Open. This opens a dialog window that Apple Gatekeeper blocks when double clicking the installer icon.
CrashPlan PROe Yes Must be version 3.6.4.
Junos Pulse Yes  
McAfee Anti-Virus Yes Must be version 9.7.
Wireless Network Yes Intermittent issues connecting to the Texas State wireless network. This issue was resolved in OS X 10.10.1.

How to Get Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10)

To upgrade to Yosemite, e-mail and include the current OS X version installed on the computer. For more information regarding how to download/purchase Macintosh software, visit the Mac Software page.

Note: This method for obtaining OS X Yosemite is only applicable for Texas State managed computers.

Hardware Requirements*

Apple's recommended minimum hardware requirements for Yosemite:

  • OS X v10.6.8 or later
  • RAM: 2 GB (gigabytes) or more
  • Free hard disk space: 8 GB or more
  • Some features require an Apple ID (terms apply)

*These are Apple's general upgrade requirements, for more information, visit Apple's How To Upgrade page.

Release Dates and Version Updates

The following table contains version and release date history related to content on this page.

Date Version Notes
01/15/2015 Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10)