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Apple announces OS X Yosemite, here's everything that's new

Apple today unveiled the company’s latest OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014. OS X Yosemite, which is named after California's Yosemite National Park, brings a major design overhaul to OS X and comes wi

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Apple today unveiled the company’s latest OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014. OS X Yosemite, which is named after California’s Yosemite National Park, brings a major design overhaul to OS X and comes with its rumored flatter look, translucent interface as well as a palate of a range of new features, which brings it closer to iOS. Here are the top new features in OS X Yosemite.

New dock and Translucent Menus
Apple certainly knows how to bring about changes, which are not only useful and user-friendly but look cool as well. It has redesigned OS X to give it a more modern look with a clean and flat design, easy to use controls and streamlined. OS X Yosemite brings a new dock which now features icons on a simple translucent background which replaces the shelf look. Apple has used a lot of translucent elements in its design, which can help in letting a user easily know about the content and apps hidden behind the current app window.

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New Today View in notification center
Apple’s OS X Yosemite flaunts a refreshed and translucent Notification Center which features a new Today View, which looks a lot like the one on iOS. The today view features well designed widgets for inbuilt apps like calendar, reminders, weather, and more. Moreover, a user can also extend the contents of Today view by adding widgets for third party apps. The design of the widgets in the Today View looks pretty impressive, and the notification center now looks even more interactive in terms of third party app support.

iCloud Drive is located within the Finder
Apple’s OS X users will no longer be dependent on third party cloud storage based apps to store data as the company has added iCloud Drive to OS X Yosemite, which is one of the major new features announced today for the Mac users. The iCloud Drive is a new cloud-storage service from Apple which can be used on OS X, iOS, Windows and the Web. The service is located within the Finder and allows users to view, review, edit as well as tag a file in the Finder just like any other normal files. Also, these docs in the cloud service can even sync across Mac and iOS devices. With this new addition, Apple is pitching against the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive services.

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Safari’s new streamlined design
Safari’s UI in the OS X Yosemite has been changed substantially, which features a very iOS like interface and buttons. The search bar can be used for looking up or searching almost anything within the system or online. It now gets a share button, which is ripped from the iOS 7’s browser design. Along with this, the Safari browser now comes with a Private Browsing mode, a feature Chrome has provided for a long time and was missing from Safari. The company has also bumped up Safari’s Javascript engine, which as per the company will work noticeably faster than Google’s.

Mail with Markup editing
OS X’s Mail app now comes with a new Markup feature, which will let one doodle or scribble on top of a photo or document without any hassle. A user can simply draw something on a photograph, put up notes on a PDF file, can even put a remark on a document or edit attachments. An interesting part is that the Markup comes with some additional features which automatically identify drawings and can even polish them up to make notes look neat and clean.

Handoff feature passes content from one Apple device to the other
Apple has made it easy for users to access the same project from across multiple devices by using its new offering called Handsoff. This feature allows users to work on the same application across multiple Apple devices including iOS and Mac, which will now be able to communicate with each other. So one can simply start working on an email on their iPhone and can continue writing it on their Mac. Apple also announced that its Airdrop service will now work between OS X and iOS.

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Receive and make iPhone calls on your Mac
In simple words, this means that a user can now simply dial out or receive calls from their Mac when it is connected to their iPhone. With OS X Yosemite, Mac will act as a caller ID to highlight the number of the caller calling on a user’s iPhone. With this new connectivity feature, a user can use a Mac’s speaker to answer a call or can even call a number on webpage right from their Mac. The interesting part is that this feature will work even if the user’s phone isn’t near the Mac they are using.

Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network
Apple has also made creating Wi-Fi hotspot from your iPhone a lot easier. Well, automatic actually. In case you are working on your Mac where there is no Wi-Fi network, a quick click of a button will turn on the hotspot feature on your iPhone and will connect it automatically to your Mac.

  • Published Date: June 3, 2014 2:02 AM IST