Apple Updates!!

Wow! Apple released a bunch of updates a couple of days ago. I think they updated just about everything that can be updated. Of course I waited a day or so to do the Mac OS X updates, just to be safe. Let me tell you how my updates went and how I did them.

iOS 8.1.3

I updated two iPhone 5s’s to iOS 8.1.3. All went well, no problems during or after the update. The actual updating process was quite slow though, maybe Apple’s servers were hammered.

Next, I updated my iPad 3 and iPad Mini to iOS 8.1.3. It was a slow process, but no problems at all. Have not noticed any difference in the performance of these iOS devices, but YMMV.

Yosemite 10.10.2

The next day I updated my Late 2012 iMac from Yosemite 10.10.1 to 10.10.2. I much prefer to use the Combo Updater instead of the Delta Updater for Mac updates, it just seems to fix anything that might be a potential problem. I downloaded it (840GB worth), but it would not install!! That was a total surprise to me. I did some research on Apple Discussions and discovered no one could install the 10.10.2 Combo Updater over 10.10.1 Yosemite. I even tried installing it on my 2011 MacBook Air running Yosemite 10.10.1, but no dice. Here is the error you get when you run the Combo Update:

I ended up downloading and using the Delta Updater from the App Store. This was a very slow process, but all in all it went well. My iMac and Air are both running 10.10.2 and doing well, more on this in a minute. Please note, I made a bootable clone of my iMac to an external USB drive before doing any updating. The iMac is my mission critical machine, so a clone was advisable. Also, I have my Time Machine backup and my newer QRecall backup as well.

For years I have used the Combo Updater to upgrade my Macs. It just seemed to have less problems. I also used it to install “over the top” of the current Mac OS to fix minor issues. It was a very effective tech tool let me tell you. But, that seems to be gone! That is very disappointing to say the least. Perhaps it is just this particular update and Apple will restore the typical Combo Updater behavior at a later time, we’ll see.

Apple TV

Yes, Apple even released an update to the Apple TV 3 model. I installed that without any issues, but again, very slow progress. This update on the Apple TV along with all the other updates to the iOS and Yosemite are touted to fix a ton of security issues. My Apple TV does seem to be a little more responsive which is nice.

The Bottomline

The bottomline is the installs went very well and I have experienced no problems on any devices with any of these updates, YMMV of course. When I completed the Mac updates I ran Permissions in the Disk Utility app and did another Restart just for drill. I say go ahead and do these updates if you have not already. Also, Apple did release security updates for OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks.

After using Yosemite 10.10.2 for a couple of days I can say without reservation that it does seem to be a little snappier, no I am not imagining this. When I updated my Macs to 10.10.1 it was definitely not snappier, but 10.10.2 seems to be a bit of an improvement in this area.

You have to hand it to Apple for staying on top of their devices, keeping them current so to speak. And, if you are running Yosemite 10.10.0 on anything then I am sure the Combo Updater would work.

Doug