[access-uk] Will your machine be able to run iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite? | Apple news, reviews and how-tos since 2004

  • From: Gordon Keen <gordonkeen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:53:46 +0100


Will your machine be able to run iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite?

Now that we have a general idea of what exciting new features will be hitting 
iOS and OS X devices this fall with the release of iOS 8 and Yosemite, there is 
one important question left to ask: can my machine run those latest versions of 
Apple's operating systems? If you're worried about the possible obsolescence of 
your devices, you're in luck -- we have the answers for you.

If your Apple computer was able to run OS X Mavericks, you will also be able to 
upgrade to OS X Yosemite. Both operating systems share the same system 
requirements: 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. Here is the full list of 
compatible models:

iMac: mid-2007 or newer
MacBook Pro: mid-2007 or newer
MacBook Air: late 2008 or newer
Mac mini: early 2009 or newer
Mac Pro: early 2008 or newer
MacBook: late 2008 aluminum, early 2009 or newer
Xserve: early 2009
If you're an iOS user, you most likely don't need to worry. Every modern iOS 
device can run iOS 8. For the iPhone, these are the models that will still be 
supported when 8 launches. In addition, the iPod touch 5th generation will also 
be supported.

This is only bad news if you're still using the iPhone 4. While this is sure to 
disappoint some users, try to keep in mind that the iPhone 4 came out on June 
7, 2010. It's remarkable that it took four years for the iPhone 4 finally be 
phased out of iOS updates. Show me an Android phone with that life span.

On the iPad front things are staying largely the same. If your iPad could run 
iOS 6 or 7, you'll still be able to run iOS 8.

First-generation iPad owners are out of luck, but everyone else is in exactly 
the same spot they were previously.

So don't worry, faithful Apple users; almost all of us will be getting a nice 
update this fall. Let's have a moment of silence for the faithful iPhone 4. It 
has served the community well, and it's time for it to enjoy a nice retirement.

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