Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jun 2, 2014, 12:52 PM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Apple Announces OS X Yosemite with Improved Cross-Device Connectivity and New User Interface




Apple today announced the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. The sequel to last year's OS X Mavericks, Yosemite includes a user interface redesign, as well as major new features focusing on seamless integration between Mac and iOS devices, a new cloud storage system called iCloud Drive, as well as the ability to make phone calls and send text messages through an iPhone.

Continuity
Continuity is the biggest new feature of OS X Yosemite, improving the connection between Macs and iOS devices. With Continuity, it's possible to share files between Mac and iOS devices and it's also possible to make phone calls on a Mac via an iPhone.

AirDrop finally allows users to share files, photos, and more between iOS devices and Macs. Previously, this feature only allowed files to be shared from Mac to Mac or from iPhone to iPhone, which means sharing files from an iOS device to a Mac will now be far easier. Apple also debuted Handoff, which is a feature that allows iOS devices and Macs to recognize one another, letting users seamlessly transition from one device to another. For example, if a webpage is opened on Safari on a Mac, a user can pick up an iPhone and continue browsing that same site on his iOS device. In a demo on stage, the function was used to show an email started on the Mac continued on an iPhone.

Through Continuity, iPhone communications integration allows users to make and answer phone calls sent to their iPhones right on their Macs. "Green bubble" SMS messages from Android also now show up on Macs, and it's easier than ever for a Mac to connect to an iPhone hotspot.

Design and Notification Center
The new UI is very similar to the flat look of iOS 7 with translucent windows, a new dock and app icons and an all-new notification center with a Today pane and both first- and third-party widgets like Weather and SportsCenter. There's also a new dark mode, which lets users turn the overall interface into the more darkened tone of Notification Center.

Spotlight
Spotlight has a brand new interface which looks somewhat like third-party Mac apps like Alfred and Quicksilver and pops up in the center of the desktop. The new Spotlight allows users to not only search through their computer, but online through sources like Wikipedia, Yelp and for live movie times. In addition, Spotlight can do unit conversions, like converting miles to kilometers.

iCloud Drive
Another significant new feature is iCloud Drive, a Dropbox-like service that syncs documents across Macs, iOS devices and Windows. It offers an iCloud storage folder directly within Finder so users can see exactly which files they have in iCloud and it is accessible from both Macs and iOS devices. Apple has introduced new pricing for iCloud with the debut of iCloud Drive. The first 5GB of iCloud storage is free, while 20GB costs $0.99 per month and 200GB costs $3.99 per month. Tiers of up to 1TB are also available.

Mail
Improvements to the Mail app in Yosemite include Mail Drop and Markup. Mail Drop's intention is to solve the problem of sending attachments that are far too large and result in failed sendings. iCloud now encrypts the attachments and sends the recipient a link to the attachment if it's too large. Attachments are limited to 5 GB. Markup allows users to sketch and doodle on emails, much like Evernote's Skitch.

Safari
Safari has also seen improvements with a new "bird's eye" tab view, improved Privacy windows, and support for advanced HTML5 video, allowing for a 2 hour increase in battery life when streaming Netflix. The new tab view, essentially designed to replace the existing bookmarks bar, allows users to see a bird's eye view of all open tabs and lets users to bunch tabs together. Smart suggestions, which display favorite sites directly under the search bar, also help to replace the bookmarks bar.

As far as Privacy goes, users are now able to open a separate private window that does not affect existing windows or tabs, whereas previously, turning on privacy affected all open content. Safari includes 6.5x faster Javascript, with WebGL, SPDY, IndexedDB, Javascript Promises, CSS Shapes and more.

OS X Yosemite is available today to registered developers and will be launched to the public this fall. There will also be an public open beta program launched later this summer. OS X Yosemite will be a free upgrade for all users.

MacRumors readers can discuss the upcoming OS X version in our new OS X Yosemite forum.

Article Link: Apple Announces OS X Yosemite with Improved Cross-Device Connectivity and New User Interface
MacRumors is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 12:53 PM   #2
Sky Blue
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
The continuity stuff looks fantastic.

New look is good too.

Minium Specs:

" "•"iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)"
"•"MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)"
"•"MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)"
"•"MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)" "•"Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)" "•"Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)" "•"Xserve (Early 2009)"


"•"At least 2 GB of RAM "
"•"At least 10 GB of available disk space (50 GB if you wish to use Caching Server)" "

Last edited by Sky Blue; Jun 2, 2014 at 02:32 PM.
Sky Blue is offline   27 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 12:57 PM   #3
Brittany246
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
It looks pretty good (except for the dock). Can't wait to try it out.
__________________
Late 2013 Retina Macbook Pro 15.4", 2.3 GHz Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD | 32 GB iPad Air | 16 GB iPhone 5
Brittany246 is offline   11 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 12:57 PM   #4
MonstaMash
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
I love the new design. The Continuity feature sounds amazzzinggg.
MonstaMash is online now   36 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 12:57 PM   #5
rikardors
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Concepcion, Chile
I like this one! Excited!!!
__________________
iPad Mini 16 GB,iPhone 4, 8 GB, iPhone 4S, 16 GB, MacBook Air, mid 2013, 256 GB
rikardors is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 12:58 PM   #6
sshhoott
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Continuity is a new direction for the unification of all the Apple devices. Allowing each device to do more of what the other does while also being itself. It's unification done right.

Well done Apple, well done.

Last edited by sshhoott; Jun 2, 2014 at 02:36 PM.
sshhoott is offline   31 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 12:58 PM   #7
cleirac
macrumors member
 
Join Date: May 2014
So happy it is fantastic and most importantly, it will be free.
cleirac is online now   12 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 12:59 PM   #8
G4DP
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Would like to know spec's of hardware required though. They completely over looked that.
__________________
Apple wouldn't know a cartographer if they stabbed them with a pair of compass' in the backside!
G4DP is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:01 PM   #9
Guy Clark
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Os x 10.10

When will developers be able to download it ?
Guy Clark is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:03 PM   #10
COrocket
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guy Clark View Post
When will developers be able to download it ?
They said today for developers
COrocket is online now   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:04 PM   #11
Guy Clark
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by sshhoott View Post
Continuity is a new direction for computing, it really is the Holy Grail of unification of all the devices we have today. Well done Apple, well done.
Not so fast in heaping appraisal there is plenty that can go wrong.
Guy Clark is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:12 PM   #12
jafd
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
These b-tards have ditched Lucida Grande for the boring Helvetica in their UI. The world isn't going to be the same anymore.
jafd is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:13 PM   #13
G4DP
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
From the presentation things look good. If I can run it will have a good play over the weekend and see what actually works as advertised and what doesn't.

Glad Mail finally got an overhaul, long over due. Hopefully Safari does run as fast as they claim, will make things far smoother.
__________________
Apple wouldn't know a cartographer if they stabbed them with a pair of compass' in the backside!
G4DP is online now   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:14 PM   #14
polterbyte
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Brazil
Great stuff.

I just don't think that the mentioning Microsoft and Android was necessary. I prefer it better when Apple just ignores the competition on their live events.
__________________
Insanity: doing things always the same way while expecting different results.
polterbyte is offline   26 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:18 PM   #15
proline
In Time-Out
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Love how they stuck to their guns and kept the gorgeous text and borderless buttons. Great thing about Apple is they can go to the beat of their own drum and ignore all the whining. Way to go!
proline is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:18 PM   #16
Jibbajabba
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by polterbyte View Post
Great stuff.

I just don't think that the mentioning Microsoft and Android was necessary. I prefer it better when Apple just ignores the competition on their live events.
Indeed. Thought the same. No need to diss the competition.
Jibbajabba is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:21 PM   #17
stiligFox
macrumors 6502a
 
stiligFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: 10.0.1.3
Any word on minimum specs required from the dev site?
stiligFox is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:23 PM   #18
Xuan398
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Penang, Malaysia
Amazing new design, and the features, so useful, so new!
__________________
15" Late 2013 Retina Macbook Pro(i7-4850HQ+Iris Pro+GT750M+512GB SSD+16GB RAM) ; HTC One; iPad Mini w/Retina Display 128GB
Xuan398 is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:23 PM   #19
G4DP
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Still can't get dev site up, just goes to Mavericks for me still.
__________________
Apple wouldn't know a cartographer if they stabbed them with a pair of compass' in the backside!
G4DP is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:31 PM   #20
Guy Clark
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by G4DP View Post
Still can't get dev site up, just goes to Mavericks for me still.
Just getting "We'll Be Back Soon" on the dev site whatever that means.
Guy Clark is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:32 PM   #21
Parasprite
macrumors 65816
 
Parasprite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by COrocket View Post
They said today for developers
Welp, off to find some shady blogs on the internet!
__________________
Has anyone, anywhere, ever actually used ~/Pictures/iPod Photo Cache/ for anything besides deleting or hiding it?
Parasprite is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:43 PM   #22
bushido
macrumors 601
 
bushido's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Espaņa y Germany
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parasprite View Post
Welp, off to find some shady blogs on the internet!
its an open beta. you can get it with the basic free dev account
bushido is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:46 PM   #23
csjcsj
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
What I really want to know is how many of my apps won't work anymore. Mavericks took a big bite out of what I could use. Waiting patiently till the chain reactions show themselves.
csjcsj is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 01:58 PM   #24
eagandale4114
macrumors 65816
 
eagandale4114's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by bushido View Post
its an open beta. you can get it with the basic free dev account
The open beta won't be available just yet.
__________________
Early 2011 MacBook Pro 17" with antiglare & iPhone 5s 32GB
PS3 & PS Vita
eagandale4114 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 2, 2014, 02:01 PM   #25
kwokaaron
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
The new look will take some time to get used to. Most of the UI looks good. Prefer the dock look on Mavericks though.

Oh, and also I hope that all the UI redesign doesn't bog down my computer.
__________________
15" Macbook Pro With Retina Display | iPhone 5 | iPad Mini With Retina Display

Last edited by kwokaaron; Jun 2, 2014 at 02:06 PM.
kwokaaron is offline   4 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:04 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC