Apple Announces OS X Yosemite with Improved Cross-Device Connectivity and New User Interface

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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 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 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.

    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 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
  2. Sky Blue, Jun 2, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2014


    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 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)" "
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
    It looks pretty good (except for the dock). Can't wait to try it out.
  4. macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2011
    I love the new design. The Continuity feature sounds amazzzinggg.
  5. macrumors member


    Apr 8, 2013
    Concepcion, Chile
  6. sshhoott, Jun 2, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2014

    macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 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. :)
  7. macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2014
    So happy it is fantastic and most importantly, it will be free.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    Would like to know spec's of hardware required though. They completely over looked that.
  9. macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2013
    Os x 10.10

    When will developers be able to download it ?
  10. macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    They said today for developers
  11. macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2013
    Not so fast in heaping appraisal there is plenty that can go wrong.
  12. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 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.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 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.
  14. macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2012
    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.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 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!
  16. macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
    Indeed. Thought the same. No need to diss the competition.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2009
    Any word on minimum specs required from the dev site?
  18. macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2014
    Penang, Malaysia
    Amazing new design, and the features, so useful, so new! :D
  19. macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    Still can't get dev site up, just goes to Mavericks for me still.
  20. macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2013
    Just getting "We'll Be Back Soon" on the dev site whatever that means.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    Welp, off to find some shady blogs on the internet!
  22. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    its an open beta. you can get it with the basic free dev account
  23. macrumors member

    Feb 15, 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.
  24. macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2011
    The open beta won't be available just yet.
  25. kwokaaron, Jun 2, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2014

    macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 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.

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