Mac Help: Is 10.10.3 safe to install?

That's the question posed to me in this week's Mac Help. It seems my previous warnings about not rushing into major operating system updates have created anxiety about any operating system update, even the relatively minor ones, for some long-time iMore readers. That includes last week's OS X Yosemite point release of 10.10.3.

V. B. writes

"I read your warning about installing Yosemite and now I'm worried I did something wrong. I put on 10.10.3 as soon as I saw it on iMore. Did I screw up my Mac?"

Sorry about that, V.B. I think when the big updates come out like Yosemite and Mavericks before it, it's worth being circumspect and letting other folks pay the penalties that sometime come with early adoption: System instability, broken or not-quite-working features and potential compatibility pitfalls with apps you depend on.

The incremental updates like 10.10.3 are much less cause for concern, because they're shoring up issues and tightening the bolts.

If you haven't yet migrated to Yosemite and you've been thinking about it, now's a good time to get on that. Set aside a few hours. Check out my How to get your Mac ready for Yosemite guide.

10.10.3's biggest obvious change was the inclusion of Photos, Apple's replacement for iPhoto. We've got all the details about Photos for OS X here:

Most people aren't having any trouble with the iPhoto to Photos transition, but those that are can usually backpedal a step if they're using Time Machine or another backup method, which I strongly advocate before making any change to your Mac.

Other important changes to 10.10.3 include support for Google two-factor authentication, new emoji, and more.

So yeah, it's safe to go ahead and make the change, as long as you are comfortable with your backup strategy.