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Combining OS X Yosemite and iOS 8: First Look [PICTURES]
Apple may only be in news most of time for reasons pertaining to a brand new iPhone or an iPad model, or even for the upgrades it might be planning for the next version of its mobile-based OS, but that certainly doesn't mean that its proprietary OS X operating system will be left behind.
Now keeping up with the tradition, Apple has made full use of the currently on-going WWDC 2014 conference to introduce fans to the new Mac OS X Yosemite operating system.
With the OS X Yosemite now in place, named after a popular National Park in California, there are a number of reasons to be excited about it. First or all, it will be available as a free upgrade to the public this fall. Even 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, and interested users can participate by signing up to the program and get a chance to test the new version over the course of the summer.
On the other hand, the new and upgraded iOS 8 also holds a lot of promise in terms of features and functionalities. And when combined with the Yosemite, expect an amazing overall experience.
But while all that sounds pretty exciting, what exactly is the new version of the OS X offering in terms of features and others? We take a look at all those.
With the new Yosemite now in place, users can make and receive iPhone calls right on their Macs. From now on, whenever the phone rings, users will get a notification on their Mac showing the caller's name, number, and profile picture.
Similarly, in order to make a call, just click a phone number in Contacts, Calendar, Messages, or Safari. Users can also dial in to a conference call from a Calendar event, with the Mac automatically entering the passcode for you.
With both the Mac and iOS near to each other, users can automatically pass over whatever operations they were conducting from one device to the other. With the new Handoff feature, users can make the most out of Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. Also app developers can easily build Handoff into their apps.
With OS X Yosemite alongside an iPhone running iOS 8, users can send and receive SMS and MMS text messages right from the Mac. So you can respond to your friends irrespective of whatever phones they might have, and respond from whichever device is closest.
Users can also initiate a text message conversation on the Mac by clicking a phone number in Safari, Contacts, or Calendar.
It really isn't a great issue if you somehow don't have a Wi-Fi around. Now users can automatically use the personal hotspot on their iPhones when they're within range of each other. The iPhone will automatically appear in the Wi‑Fi menu on your Mac.
The Mac will even display the signal strength and battery life of your iPhone, and when not in use, it intelligently disconnects to save battery life.