Apple recently released the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update on April 8, 2015. This was a significant update that included the new Photos app from Apple in addition to the usual stability, compatibility, and security improvements for your Mac system that comes with them. This article will go over all the new features of the Yosemite 10.10.3 update, current problems that users are experiencing with the new software upgrades, as well as potential fixes for these issues.
Staying current with all your updates on a Mac is important for getting optimal performance out of all your apps and for maintaining the proper security measures on your operating system. You can access the App Store from the left side of the top tool bar under the little drop down menu to get any updates that are pending. You can also set up automatic software updates for the Mac OS or applications you may have purchased from the App Store.
If you still need to upgrade your Mac to Yosemite you can go to either Apple’s website or to the App Store to get the updates. Yosemite is still fairly new and has a few bugs so there are some things to consider before making the leap.
Common Problems in Yosemite:
- Problems with WiFi
- New Continuity features not working –
- Phone calls
Many Mac users had experienced ongoing WIFI problems since Yosemite was released in October 2014. Apple attempted to resolve the issues with the 10.10.2 update along with several other Yosemite features; here is the list of improved software functions after this update:
- Improved previous WIFI connectivity issues.
- 10.2 resolved the slow web page loading problem.
- iCloud Drive can be viewed in Time Machine. Users will now be able to track changes over time, and locate lost items that had previously been stored in their iCloud Drive accounts.
- A Spotlight issue that loaded all the remote email content when the preference was disabled in Mail has been resolved.
- The update improved Bluetooth audio and video syncing.
- There were fixes for various aspects of the VoiceOver speech performance.
- Improvements in Safari’s stability and security.
OS X 10.10.2 had resolved WIFI problems for many users however there were still numerous reports regarding WIFI issues appearing or persisting with OS X 10.10.2. Some Mac users who had already been experiencing the WIFI issues with OS X Yosemite discovered that the OS X 10.10.2 update did not fix the connectivity problems. Moreover there were other Mac users that had working WIFI before the 10.10.2 update but had WIFI problems afterwards. We will have to wait and see if all the WIFI problems are resolved after the 10.10.3 update.
10.10.3, the new version of Yosemite includes additional tweaks to repair the ongoing WIFI issues that have plagued many Mac users since Yosemite’s release. The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update includes the new Photos app as previously mentioned and other system performance improvements. Here is a list of Photos features and tips on how to upgrade from iPhoto or Aperature.
- Catalogue and browse photos by time and place in the Moments, Collections, and Years views
- Navigate your Photos library using tabs categorized as Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects
- iCloud Photo Library photo and video data storage while maintaining the original quality of the image
- Access any data stored in iCloud Photo Library from any web browser
- Photos comes with editing capabilities
The move from iPhoto or Aperature to Photos is easy and automatic if you work with one library. All you have to do is download Photos from the App Store; afterwards all of your Events will now be classified as Albums and be in a folder labeled iPhoto Events in the new app. If you have multiple libraries whenever you launch Photos for the first time it will prompt you to choose the library you want to upgrade. You can manually choose which library to upgrade or to work with by quitting out of Photos and re-launching it while holding down the Option key. (Much like choosing a bootable device if you are using Boot Camp with Windows on your Mac.)
Yosemite will store all the photos from iPhoto, Aperature and Photos in the original library. For example iPhoto and Photos would use the same master library of photos and you would not have two libraries for the same photos if you upgrade. You can even continue to use iPhoto and Aperature after upgrading to Photos. There is one caveat to this situation; any edits done on iPhoto would not be applicable in Photos and also the same would be for the other way around. This of course is also how Aperature works with Photos.
Apple’s OS X 10.10.3 upgrade also featured other changes in Safari, improved Wi-Fi performance, Bluetooth fixes and better screen sharing functionality.
Here is a list of other OS enhancements that were released with this update:
- The update added more than 300 Emoji characters.
- Spotlight has new features in 10.10.3 that provide “Look Up” suggestions by using the keyboard shortcut Command+Control+D while hovering over a word. In the past using this key combo command would look up the dictionary definition of the word, however if you try this after the upgrade, you will receive a prompt so that you can now look up suggestions from iTunes, App Store, locations nearby, and from other appropriate sources.
- Improved overall stability and security in Safari, including preventing Safari from saving website favicon URLs when you use Private Browsing.
- 10.10.3 improved WIFI performance yet again.
- Better compatibility with captive Wi-Fi network environments. A captive portal is generally used for network security purposes by requiring authentication via a login page before one can use the Internet.
- The problem with Bluetooth loosing connectivity was resolved.
- The screen sharing reliability was improved.
The 10.10.3 updates may not have resolved the WIFI connectivity problems completely according to some recent Apple forum discussions. We may need to wait for the 10.10.4 update to finally be rid of this network issue.