Apple has released their latest OS Yosemite with plethora of intuitive features on board, but you should know not all of those features will work on all Macs.
In an upgrade guide posted on Apple’s website, the company listed the minimum requirements to run OS X Yosemite, along with the list of devices which supports the newly introduced features, including Handoff and Continuity.
As per Apple, OS X Yosemite works on most of the Macs dating back to 2007, including iMac (Mid 2007 or newer), MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer), MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer), Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer), Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) and Xserve (Early 2009).
First of all, Handoff and Instant Hotspot feature will work on Macbooks and iMacs released in or after 2012. As for Mac Pro, the late 2013 model is compatible with the new Handoff and Instant Hotspot feature. Apple also listed that users who intend to use the phone calling require iOS 8. To use the Instant Hotspot and SMS feature, users must have iOS 8.1 installed on their devices, which will be release shortly.
There are some other features as well such as AirDrop which won’t be available for all Mac users. Mac to iOS Airdrop feature requires a Mac released in or after 2012, while it works on the late 2013 Mac Pro only. As for Airdrop between two Macs, most of the devices are supported.
Just make sure to read the guide below before you install OS X Yosemite on your device, and find out if there’s any feature which will not work.