In the continuation from last year, Apple has switched to a new naming convention where the names of their Mac OSX releases are named after places in California USA. In 2013, Apple released OSX 10.9 (AKA Mavericks) and this year they have announced a new release called OSX Yosemite(AKA OSX 10.10).
So what’s new in this release? Well there is a tonne of new stuff. The first is an all-new look to the main design of OSX. The dock has a more translucent feel to it, so do most of the windows for the apps.
There is a new notification center which is a pretty much enhanced version of the notification center in Mavericks. As shown in the above screenshot, you have an at-a-glance look at all appointments in your calendar, and the weather. By the way, you can also put a calculator in there along with other widgets too.
But the revamp does not stop there, there is also a new version of spotlight in this release. When you launch spotlight to search for something, you will get a big search field in the center of your screen. A useful feature is the unit conversion, which let’s you make conversions of numbers from miles to kilometers(for example) or celsius to fahrenheit which can be useful in a pinch.
There is also a new version of safari that will come as part of OSX Yosemite. The first thing that you will notice is that there is now a unified toolbar for navigating around the web. When you open the address bar, you will also see all of your bookmarks stored there.
Whilst we are on the subject of apps, there are also some changes to the mail app. You have a new feature called markup, which allows you to draw things and point out things by putting an arrow on there. This can be very useful if you need to send a document with your signature on it.
There are some changes as far as the messages app goes. From within the messages app you will be able to record audio messages and send them to other mac users in your contacts. If you have a photo for a contact then it will display it in the sidebar on the left(as shown above).
When looking at your folders and other places you store your files, you will also notice the new finder. The sidebar of Finder is the same as Mavericks. However, there is a new feature called iCloud drive (Apple’s online storage solution). Keeping track of them is easy with iCloud Drive. You can create additional folders within iCloud Drive, and add tags like “School” or “Work” so you know what’s what. Rearrange everything however you want. And see it all organized the same way on your iPhone and iPad, too.
Last but not least, there is a new set of features called continuity. To over simplify things, here are just a few examples. Let’s say you are on your mac, and you have a call coming through on your iPhone. Well, the good news is that you will be able to answer the call on your mac.
Additionally, let’s say you are working on a document on mac and need to step away from the mac. Well, you will be able to tap a button and continue working on said document right where you left it.
So there you have a quick look at some of the killer features in OSX Yosemite. There is more information available from Apple’s website.
A pre-release/developer preview version of OSX Yosemite is available to developers today. As for the rest of us, OSX Yosemite will be released in Autumn of 2014(later this year) and like Mavericks, you will be able to get it for free.
However, if you are really desparate to try the latest, then Apple currently has a beta program that non-developers can sign up to. However, make sure you sign up quickly because there is only enough room for 1 million people to sign up.