How to download and install Apple OS X Yosemite

Apple has released the latest operating system for their MacBook’s and iMac’s. That was enough to make a lot of Apple users very, very happy. Even more exciting though for Apple users, was the fact that the update was going to be made available in the Mac App Store, for absolutely no cost.

Now though, what if you were looking to upgrade your laptop or desktop computer? Well, there are a few things to keep in mind, if updating is what you’re going after. Before updating can even occur, every user has to take a hard look at the specifications and the running system they have at the moment before the update takes place.


In theory all Macs that are capable of running OS X Mavericks are going to be capable of updating to the latest and greatest, in Yosemite. Which means if you have at least 2GB of RAM available, 8GB of storage available, or can clear that much off before you download, and your operating system running on the computer is at least OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, you’ll be able to run with this latest update.

It should be noted though that just like with the iPhones, with newer technology in newer computers – not everything that the operating system is capable of will be realized on all older devices. It just comes down to what individual devices are capable of, what hardware they have, and what their limitations are.

That said, updating is actually really simple. All you have to do is open up the Mac App Store after you know you have enough space, and if you’re running a laptop – you’ve assured that you are connected to your charger. When you open the App Store, you’ll see a banner running across the top of the page for the update if you don’t, then search “OS X Yosemite.”

It might take a while to download because the file is 5GB, but that will ultimately depend on the connectivity you have to the internet. Once it’s done downloading an installer will appear on your screen, choose the hard drive you’d like to download the update to, and let the computer do the rest of the work. It should reboot and then be up and running with the best new operating system on the market.