OS X Yosemite: Maybe Apple is at it’s Best
Apple’s new operating system will be out in its final form for free this fall. But early adopters will be able to get a look at all the new features through a public beta this summer.
Highlights from WWDC:
The latest version of OS X includes a total visual overhaul inspired by its mobile cousin, iOS. The flat design, translucent panels, and absence of gradients and textures can be found throughout OS X 10.10, lending a much more modern look to the desktop operating system.Much like iOS it seems.
2. Notification Center:
Yosemite gives the Notification Center sidebar introduced in Mountain Lion an even more dramatic visual makeover, turning the background translucent and expanding the features to make it look and function more like it does in iOS. A “Today” view has been added to the new Notification Center, letting you see your upcoming calendar events, reminders, and the weather forecast. Finally, you can now customize the Notification Center by adding third-party widgets and apps from the Mac App Store.
Spotlight gets its first big update in years with a brand-new Alfred-esque launcher and a search field that appears in the middle of the screen. You can quickly launch apps by typing just the first few letters, browse local documents (complete with in-line preview), and search everything from Wikipedia and Apple Maps to contacts and events, all from within the new tool.
Apple has given its Safari web browser some radical visual and functional tweaks, first and foremost shortening the address bar at the top of the browser window and centering it. The address bar has also gotten smarter and can suggest relevant Wikipedia articles based on what you type in. Apple has given Safari a “share” button identical to that found in iOS, along with a menu that displays recent recipients. Apple is also attempting to mitigate one of its browser’s most annoying features — multiple tabs that extend beyond the browser window and out of view — by letting you scroll through them horizontally. But the most dramatic new feature is Tab View, a button that provides you a “bird’s eye” view of all the open tabs, which closely resembles the multi-tab view in mobile Safari.
Apple promises that its problem-plagued Mail app now includes “reliable syncing.” But Apple has upgraded the app with other new features as well, focusing primarily on attachments. Markup is Mail’s new built-in editor for image attachments, completely separate from Preview. It closely resembles the popular app Skitch and includes simple features such as a magnifying glass, text and shape annotations, and drag-to-resize arrows. But Markup is also smart enough to automatically transform your messy scribbles into clean, steady lines. For those emails with attachments that are so big they are rejected by a recipient’s email client, Apple has a new solution: MailDrop, a feature that lets you store attachments up to 5GB in size in iCloud and send recipients a link to download it on their own.
Apple announced iCloud Drive, a Dropbox-esque file system for storing your documents in the cloud. iCloud Drive will make everything you have stored in iCloud accessible through Finder, including your files from iOS apps. You can also add your own folders and tags to iCloud Drive, and everything syncs across your Macs — as well as on iOS and Windows.
Handoff is a new feature of OS X that helps you share work across devices. You can start an email on your phone and your Mac will prompt you to finish it there, for example. Or you can start a document in iWork and your iPad will suggest you continue your work there once you move away from your laptop.
A much-requested feature from the start, you can now share files between mobile devices and Macs using AirDrop. Previously, you could only share between mobile devices or between Macs.
3. Instant Hotspot:
You can now use your phone’s cellular connection as a Wi-Fi hotspot more easily. Yosemite will automatically find your phone and allow you to start using the connection with a couple of clicks.
4. SMS & Phone Calls:
Yosemite enhances iMessage to include SMS messages as well as the texts sent through Apple’s proprietary service. You can also now send and receive phone calls from your Mac.
Source: Apple WWDC 2014
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