Apple unveils OS X Yosemite; releases this fall
Apple today revealed its latest OS X, with OS X Yosemite.
The latest operating system uses a tweaked user interface, with windows being translucent, as they’ll adapt to the color scheme to the image set as the wallpaper. The dock now uses icons that resemble those found on iOS 7. There is also now what is called a “dark mode” which changes up the look of the interface with a darker look for those who aren’t fond of the super bright design.
Notification Center has a new “Today” view so you can keep track of your calendar, stocks, weather and more for the day. Spotlight, which is a quick way to launch applications, has also been updated, as a search bar will pop up in the middle of the screen just by clicking the magnifying glass icon. Using the Search app will let you not only launch apps, but also find things online.
During the demo at WWDC 14, Apple demonstrated how searching for Godzilla, included results for movie times, synopsis, and more, just by using the Search appl.
iCloud Drive – Apple showed off an iCloud based drive that featured folders, files (of any sort) and how they synchronize across all Macs and iOS.
OS X Yosemite also updates the Mail app. Fast-switching between inboxes and a feature called “Mail Drop” which sends an email that perhaps has an image that is too big for the recipient’s email client. Attachments can be up to 5GB in size, and they can be automatically sent with a link to download that image.
The Safari browser has a smaller top bar, which hides bookmarks because the smart search field already shows your favorites, giving the browser a larger screen size for the actual content. There is a sharing button that lets you subscribe to RSS feeds, or to share on social networks. There will now be a tab view button so you see stacks of sites and features WebGL, IndexedDB, HTML5 Premium Video, CSS Shapes and more. The browser is supposed to be more energy efficient and faster than in previous operating systems. Apple also introduced smooth scrolling for tabs, so that if you have a lot of tabs open, you can just scroll through them, even for those that aren’t visible.
Air Drop will also now work between iOS and the Mac, which will be great for users of multiple devices, and a Mac can now see an iPhone to create an instant hot spot without any setup. Apple also is allowing a Mac to receive SMS messages, instead of only iMessages. When a phone call comes in to an iPhone, it will allow it to relay it to a Mac, which will not only show caller ID, but you can pick up the phone call on the Mac. Continuity is where it’s at, which is what makes this all possible.
There will be a beta program this summer, and the full update arrives this fall and will be free!