Is Apple Using "The Force"?

The newly launched iOS 9 operating system can be used on all predecessor models of iPhone 4. Apple maintains that well over 50% of all iOS users installed this software update upon its initial week of release. However, some individuals are complaining that their iPhones have become slower since they installed this program.

Preliminary tests show that the operating system actually reduces speeds for iPhone 4S, 5 and 5S. If you’re planning to use your handset together with a PC, then the only solution to solving this problem is upgrading your Mac to OSX 10.10. Yosemite or 10.11 "El Capitan".

What the hell? I didn’t ask for a MAC upgrade. Apple already understands most MacBook devices don’t have enough memory capacity for supporting the upgrade.

Similarly, some users feel like Apple is forcing them to download the program in something that seems like software sabotage. 

Without upgrading to Yosemite, iOS 9 makes streaming online videos a hair-pulling experience, since it takes forever for the application to respond.

Smartphones also take much longer before start-up and launching apps can be equally tedious. Surprisingly, the performance of Apple’s virtual assistant Siri actually seems faster, though ironically, some users have disabled Siri’s latest app prediction feature in order to further speedup up their phones. 

iOS 9 software slowing properties are not unique but rather familiar with most smartphone owners. New features often demand more resources from a device, and this can considerably reduce normal operations while also affecting battery life. But a forced Mac upgrade doesn’t belong in this systemic upgrade tactic.

Some updates have put more focus on performance and optimization, which when properly utilized can really help in improving response time for their host devices. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case with Apple’s iOS 9 and the only option, which users have, is installing OS 10.10 'Yosemite’ on their Mac systems.  

When the previous operating program was released to the market, it caused quite some issues for those upgrading since it demanded at least 5GB of free space. Meaning that iPhone users first had to delete apps, music files, and photos from their units just to download the update. 

Apple corrected this issue by launching iOS 9, which requires less than 1.5GB of space, and also providing support for much smaller applications, though its impact on the overall speed of older devices is still sadly evident. While some people may try avoiding this new update, it could put them at more risk of incurring security breaches and similarly newly released apps can stop being supportive of the old operating systems, hence making an upgrade literally unavoidable at some point in time. 

Before upgrading your Mac computer to Yosemite, you need to ensure that there’s enough space on your solid-state drive (SSD) or hard drive for this update. Below are some factors you should consider before performing this task.  


Preparation  

Check whether your Mac device is able to support Yosemite. Some of the Apple models that are supported include iMac (mid-2007 or newer versions), 13-inch MacBook Pro (mid-2009 or newer) and MacBook (13-inch, early 2009 or newer). In terms of memory, Apple has published online Yosemite's general requirements are a minimum of 2GB storage capacity and 8GB hard drive space.

True, if you just want to load Yosemite and stare at the screen admiring its gorgeous wallpaper. But don’t expect to get anything done. It will be slooooooow.

You would need at least 8GB of memory, or suffer the consequences of hours of beach balling. Specific memory amount is shown at the main 'About This Mac’ section of your screen. Also, consider replacing your mechanical hard disk drive with a solid-state drive (or “SSD”). Performance is key, so upgrading both memory and hard drive will help Yosemite to run at acceptable speeds.

Most items you download from the net are stored in the Mac Downloads folder. If you have many superfluous downloaded items, then take some time and delete them. It’s a great idea to check this periodically.  

Proceed by clicking on Downloads on the Finder sidebar, or alternatively press and hold Dock Installation stack before choosing Open in Finder. Drag unnecessary items to the Trash and then choose Empty Trash. Compressing files and folders is also another useful option; the items can then be stored in a single archive, which takes far less space. To perform this task, control-click on a folder or gently tap on it using two fingers then choose 'Compress’ from the Mac shortcut menu.  

If you squeeze a single item, then the compacted file will bear a similar extension name as the original item’s .zip extension. By compressing multiple items all at once, the new folder would be known as Archive.zip. If you feel like uncompressing the files later on then just double-click on .zip file. Move the folders to an external disk. After the files have fully been copied, you can now delete their original copies from your Mac to create more space for Yosemite. 

After following these steps and determining that your Mac can actually accommodate Yosemite, then the first step before proceeding to upgrade is performing a system backup to protect any existing data. Should the installation process go awry, then you definitely don't want to lose other important documents alongside your music and photo libraries stored on your Mac.

Luckily, Apple has a software tool known as Time Machine, which can help you with such backups. Once activated, this application will automatically record backup history for your entire system on an hourly basis. Including the OS and user accounts so that you can effortlessly restore individual files, or the entire Yosemite installation process if necessary.

Or finally, not upgrade at all. Is your current Mac OS working ok? Just leave it alone until such time you really need to upgrade

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