OS X Yosemite is the latest Mac Operating System that Apple device users have been waiting for a long time. Mac users have the option to upgrade to OS X 10.10 Yosemite or get a completely fresh installation done. There are plenty of tutorials available online to ensure a smooth download of Yosemite on your Mac book or iMac. However, not many solutions are readily available to tackle the common problems faced while accessing the new OS X Yosemite on Mac. In this article, we shall browse through some of the most frequent issues reported while using Yosemite and identify solutions for the same.
Popular OS X Yosemite Issues or Errors Reported
1. Yosemite Battery Life Problem:
After the successful upgrade or installation, many users have found that the battery life of their Mac computer or laptop has decreased tremendously as compared to working with previous versions of Apple OS. There was panic seen in some discussion forums which led to certain users assume that perhaps battery life drain is indeed a problem with this most recent Apple OS for 2014.
Quick Fix: Just continue using your system normally and battery life will be back to normal in a day or two. Yes, you heard it right! One doesn’t need to change anything. As per some comments shared by experts, after a big OS upgrade or fresh download, the battery may take some time to re-calibrate as well as even the Spotlight needs time to re-index. These activities may or may not affect the battery life. Hence, by being patient for 1-2 days, you would observe that the short battery life problem is non-existent.
2. OS X Yosemite WiFi Issue:
It has been observed that several users who got upgraded to this latest OS faced Wi-Fi connectivity problems for their Mac PCs. In simple words, many users have found it difficult to connect easily to their home WiFi after the new OS installation.
Solution for Yosemite WiFi problem:
It has been recommended by experts that one can try resetting the System Management Controller (SMC) in follow ways:
a) For Intel-based iMac or Mac Mini or XServe and for Mac Pro: Shut down your Mac, remove your power plug, wait for atleast a minute and switch ON the Mac after plugging the power chord back.
b) For devices with removable batteries: Shut down your computer, remove the MagSafe power plug / adapter followed by removal of battery. Press & Hold the computer power button for 5-6 seconds before releasing it and then put the battery back in along with switching on the MagSafe power plug. Finally, turn ON the computer by pressing the power button as usual.
c) For devices with non-removable batteries: Shut down your Mac and make sure that the MagSafe plug is switched ON. From the keyboard, use the Shift-Control-Option keys together with the power button at the same time and release them all at the same time as well. Finally, turn ON the Mac pressing the power button.
3. Yosemite Bluetooth connectivity issue or Bluetooth availability problem:
Now, Bluetooth not getting connected for carrying out seamless wireless operations is a common issue faced by computer users all over the world. However, Mac users do not face such issues often and so it is a surprise to hear several users encountering this Bluetooth connection problems with new OS. More precisely, users have encountered difficulties in connecting mouse and keyboard through Bluetooth. Some users have also reported issues like “not being able to see the Bluetooth option available anymore”.
i) Try resetting the System Management Controller (SMC) or Parameter Random Access Memory (PRAM) in a way that suits your device (as discussed in detail in the above paragraph related to Solution for WiFi problem).
ii) Simply open the Bluetooth preferences option for wireless connection.
iii) If above two options fail, try the most common solution of disconnecting all USB peripheral options, shutting down the Mac and switching it ON after a minute.
The above list contains some of the most frequently encountered problems as reported or discussed by Mac users all over the world for the latest OS. One can find relevant discussions at Apple Discussion Forum/Community for Yosemite
Thus, one thing is sure that despite initial hiccups, you could enjoy a smooth experience with your new Yosemite OS. Please feel free to discuss any other common problems & solutions that might have worked for you!