OS X 10.10.3 & iOS 8.3 Update Advisory

Yosemite Update

We do recommend updating to OS X 10.10.3.

Unless you use FileVault 2, a Firmware password, and an Active Directory account.  Then don't update.

Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 today.  This update introduces Photos, a new photo editing and organizing application designed to be a happy medium between the departing Aperture and iPhoto.  Here are the full release notes.

This update also brings at least one interesting behavior that can render a computer unable to boot.  Here's what we've found, so far, with the 10.10.3 update:

  • If you're using FileVault 2 and have a firmware password set your computer might refuse to boot, showing the dreaded blinking folder icon with a question mark.  We have replicated this reliably on a 15" MacBookPro and will continue to test with other machines to see if it is at all model specific.
  • 10.10.3 mentions this line in the changelog: "Addresses an issue that could cause Macs bound to an Active Directory server to become unresponsive at startup."  We have found this issue to persist after updating, and although it specifically relates to machines using FileVault 2, we are going to followup with Apple.

iOS 8.3 Update

We do recommend updating to iOS 8.3.

Along with 10.10.3, Apple has also released iOS 8.3.  We have not experienced any unexpected behavior in 8.3 so far and are recommending the update to the CalArts community.  There are extensive release notes on iOS 8.3, including a redesign of the spacebar, which should make iPhone 6 Plus users happy (the period button location made searches.come.out.like.this.a lot).

WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity have been improved, although we haven't noticed any specific changes on our devices yet.

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