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OS X Yosemite Q&A - Published October 17, 2014

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Which Macs are compatible with OS X Yosemite (10.10)? What are the system requirements? Which Macs support which features?

On June 2, 2014, Apple announced OS X "Yosemite" (10.10) -- named after the beautiful National Park -- and launched the final version on October 16, 2014.

Apple's final press release promises that OS X Yosemite:

Delivers a fresh, modern look and introduces Continuity features that make it easy to hand off activities between Mac and iOS devices and even make and receive iPhone calls from your Mac. Yosemite also includes a new Today view [in Notification Center], a redesigned Spotlight [search function] and updated versions of Safari, Mail, Messages and iTunes.

MacBook Pro Retina Running OS X Yosemite
Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (Retina Display MacBook Pro Running OS X Yosemite)

Official System Requirements

Apple formally notes that OS X Yosemite runs on the following Mac categories:

However, the above Mac needs to be running at least (Mac) OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and have at least 2 GB of RAM installed as well as at least 8 GB of available storage space.

Some of the early models from these lines -- 63 different Macs, to be precise -- were running Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) or Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) by default and will need to be upgraded to Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) prior to upgrading to Yosemite if the operating system has not been upgraded already.

Although Yosemite is free, Snow Leopard is not. If you still are using Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 or 10.6, in particular; make sure that any software that is important to you has a compatible upgrade version available. It is highly likely that some of your software that works with Tiger, Leopard, or Snow Leopard will not work with Yosemite.

Also, some of these early models -- eight different Macs -- shipped with 1 GB of RAM by default and will need to have more RAM installed prior to upgrading the operating system.

Site sponsor OHS sells Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Site sponsor OWC sells affordable RAM upgrades for all applicable Macs.

Identification Help

If you're not sure if your Mac will run OS X Yosemite, all of the supported systems can be identified by the above "subfamily" designations as well as by the Model Identifier in software. More details about specific identifiers are provided in EveryMac.com's extensive Mac Identification section.

To locate the model identifier, select "About This Mac" under the Apple Menu on your computer and click the "More Info..." button. If the Mac is running OS X "Lion" (10.7) or later, click the "System Report" button after clicking "More Info..." as well.

EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Lookup feature -- as well as the EveryMac app -- also can identify these models by their Serial Numbers.

OS X Yosemite Supported Systems

Specifically, the following Macs are compatible with OS X Yosemite, but did not ship with the operating system by default. However, just because a Mac runs OS X Yosemite does not mean that it is compatible with all features.

Macs with an asterisk (*) next to the name -- six iMac models and two Mac mini models -- had 1 GB of RAM by default. Be certain to confirm that you have at least 2 GB of RAM installed on these models prior to taking the time to download Yosemite.

Supported Mac

Subfamily

Model ID

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 20"*

Mid-2007

iMac7,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 20"*

Mid-2007

iMac7,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 24"*

Mid-2007 - 24"

iMac7,1

iMac "Core 2 Extreme" 2.8 24"

Mid-2007 - 24"

iMac7,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 20"*

Early 2008

iMac8,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 20"

Early 2008

iMac8,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 24"

Early 2008

iMac8,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 24"

Early 2008

iMac8,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 20"

Early 2009

iMac9,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 24"

Early 2009

iMac9,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.93 24"

Early 2009

iMac9,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 24"

Early 2009

iMac9,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 20"*

Mid-2009 (Edu)

iMac9,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 2.26 20"*

Mid-2009 (Edu)

iMac9,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 21.5"

Late 2009

iMac10,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 3.33 21.5"

Late 2009

iMac10,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 27"

Late 2009

iMac10,1

iMac "Core 2 Duo" 3.33 27"

Late 2009

iMac10,1

iMac "Core i5" 2.66 27"

Late 2009

iMac11,1

iMac "Core i7" 2.8 27"

Late 2009

iMac11,1

iMac "Core i3" 3.06 21.5"

Mid-2010

iMac11,2

iMac "Core i3" 3.2 21.5"

Mid-2010

iMac11,2

iMac "Core i5" 3.6 21.5"

Mid-2010

iMac11,2

iMac "Core i3" 3.2 27"

Mid-2010

iMac11,3

iMac "Core i5" 2.8 27"

Mid-2010

iMac11,3

iMac "Core i5" 3.6 27"

Mid-2010

iMac11,3

iMac "Core i7" 2.93 27"

Mid-2010

iMac11,3

iMac "Core i5" 2.5 21.5"

Mid-2011

iMac12,1

iMac "Core i5" 2.7 21.5"

Mid-2011

iMac12,1

iMac "Core i7" 2.8 21.5"

Mid-2011

iMac12,1

iMac "Core i5" 2.7 27"

Mid-2011

iMac12,2

iMac "Core i5" 3.1 27"

Mid-2011

iMac12,2

iMac "Core i7" 3.4 27"

Mid-2011

iMac12,2

iMac "Core i3" 3.1 21.5"

Late 2011 (Edu)

iMac12,1

iMac "Core i5" 2.7 21.5"

Late 2012

iMac13,1

iMac "Core i5" 2.9 21.5"

Late 2012

iMac13,1

iMac "Core i7" 3.1 21.5"

Late 2012

iMac13,1

iMac "Core i5" 2.9 27"

Late 2012

iMac13,2

iMac "Core i5" 3.2 27"

Late 2012

iMac13,2

iMac "Core i7" 3.4 27"

Late 2012

iMac13,2

iMac "Core i3" 3.3 21.5"

Early 2013 (Edu)

iMac13,1

iMac "Core i5" 2.7 21.5"

Late 2013

iMac14,1

iMac "Core i5" 2.9 21.5"

Late 2013

iMac14,3

iMac "Core i7" 3.1 21.5"

Late 2013

iMac14,3

iMac "Core i5" 3.2 27"

Late 2013

iMac14,2

iMac "Core i5" 3.4 27"

Late 2013

iMac14,2

iMac "Core i7" 3.5 27"

Late 2013

iMac14,2

iMac "Core i5" 1.4 21.5"

Mid-2014

iMac14,4

MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 13"

Late 2008 Aluminum

MacBook5,1

MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 13"

Late 2008 Aluminum

MacBook5,1

MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 13"

Early 2009

MacBook5,2

MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.13 13"

Mid-2009

MacBook5,2

MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.26 13"

Late 2009

MacBook6,1

MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 13"

Mid-2010

MacBook7,1

MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.6 13"

Late 2008

MacBookAir2,1

MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.86 13"

Late 2008

MacBookAir2,1

MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.86 13"

Mid-2009

MacBookAir2,1

MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 2.13 13"

Mid-2009

MacBookAir2,1

MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.4 11"

Late 2010

MacBookAir3,1

MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.6 11"

Late 2010

MacBookAir3,1

MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 1.86 13"

Late 2010

MacBookAir3,2

MacBook Air "Core 2 Duo" 2.13 13"

Late 2010

MacBookAir3,2

MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.6 11"

Mid-2011

MacBookAir4,1

MacBook Air "Core i7" 1.8 11"

Mid-2011

MacBookAir4,1

MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.7 13"

Mid-2011

MacBookAir4,2

MacBook Air "Core i7" 1.8 13"

Mid-2011

MacBookAir4,2

MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.6 13"

Mid-2011 (Edu)

MacBookAir4,2

MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.7 11"

Mid-2012

MacBookAir5,1

MacBook Air "Core i7" 2.0 11"

Mid-2012

MacBookAir5,1

MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.8 13"

Mid-2012

MacBookAir5,2

MacBook Air "Core i7" 2.0 13"

Mid-2012

MacBookAir5,2

MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.3 11"

Mid-2013

MacBookAir6,1

MacBook Air "Core i7" 1.7 11"

Mid-2013

MacBookAir6,1

MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.3 13"

Mid-2013

MacBookAir6,2

MacBook Air "Core i7" 1.7 13"

Mid-2013

MacBookAir6,2

MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.4 11"

Early 2014

MacBookAir6,1

MacBook Air "Core i7" 1.7 11"

Early 2014

MacBookAir6,1

MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.4 13"

Early 2014

MacBookAir6,2

MacBook Air "Core i7" 1.7 13"

Early 2014

MacBookAir6,2

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.2 15"

Mid/Late 2007

MacBookPro3,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 15"

Mid/Late 2007

MacBookPro3,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.6 15"

Mid/Late 2007

MacBookPro3,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 17"

Mid/Late 2007

MacBookPro3,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.6 17"

Mid/Late 2007

MacBookPro3,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 15"

Early 2008

MacBookPro4,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.5 15"

Early 2008

MacBookPro4,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.6 15"

Early 2008

MacBookPro4,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.5 17"

Early 2008

MacBookPro4,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.6 17"

Early 2008

MacBookPro4,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 15"

Late 2008

MacBookPro5,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15"

Late 2008

MacBookPro5,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 15"

Late 2008

MacBookPro5,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 17"

Early 2009

MacBookPro5,2

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.93 17"

Early 2009

MacBookPro5,2

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 15"

Late 2008

MacBookPro5,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.93 15"

Late 2008

MacBookPro5,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.26 13"

Mid-2009 13"

MacBookPro5,5

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 13"

Mid-2009 13"

MacBookPro5,5

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15"

Mid-2009 15"

MacBookPro5,4

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 15"

Mid-2009 15"

MacBookPro5,3

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 15"

Mid-2009 15"

MacBookPro5,3

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 15"

Mid-2009 15"

MacBookPro5,3

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.8 17"

Mid-2009 17"

MacBookPro5,2

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 17"

Mid-2009 17"

MacBookPro5,2

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 13"

Mid-2010 13"

MacBookPro7,1

MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 13"

Mid-2010 13"

MacBookPro7,1

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.4 15"

Mid-2010 15"

MacBookPro6,2

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.53 15"

Mid-2010 15"

MacBookPro6,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.66 15"

Mid-2010 15"

MacBookPro6,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.8 15"

Mid-2010 15"

MacBookPro6,2

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.53 17"

Mid-2010 17"

MacBookPro6,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.66 17"

Mid-2010 17"

MacBookPro6,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.8 17"

Mid-2010 17"

MacBookPro6,1

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.3 13"

Early 2011 13"

MacBookPro8,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.7 13"

Early 2011 13"

MacBookPro8,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.0 15"

Early 2011 15"

MacBookPro8,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.2 15"

Early 2011 15"

MacBookPro8,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15"

Early 2011 15"

MacBookPro8,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.2 17"

Early 2011 17"

MacBookPro8,3

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 17"

Early 2011 17"

MacBookPro8,3

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.4 13"

Late 2011 13"

MacBookPro8,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.8 13"

Late 2011 13"

MacBookPro8,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.2 15"

Late 2011 15"

MacBookPro8,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.4 15"

Late 2011 15"

MacBookPro8,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.5 15"

Late 2011 15"

MacBookPro8,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.4 17"

Late 2011 17"

MacBookPro8,3

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.5 17"

Late 2011 17"

MacBookPro8,3

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.5 13"

Mid-2012 13"

MacBookPro9,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.9 13"

Mid-2012 13"

MacBookPro9,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15"

Mid-2012 15"

MacBookPro9,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15"

Mid-2012 15"

MacBookPro9,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.7 15"

Mid-2012 15"

MacBookPro9,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15"

Retina Mid-2012

MacBookPro10,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15"

Retina Mid-2012

MacBookPro10,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.7 15"

Retina Mid-2012

MacBookPro10,1

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.5 13"

Retina Late 2012

MacBookPro10,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.9 13"

Retina Late 2012

MacBookPro10,2

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.6 13"

Retina Early 2013

MacBookPro10,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 3.0 13"

Retina Early 2013

MacBookPro10,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.4 15"

Retina Early 2013

MacBookPro10,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.7 15"

Retina Early 2013

MacBookPro10,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.8 15"

Retina Early 2013

MacBookPro10,1

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.4 13"

Retina Late 2013 13"

MacBookPro11,1

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.6 13"

Retina Late 2013 13"

MacBookPro11,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.8 13"

Retina Late 2013 13"

MacBookPro11,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.0 15" (IG)

Retina Late 2013 15"

MacBookPro11,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15" (IG)

Retina Late 2013 15"

MacBookPro11,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15" (IG)

Retina Late 2013 15"

MacBookPro11,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.3 15" (DG)

Retina Late 2013 15"

MacBookPro11,3

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15" (DG)

Retina Late 2013 15"

MacBookPro11,3

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.6 13"

Retina Mid-2014 13"

MacBookPro11,1

MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.8 13"

Retina Mid-2014 13"

MacBookPro11,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 3.0 13"

Retina Mid-2014 13"

MacBookPro11,1

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.2 15" (IG)

Retina Mid-2014 15"

MacBookPro11,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.5 15" (IG)

Retina Mid-2014 15"

MacBookPro11,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.8 15" (IG)

Retina Mid-2014 15"

MacBookPro11,2

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.5 15" (DG)

Retina Mid-2014 15"

MacBookPro11,3

MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.8 15" (DG)

Retina Mid-2014 15"

MacBookPro11,3

Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.0*

Early 2009

Macmini3,1

Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.26*

Early 2009

Macmini3,1

Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.26

Late 2009

Macmini3,1

Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.53

Late 2009

Macmini3,1

Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.66

Late 2009

Macmini3,1

Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 (Server)

Late 2009

Macmini3,1

Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.4

Mid-2010

Macmini4,1

Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.66

Mid-2010

Macmini4,1

Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 (Server)

Mid-2010

Macmini4,1

Mac mini "Core i5" 2.3

Mid-2011

Macmini5,1

Mac mini "Core i5" 2.5

Mid-2011

Macmini5,2

Mac mini "Core i7" 2.7

Mid-2011

Macmini5,2

Mac mini "Core i7" 2.0 (Server)

Mid-2011

Macmini5,3

Mac mini "Core i5" 2.5

Late 2012

Macmini6,1

Mac mini "Core i7" 2.3

Late 2012

Macmini6,2

Mac mini "Core i7" 2.6

Late 2012

Macmini6,2

Mac mini "Core i7" 2.3 (Server)

Late 2012

Macmini6,2

Mac mini "Core i7" 2.6 (Server)

Late 2012

Macmini6,2

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.8

Early 2008

MacPro3,1

Mac Pro "Eight Core" 2.8

Early 2008

MacPro3,1

Mac Pro "Eight Core" 3.0

Early 2008

MacPro3,1

Mac Pro "Eight Core" 3.2

Early 2008

MacPro3,1

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.66

Early 2009

MacPro4,1

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.93

Early 2009

MacPro4,1

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 3.33

Early 2009

MacPro4,1

Mac Pro "Eight Core" 2.26

Early 2009

MacPro4,1

Mac Pro "Eight Core" 2.66

Early 2009

MacPro4,1

Mac Pro "Eight Core" 2.93

Early 2009

MacPro4,1

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.8

Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 3.2

Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Six Core" 3.33

Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Eight Core" 2.4

Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.66

Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.93

Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.8 (Server)

Server Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 3.2 (Server)

Server Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Six Core" 3.33 (Server)

Server Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Eight Core" 2.4 (Server)

Server Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.66 (Server)

Server Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.93 (Server)

Server Mid-2010

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 3.2

Mid-2012

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Six Core" 3.33

Mid-2012

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.4

Mid-2012

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.66

Mid-2012

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 3.06

Mid-2012

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 3.2 (Server)

Server Mid-2012

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Six Core" 3.33 (Server)

Server Mid-2012

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.4 (Server)

Server Mid-2012

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.66 (Server)

Server Mid-2012

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 3.06 (Server)

Server Mid-2012

MacPro5,1

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 3.7 (2013)

Late 2013

MacPro6,1

Mac Pro "Six Core" 3.5 (2013)

Late 2013

MacPro6,1

Mac Pro "Eight Core" 3.0 (2013)

Late 2013

MacPro6,1

Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.7 (2013)

Late 2013

MacPro6,1

Xserve Xeon Nehalem 2.26 "Quad Core"

Early 2009

Xserve3,1

Xserve Xeon Nehalem 2.26 "Eight Core"

Early 2009

Xserve3,1

Xserve Xeon Nehalem 2.66 "Eight Core"

Early 2009

Xserve3,1

Xserve Xeon Nehalem 2.93 "Eight Core"

Early 2009

Xserve3,1

If your Mac isn't listed above, and it was released before October 16, 2014 -- when new Macs started shipping with OS X Yosemite by default -- it isn't compatible with the operating system.

OS X Yosemite Features Compatibility Chart

All of the above Macs support the flat "modern look" and the updated Notification Center, Spotlight search functionality, and the new Apple apps.

However, most significant new "Continuity" features -- including "Handoff and Instant Hotspot" -- as well as AirDrop between Macs and AirDrop between Macs and iOS devices are supported by a more limited number of systems.

OS X Yosemite feature support varies accordingly:

  Handoff Instant Hotspot AirDrop Mac to iOS AirDrop
Mac to Mac
AirPlay Mirroring† Power Nap
iMac 2012+ 2012+ 2012+ Early 2009+ Mid-2011+ Late 2012+
MacBook None None None Late 2008+ None None
MacBook Pro 2012+ 2012+ 2012+ Late 2008+ Early 2011+ Retina
Mid-2012+
MacBook Air 2012+ 2012+ 2012+ Late 2010+ Mid-2011+ Late 2010+
Mac mini 2012+ 2012+ 2012+ Mid-2010+ Mid-2011+ Late 2012+
Mac Pro 2013+ 2013+ 2013+ Early 2009*+ Late 2013+ Late 2013+
Xserve None None None None None None


* Early 2009 Mac Pro models require the AirPort Extreme Card (MB988Z/A) to be installed to support Mac-to-Mac AirDrop functionality. Mid-2010 and later models offer default support courtesy of the pre-installed AirPort Extreme card.

† AirPlay Mirroring works in conjunction with an Apple TV (2nd Gen) or later.

Apple also notes that "Peer-to-Peer AirPlay" is supported by all 2012 and later Macs, but only to the A1469 Apple TV (3rd Gen, Early 2013) and later Apple TV models.

Additionally, note that the specific Continuity features that interact with iOS devices only are compatible with iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad models that meet the following requirements:

  iOS Support Hardware Requirements
Handoff iOS 8 Lightning Connector†
Instant Hotspot iOS 8.1 Cellular Connectivity* & Lightning Connector†
iPhone Calls from Mac iOS 8 iPhone Only
SMS iOS 8.1 iPhone Only
AirDrop (Mac to iOS) iOS 7 Lightning Connector†


* All iPhone models and select iPad models have cellular connectivity whereas iPod touch models do not. "Personal Hotspot" service through a cellular company also is required for this feature.

† The iPhone 5 and later iPhone models, iPad 4th Gen and later iPad models (including all iPad Air and iPad mini models), and the iPod touch 5th Gen all have Lightning connectors. Earlier devices do not.

Compatibility Summary

Ultimately, OS X Yosemite is both free and compatible with all Macs that can run OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Mavericks provided that 2 GB of RAM is installed and sufficient storage space is available.

However, as noted above, just because your Mac will run OS X Yosemite does not mean that all features are supported. Furthermore, EveryMac.com would recommend that those who use their Mac for "mission critical" tasks wait for a month or two for inevitable bugs to be discovered and fixed prior to upgrading your operating system.


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