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macrumors 68000
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Jul 6, 2012
Kissimmee, FL
Hello! My fellow Mac users, today Apple unveiled its brand new update to the OS X family! OS X 10.10 Yosemite! And it is beyond beautiful with exciting features, this thread will go over all the little things this release shall have.

Plenty of new things, so let's get to it shall we :D

Highlights of OS X Yosemite

  • Brand new flat interface.
  • Flat 2D dock Photo
  • AirDrop with iOS
  • iCloud Drive
  • Dark Mode
  • SMS in iMessage
  • New Spotlight
  • Enhanced Mail
  • Refined Safari
  • Continuity
  • Instant Hotspot
  • Handoff
  • Phone Calls
  • Notification Center Widgets

---Developer Preview 1---​
Released: June 2nd, 2014
  • New iOS-inspired Boot Screen
  • New Finder Icon
  • Flatter system icons Photo
  • New system wide font (Helvetica Neue)
  • New login screen background
  • Bing replaces Google as Spotlight Search Engine
  • PDF Signature Photo
  • Extra row in Launchpad Folders
  • Add pages in Launchpad Folders
  • 24 new dictation languages
  • The dock 'fills up' when minimizing a window
  • Spotlight converts currency Photo
  • Traffic Light buttons in Full Screen Mode
  • Calendar colors are much brighter
  • Option-click on green button gives you the old "maximize" behavior
  • Green button toggles fullscreen
  • iTunes is still the old version as of DP1
  • New Indicators
  • New Notes and Reminders App
  • You can plug in an iOS 8 device and record audio and video in QuickTime
  • Compressed Memory column in Activity Monitor
  • Set up Mac to sign in to your user account with your Apple ID
  • New Game Center UI
  • Low resolution pictures in Safari center themselves horizontally.
  • Mission Control got a fresh new look
  • New WiFi information
  • AirDrop in Finder can enable AirDrop on older Macs
  • New Terminal version
  • Mail now says "Hello from California" instead of "Hello from Cupertino, CA"
  • Location GPS icon when an app is using location
  • New login screen during a screensaver Photo
  • System Preferences gives a notification when changing a browser Photo
  • QuickTime flatter interface Photo
  • 3rd party apps with sidebar get translucent feel
  • Encode video files by right-clicking the file and selecting the encode file option.
  • Full screen in Messages no longer has pillarboxing. It fills the entire screen.
  • Script Editor has gained Javascript syntax highlight and support. Photo
  • New batch renaming pane available in Finder Photo 1 Photo 2
  • New Safari "Exposè" tab view
  • Messages have new alert tones from iOS 7
  • iMessage Screensharing
  • Icons under the "Go" menu in Finder are now grey

    ---Developer Preview 2---

    Released: June 17th, 2014

  • New Photo Booth Interface Photo
  • Tweaked Settings icon
  • Performance and Bug Fixes
  • Smoother animations
  • Hover effect in Safari Tabs
  • Checkbox to disable Dashboard
  • New Time Machine UI
  • Enhanced Screen Sharing
  • Updated Photo Booth/Screen Sharing Icons
  • Finder no longer needs to be open to receive AirDrops from other devices
  • New FileVault Panel
  • The dock spacing is now tighter
  • Spotlight tweaks
  • Dark Mode Available (Through Terminal Command)
  • The poof animation if you remove an icon from the Dock is gone
  • File Transfer dialogue box tweaked
  • in iBooks you can edit the metadata
  • Color Palette's look got updated Photo

    ---Developer Preview 3---

    Released: July 7th, 2014

  • Dark Mode Available Photo
  • New Quicktime icon Photo
  • Bookmark folders are now accessible via the address bar in Safari
  • Redesigned icons in Mail
  • Interface tweaks in System Preferences wallpaper chooser
  • Improved font in Notification Center
  • Larger badges on app icons
  • New FontBook icon
  • UI Tweaks in iCloud Settings
  • FaceTime Audio and Video now seperated Photo

    ---Developer Preview 4---

    Released: July 21st, 2014

  • Brand-new redesigned iTunes (Version 12) Photo (iTunes "All The Little Things")
  • Redesigned Calculator App Photo
  • Settings UI for Dark Mode tweaked
  • Improved ability to dial out any phone number via the FaceTime app
  • Redesigned weather in the notification center with weather moisture
  • Color palette's new look from DP2 tweaked Photo
  • Safari does not freeze frame when using the navigation gestures

    ---Public Beta 1---

    Released: July 24th, 2014

    Downloadable via redemption code in the Apple Seed Program
  • Mac Help updated Photo

    ---Developer Preview 5---

    Released: August 4th, 2014

  • Bug fixes and improvements
  • Various Swift programming languages improvements
  • Volume/Brightness Controls have been tweaked Photo 1 Photo 2
  • Volume Feedback sound has changed
  • System Preferences now has integrated title bar Photo
  • Slightly Tweaked Calculator Widget
  • Modified iBooks icon
  • Thin, new download progress bar under Launchpad and Downloads folder in the dock
  • New setting in Safari to show full website addresses

    ---Developer Preview 6---

    Released: August 18th, 2014

  • New System Preferences Icons Photo
  • New Menu Bar Battery status icon
  • 3 Brand new wallpapers Photo
  • Do Not Disturb toggle returns on Notification Center
  • Dashboard now has a translucent background.
  • Automator now has a translucent background.
  • Tweaked FontBook icon
  • New Image Capture and Script Editor icons
  • New Hard Drive icons Photo
  • New icons in Mail preferences, and Safari preferences.
  • Volume and Brightness control HUD designs tweaked
  • Spotlight's path bar design tweaked. Photo
  • Small tweaks to folder icons

    ---Public Beta 2---

    Released: August 21st, 2014

  • New iTunes Beta with UI enhancements

    ---Developer Preview 7---

    Released: September 2nd, 2014

  • The "Software Update" option has been removed from the main Apple menu, with App Store now displaying available software updates.
  • Spotlight now has a Dark Mode
  • New icons Dashboard, Migration Assistant, ColorSync, etc.
  • Modified icons in System Preferences
  • New look for Language & Region and Startup Disk
  • Software Update and Dock option removed from the Apple Menu
  • Apple Menu shows App Updates
  • New Disk Image icon
  • "Default for Call" option in FaceTime App
  • Tweaked Finder icon

    ---Developer Preview 8 / Public Beta 3---

    Released: September 15th, 2014

  • Back and forward buttons on System Preferences have returned. Photo
  • The look of Help menu bar item in Dark mode is fixed
  • Weather widget in Notification Center now asks for your permission to access location.
  • New Safari Welcome screen. Photo
  • Tweaked Battery Menu bar icon. Photo
  • Application security check progress bar Photo
  • Tweaked WiFi icon

    ---GM Candidate 1.0/ Public Beta 4---

    Released: September 30th, 2014

  • Mouse/Trackpad videos updated with Yosemite UI
  • Redesigned volume, display brightness and keyboard backlight HUD Photo
  • New iWork icons previewed in Trackpad video
  • Bash Shellshock issue addressed
  • SMS Continuity Returns

    ---GM Candidate 2.0/ Public Beta 5---

    Released: October 7th, 2014

  • Bug fixes and enhanced performance

    ---GM Candidate 3.0/Public Beta 6---

    Released: October 9th, 2014

    Released: October 13th, 2014 (As Public Beta 6)

  • Bug fixes


Most findings of little things were from the wonderful users in this thread. Keep updating us on what you find. Thank you~ :D
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macrumors 68030
Jul 13, 2007
The site/store have seen no updates. The hope for new hardware along with these announcements is very slim.... =(


macrumors 6502
Jul 12, 2012
New York, NY
I wonder what will work and what won't work. I'm only downloading the DP if Photoshop works with Wacom tablet and if Skype works


macrumors 603
Aug 6, 2007
I wonder what will work and what won't work. I'm only downloading the DP if Photoshop works with Wacom tablet and if Skype works

The million dollar question is what will work and what won't to beta drive this thing. Scary territory sometimes.


macrumors 65816
Apr 3, 2010
Heart of the midwest
I just want to know if my Mac's are still supported. Since they didn't say any specific requirements like they did with iOS 8 (no iPhone 4). I'll assume it's the same as Mavericks.

In which case, our Mid 2007 iMac is still in the game :cool:
The thing shipped with Tiger!


macrumors 6502
Oct 1, 2007
Well, there doesn't seem to be a fullscreen button at the top-right of windows anymore.


macrumors 603
Aug 6, 2007
Well I hope without breaking any nda's we can get an idea here from some early testers how much 3rd party stuff breaks on this early beta.


macrumors 604
Sep 19, 2003
Very curious to see if "metal" improvements will affect MacOS X also.

I was wondering the same thing. I feel like they would've mentioned it during the keynote. It's too bad, it's on OS X where I would like to see improved 3D performance.
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