OS X 10.10.3 Update Available for Yosemite with Photos App, Wi-Fi Fixes, New Emoji
Apple has released the final version of OS X 10.10.3 to all Mac users running Yosemite. The public version of OS X 10.10.3 includes the Photos app to replace iPhoto, and contains a handful of bug and performance fixes as well, including improvements to Wi-Fi stability and performance, over 300 newly designed Emoji icons, Spotlight Look Up suggestions, a resolution to some Bluetooth connectivity issues, and improvements to Safari and Screen Sharing. Full release notes are included below.
OS X 10.10.3 weighs in around 1.5GB and arrives as build 14D131. Apple recommends that all Mac users running OS X Yosemite download and install the update to OS X 10.10.3 as it “improves the stability, compatibility, and security” of the Mac. As usual with system updates, a restart is required, and starting a Time Machine backup before installing the update is strongly recommended in the odd event something goes wrong.
Download & Update OS X 10.10.3 for Yosemite
The simplest way to install OS X 10.10.3 on a Mac is through the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.
- Start and complete a backup of the Mac before attempting to install the update
- Head to the Apple menu and choose “App Store”
- Go to the “Updates” tab to find the download available, labeled as “OS X Update 10.10.3”, choose the “Update” button and agree to the TOS to start the download
Users can also choose to download the OS X 10.10.3 Combo Updater from Apple here.
The Mac will reboot and complete the update. Some users will find a secondary update to the OS X Yosemite Recovery function available as well.
Anecdotally, OS X 10.10.3 is noticeably more stable than prior releases of OS X Yosemite. Despite those improvements, no general performance changes are noted in the release notes of OS X 10.10.3, and the WindowServer process may still go CPU wild from time to time when a Mac is not rebooted often enough. The inclusion of additional wi-fi fixes will make this release particularly important to many Mac users who have been struggling with wireless connectivity issues since the release of OS X Yosemite in prior versions.
The new Photos app is quite nice and will be very familiar to users coming from iOS and using Photos app on iPhone and iPad. The app will offer to automatically import photos from iPhoto libraries, and the iPhoto app will get an (X) through the icon after installing as Photos replaces it. The app continues to persist in the /Applications/ folder, however.
OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Release Notes
The release notes accompanying the OS X 10.10.3 update are as follows:
The OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 update includes the new Photos app and improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.
With Photos you can:
• Browse your photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views
• Navigate your library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs
• Store all of your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and in full resolution
• Access your photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iCloud.com with your web browser
• Perfect your photos with powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, or allow precise adjustments with detailed controls
• Create professional-quality photo books with simplified bookmaking tools, new Apple-designed themes, and new square book formats
• Purchase prints in new square and panoramic sizes
It’s easy to upgrade your iPhoto library to Photos – just open the app to get started. To learn more about Photos, visit: https://www.apple.com/osx/photos/
This update also includes the following improvements:
• Adds over 300 new Emoji characters
• Adds Spotlight suggestions to Look Up
• Prevents Safari from saving website favicon URLs used in Private Browsing
• Improves stability and security in Safari
• Improves Wi-Fi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios
• Improves compatibility with captive Wi-Fi network environments
• Fixes an issue that might cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect
• Improves screen sharing reliabilityty
For enterprise customers, this update includes the following:
• Addresses an issue that could cause Macs bound to an Active Directory server to become unresponsive at startup
• Provides the ability to set a umask that’s respected by GUI apps
• Fixes an issue installing a configuration profile for 802.1x with EAP-TLS
• Resolves an issue where folders from a DFS share point might “disappear” when viewed from the Finder on some Macs
Separately, there are a variety of security improvements offered in OS X 10.10.3.
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users will also find iOS 8.3 update available to download.