OS X 10.10 is Officially OS X Yosemite, and Will be a Free Upgrade From Autumn

By Kat Hannaford on at

With the previous version of Mavericks giving way to better battery life and improved support for multiple displays, 10.10 Yosemite is bringing with it a translucent new interface, "big enhancements to apps," and something Apple's calling "continuity."


 

New-Look UI

Icons appear flatter, with the toolbars and window materials also receiving an overhaul -- it very much brings it up to date with iOS 7, with its use of translucent glass-like aesthetics, beyond title bars and into the apps themselves. Yes, we're still referring to an operating system.

One thing that's bound to grab attention is Apple introducing a new "dark mode," basically a dimmer UI which reduces eye strain. Windows will also change "temperature" based on your desktop wallpaper. Pretty.


 

Notification Centre

In another nod to iOS 7, Yosemite's Notification centre has a Today view, so you can see what's upcoming on your calendar, along with notifications, weather and other reminders. Also, also! It supports widgets from the App Store. Is that a hint that we'll be seeing widgets debut in iOS 8 today? Either way, developers will now be encouraged to create widgets for their apps too, given this new addition.

 

Spotlight

Spotlight -- because some people use that, evidently -- has been reworked so it can pull up results from the internet rather than local files. Rather brilliantly, Apple demoed a search for Godzilla, which brought up cinema results in the user's local area.

 

iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive's docs can now be found within Finder and works much like Dropbox now, automatically syncing across however many Apple products you have -- or non Apple products, as Windows is also supported -- you may have. Any app which can harness iCloud Drive gets its own folder, so organisation should be tight.

 

Mail

Few new features in Mail, with one of the largest (pardon the pun) addressing the issue of large file attachments, with new tool MailDrop creating a secure link so the receiver can download the files from the cloud, rather than run the risk of the email bouncing.

 

Safari

Safari is looking incredible pared-down, even more so than it currently is. A new private window for -- cough, nefarious activity, cough? -- has also been shown off, along with a new "Share" menu for easy access for RSS but also recently-messaged contacts you can share links to.

Tabs are now able to be scrolled through, plus there's a new tab view, which looks a bit like Chrome when you open a new tab...only more browser-y.

The ability to edit images within Mail -- because who doesn't procrastinate enough as is -- is called MarkUp. You can draw on images, pointing out, I don't know, a specific route a user might recommend on a map.

 

Continuity

Perhaps Apple's biggest news regarding Yosemite? Continuity, which will see all iDevices working perfectly together, much like Chrome does across devices, only more advanced. Using AirDrop, which works between iOS and the Mac from now on, a hotspot can be set up so that you can connect easily. If you swipe on a new icon, you can continue whatever you were doing on your iPad or iPhone, whether that's browsing the internet, finishing writing an email on your phone, or whatnot.

Messages from non-Apple devices (those would be the green messages, as opposed to iMessage's blue ones) can even be shown on the iPad or Mac, so you can respond from that device. "Your phone acts as a relay," according to Apple. Phone calls are also supported, much like a million Android apps have done so in the past where you can answer calls from your Mac.

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