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Apple OS X Yosemite Announced: 7 Changes That Could Fascinate Mac Users
As expected, at the company's annual WWDC 2014 developer conference, Cupertino tech giant Apple unveiled a slew of its new products. One from the lot, which made both the iOS (iPhone) and OS X (Mac) users pretty happy was the new version of the latter one dubbed OS X Yosemite.
With the OS X Yosemite, which is named after a popular National Park in California, there are much reasons to be excited about it. First reason is that it will be available as a free upgrade to the public this fall. More-so developers will get the chance to see the update version right away from today itself. Apple will also launch a public beta program with this release. Thus, interested users can participate in this by signing up to the program and get a chance to test the new version over the course of the summer.
So far, the older OS X has scored an install base of about 80 million and with the release of the new version Apple expected to take up its user base. The OS X Yosemite looks a bit similar to the iPhone OS version 7. However, you will find a better depth in the new version of the Mac OS. If truth be told, the OS X Yosemite comes with a flatter design and more than that appearance-wise it is all about translucency than anything else.
"Yosemite is the future of OS X with its incredible new design and amazing new apps, all engineered to work beautifully with iOS," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "We engineer our platforms, services and devices together, so we are able to create a seamless experience for our users across all our products that is unparalleled in the industry. It's something only Apple can deliver."
If you are wondering about what other features are being offered in the latest OS X Yosemite. You will be thrilled to know that it is one interface that brings the iOS and Mac OS pretty close to each-other. The integration between Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems are now baked-in in such a way that now the users can have the ability to share cellular functionalities along with SMS messaging. Which means that users will be able to make and receive calls seamlessly via their Mac, provided that the paired iPhone is within the reach of the Mac.
The OS X Yosemite interface also comes with a "dark" mode, which dims system elements like the Menu and Dock and allows apps to be more prominent.
You can check out the other new features in the sliders below:
The new Today view in Notification Center gives you a quick look at everything you need to know, all in one place; iCloud Drive is located within the Finder and can store files of any type.
Safari has a new streamlined design that puts the most important controls at your fingertips. Mail makes editing and sending attachments easier than ever; Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other; and Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone's hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Yosemite even gives you the ability to make iPhone calls on your Mac.
Continuity features in Yosemite make your Mac and iOS device perfect companions. When your iPhone or iPad is near your Mac, Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other. Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone's hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network.
With Yosemite, OS X has been redesigned and refined with a fresh modern look where controls are clearer, smarter and easier to understand, and streamlined toolbars put the focus on your content without compromising functionality.
Translucent elements reveal additional content in your app window, provide a hint at what's hidden behind and take on the look of your desktop. App icons have a clean, consistent design and an updated system font improves readability.
The new Today view in Notification Center gives you a quick look at everything you need to know with widgets for Calendar, Weather, Stocks, Reminders, World Clock and social networks.
You can even download additional widgets from the Mac App Store to customize your Today view. Spotlight now appears front and center on your desktop and adds new categories of results, so you can view rich suggestions from Wikipedia, Maps, Bing, App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, top websites, news and movie showtimes.
Built right into the Finder, iCloud Drive stores files of any type in iCloud. iCloud Drive works like any other folder on your Mac, so you can drag documents into it, organize them with folders and Tags and search for them using Spotlight. With iCloud Drive, you can access all your files in iCloud from your Mac, iPhone, iPad or even a Windows PC.
Mail makes editing and sending attachments easier than ever. With Markup you can quickly fill out and sign forms and even annotate images and PDFs from within Mail. Mail Drop allows you to easily send large videos, images or files up to 5GB from the Mail app to any email address. Messages has a new look and delivers even more options for communicating with friends and family.
Safari has a new streamlined design that puts the most important controls at your fingertips. A new Favorites view gives you quick access to your favorite websites, and a powerful new Tabs view displays thumbnails of all your open web pages in one window. Safari also gives you more control over your privacy, with separate Private Browsing windows and built-in support for DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn't track users.