Just a couple of weeks ago, Apple had their annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. The conference is usually designed to notify the world of the nest happenings and upgrades as it pertains to Apple software, usually solely talking about upgrades in iOS and Mac OS X. Occasionally, you will see a few new pieces of hardware, but not this year. Even with no new hardware, the keynote still left us nerds foaming at the mouth. We have finally let the excitement settle down for us regarding WWDC, and in this article we will briefly discuss the Mac OS X improvements featured during WWDC.
But first, we must talk about the name, just for a second. Last year, Apple ran out of cats to name its acclaimed operating system. After using Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion, they were a tad puzzled on what to name it next. So, they shifted from cats, to cool places in the state of California. Last year was Mavericks, and this year, OS X 10.10 will be dubbed “Yosemite”.
So what’s so special about Yosemite? Simply put, a lot. OS X is starting to see an aesthetic overhaul in raw design and user interface (similar to that of iOS 7. Truth be told, you may think the new design is a tad childish, others may absolutely adore the new look). They began with a new overhaul in the intricacies in everything, including the icons of the default Mac OS X system. Think the change from iOS 6 to iOS 7, then apply that to your desktop machine. In addition, there is a transparent effect added to a variety of the toolbars and sidebars that are used in applications. This ultimately gives an even sleeker and flat feel to the new design, which honestly is pretty cool if you’re used to iOS 7 by now.
Okay, enough with the lame stuff, let us get into the tech-heavy specifications and features of it all. Unlike iOS, Yosemite comes jam-packed with some pretty shocking features. My personal favourite, is the calling. Yes, you can now take, or even make calls from your laptop. This, of course, will only work if you have the iPhone, but if so, your computer will make a seamless connection with your phone, and whenever you receive calls on your phone, you will have the option to take the call on your computer. This works even when your phone is in your bedroom charging, and you happen to be in your office typing something up. This feature will prove to be extremely convenient. In addition, the Messages application is also seeing some nifty new improvements, in that now, all of your messages will show up on your iPhone, not just the iMessages. This feature becomes even more appreciable when you realize you will essentially be able to text from your laptop. Now there is no need about ever not having your phone with you.
Another headlining feature that I am personally stoked about is iCloud Drive. Apple is finally taking away the need to have a Dropbox or Google Drive, as now their using their own cloud storage service that is already built into Mac’s default applications, no downloading third-party apps. You can put any kind of file on the Drive, and it will show up on all of your devices and all of your computers. Of course, additional storage can be bought, as well. Another cool add on is in the stock Mail application. With some nifty technological improvements, users will now be able to email attachments that are up to 5 gigabytes in size. Also, iOS and OS X will be able to AirDrop files to and from each other.
The biggest thing people are loving about Yosemite is Continuity and Handoff. With these two key features, switching between your laptop to your phone or tablet will never be easier. In the middle of typing up an article about OS X Yosemite, but want to switch over to your iPad? Awesome. Your iDevice will detect what you’re doing on your Mac, and have the option of swiping up on the lock screen to open up to that same app, and start working from precisely where you left off. So far, we know Handof to be compatible with Pages, Keynote, Numbers, and Mail.
Personally, we are very excited about this new release of OS X Yosemite. With a wide array of cool new features, there is certainly going to be benefits for everyone, regardless of what you use your Mac for. This is certainly a worthwhile upgrade from OS X Mavericks, which introduced some key new features, but was not quite as major as this was. Apple will be releasing a developer’s beta, which is out now, a public beta, which should be out in just a few weeks, and the final version of OS X Yosemite will be available this fall.