During its WWDC developer conference Apple, as expected, announced the next version of its desktop operating system OS X. Apple announced OS X 10.10 Yosemite that follows the current version OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The theme this year is “continuity” which we can very well relate from the new features and changes.
OS X 10.10 is a cleaner design with more features inspired from iOS. OS X 10.10 has a flatter design with translucent panels and lack of gradients and textures, like iOS 7, giving desktop a newer look. The dock and App Window has sharper corners; App icons too feature new and flatter designs. The colour temperature of App window will also get adjusted as per user’s selected background, just like iOS. New, user-selectable “dark mode” has also been added that dims the entire interface for better focus, while working similar to triple home button click in iOS. Apple’s Craig Federighi calls this focus on “clarity, but also utlity.”
“Today” view has been added to the Notification Center for calendar, reminders, weather, and more, and Apple says that it can be further extended with third-party app widgets. Spotlight, Apple’s universal search tool has been redesigned and improved with more functionality.
There’s also a big change in Apple’s iCloud Drive service. Finder file browser will integrate all files stored in a user’s iCloud account. Users will now be able to browse their files stored in the cloud and organize them into folders and also tag them like any other types of files. All iCloud Drive files will sync across Mac computers and Windows PCs. Apple’s mail App has a new feature MailDrop that lets users attach large files to emails with their iCloud accounts. Attached images to email can also be edited with simple text and arrow overlays.
AirDrop that will allow users to transfer images and other data between their mobile devices and their desktop without using a cable is finally supported between OS X and iOS. Using location awareness, email messages that are composed on an iPhone or iPad can now instantly be continued on a Mac. Voice call can be relayed from an iPhone to a Mac, also Mac would be able to initiate and dial calls on an iPhone. It’s also possible now to start up a mobile hotspot directly from a Mac, without using an iPhone. Apple is also planning to include traditional text message to iMessage service.
OS X 10.10, like iOS 7, has a visual refresh than a complete transition. The best part is better integration and interaction with Apple’s mobile devices, making it a seamless experience across devices. This helps users to be completely bought in to Apple’s entire ecosystem.
From today developers can access the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and a public beta will be available this summer. Apple will release OS X 10.10 Yosemite finally this fall and will be available for free upgrade to users.
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