By CHRISTOPHER PAPLHAM
When I first booted up the beta version of Apple’s new operating system (OS) X Yosemite 10.10, I was impressed–really impressed. The underlying design philosophy of 10.10 is to bring the appearances of Apple’s iOS 7 and 8 to a fully functional desktop environment, and in that respect, it certainly delivers. The interface also looks great. Instead of trying to bring a mobile operating system to desktop computers, Apple instead simplified its existing desktop interface to create an OS that is a nexus of the two.
While the OS is certainly elegant, I would not recommend making the upgrade to anyone who is worried about system stability, at least not yet. From its inception, the system has been plagued with bugs. From my experience, these have ranged from minor graphical errors to drop-down menus appearing several hundred pixels away from where they should and even full-on kernel faults similar to the Windows “Blue Screen of Death.” Apple sure was not kidding when it claimed that the beta of its system “may contain errors or inaccuracies” because the breadth of the bugs I am still experiencing is astounding. The bugs would have not been so disturbing were Yosemite still in beta but instead of waiting until it squashed more bugs, Apple released the new version of its operating system for free on October 16.
The release of OS X Yosemite eerily parallels last year’s release of OS X Mavericks, which offered relatively few feature additions from the previous operating system but still was released with a massive number of bugs. While Yosemite boasts an interface overhaul, it has so many bugs that upgrading to the initial release would be a mistake.