OS X Yosemite: System Requirements and Resources

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If you're planning to try the public Beta of OS X Yosemite, you'll want to refer to the Macintosh System requirements. Plus, we've included some helpful Yosemite links, all in one place.


The OS X 10.10 hardware requirements are, as cited by Apple Insider:

  • Mac mini: Early 2009 or newer.
  • iMac: Mid 2007 or newer.
  • Mac Pro: Early 2008 or newer.
  • MacBook: Later 2008 Aluminum or early 2009 or newer.
  • MacBook Air: Late 2008 or newer.
  • MacBook Pro: Mid/Late 2007 or newer.
  • Xserve: Early 2009.

This is just about the same as the OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks System Requirements except for some slight changes regarding the MacBook Pro.

Here are some other handy links.

1. Apple's official announcement of OS X Yosemite.

2. OS X Yosemite Preview including link to Test-drive the public beta

3. Completely new. Completely Mac.

4. Yosemite Apps.

5. Integration of Mac and iOS.

6. Yosemite Overview for Developers.

7. OS X Yosemite for Developers - What's New

8. Product Images & Info

9. Apple's WWDC 2014 Keynote


MacBook Air with Yosemite via Apple.

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Wow, my wife’s 2008 MacBook Pro still qualifies. A 6 year old system that can still take the latest Mac OS. Try that on a six year old WinXP system. Won’t be easy at best.




I’m running a Late ‘08 15” MBP C2D 2.4, 8GB, and a OWC SSD & Data Doubler with a 500GB rotational.

And to be honest, as my web surf & email, and other day to day stuff Mac it does just fine. The OWC SSD was the biggest performance booster.

(I do have a Early ‘09 Mac Pro for the grunt work when needed.)


I just put that setup in my 2012 MacBook Pro. A 1 TB Hybrid drive (couldn’t quite swing a 1TB SSD), and a DataDoubler to house the original 500GB spinning drive. I also bumped the RAM to 16GB. It’s a sweet system. In a couple of years when the spinning drive goes south, I’ll replace it with a 1TB SSD (by then the price will have come down). I figure this system likely will last to 2018 or 2020. Maybe longer.


Channeling Homer Simpson:

“Mmmmmmm. 1TB SSD”


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