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All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" | 4.83 GB

Apple took the wraps off of OS X at the WorldWide Developer's Conference today, dubbed "Yosemite." It'll feature a new interface with elements of iOS 7's "flat" design and color scheme, new interface, updates to iCloud and Mail, features to sync iOS and OS X devices, and more.

An Updated, Flat, Translucent Interface

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Yosemite is full of cosmetic changes. The dock, system-wide typeface, native OS X app icons, ShiChuang, and more all borrow from iOS 7's flat design. ShiChuang are either white or shaded black, and semi-translucent. If you liked iOS 7's approach to flat visual design, you'll like what you see in Yosemite.

A More Informative Notification Center

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

The new Notification Center also borrows from the iOS 7 notifications drop down, with a translucent black look with notifications organized over the top. You can also switch to an agenda-like day view, which shows you your appointments and reminders for the day. You can even extend notifications center out an extra bar, so you can see both your agenda and your notifications at the same time. Notifications Center also now supports widgets that bring additional information into the sidebar.

An Improved, Application-Launching Spotlight

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Spotlight is both a search tool and an application and document launcher now. A key command brings up a large search bar in the center of the screen you can use to navigate to files, open documents in preview, and launch applications quickly, without taking your hands off the keyboard.

A Cross-Platform Dropbox-Like iCloud Drive

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

iCloud Drive is a new feature in Yosemite that syncs documents, music, files, and other app data across OS X, iOS, and ShiChuang. Sound familiar? It works a lot like Dropbox, and Apple is clearly trying to get more people to use iCloud the way most of us use Dropbox now. Each app you use with iCloud Drive can sync and save information like open tabs and documents so you can pick up where you left off on another device.

A Faster, iCloud-Powered Mail

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Mail in Yosemite borrows from the new user interface and offers speed improvements on the previous version, but also introduces, a new service that automatically encrypts your message attachments, stores them in iCloud (up to 5GB), and adds a link to your outgoing message so your recipient can download them. Other Mail users will see those attachments in-line as normal, but users using webmail or other clients will get a link to download the attachment to their computer. Mail's new Markup feature allows you to annotate images and documents and do light editing before you send an image or attachment to someone else.

A Faster, Streamlined Safari

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

has picked up a redesign as well, along with some speed improvements, specifically in javascript rendering. The interface trims the browser down to a single toolbar that shows you your favorites as soon as you click the URL field. The URL field doubles as a search bar, which shows you instant preview results as soon as you start typing. The browser also now features an all-tabs view and new sharing features that link to your social media accounts and automatically pull in shared links from your friends, and let you share web sites with a single click. Safari's private mode has been improved as well, so you can have private ShiChuang open without disturbing other active sessions.

Continuity Makes Your Work, Text Messages, and Phone Calls Available on All Devices

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Apple also introduced a number of features and updates to old services that make it easier to work across multiple devices, share documents and data across devices, and work on your Mac, for example, then stop and pick up on your iPad or iPhone. For example, Airdrop now works between iOS and OS X.

Handoff is a new feature in Yosemite (and iOS) that prompts you to pick up your work on your iPhone or iPad, whether you're composing an email message or editing a document.

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Instant Hotspot is a new feature that allows you to share your iPhone's internet connection easily with your Mac?as soon as your device is in range, your phone will appear in the Wi-Fi menu and let you connect directly to it and share its internet connection (assuming your carrier doesn't mind you tethering, of course, and as long as you don't run out of your monthly data allowance, that is.)

All the New Stuff in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

iMessage now supports syncing SMS messages from other mobile OSes across all of your devices, and as long as your phone is in range, it'll sync and can read all of your text messages on your Mac as well as on your phone and tablet. Similarly, thew new iMessage will show you incoming calls on your Mac, act as a caller ID so you can decide whether you want to answer. If you do answer, you can take the call right on your Mac, and use it as a speakerphone that routes your call back through to your phone. The same works for outgoing calls as well?you can select a phone number in Safari on your Mac, and select "call on iPhone" and place the call on your Mac or pick it up on your phone.

The Price: Free for All Users

According to the developer preview, here are the system requirements for Yosemite:

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview System Requirements:

iMac (mid-2007 or newer)

MacBook Air (late 2008 or newer)

MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)

Mac Mini (Early 2009 or newer)

MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)

Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

Xserve (Early 2009)
If your Mac is older than that, looks like you may not be able to use this update.

OS X v10.10 System Requirements ? Which Macs Support Yosemite

?Before You Download OS X Yosemite from the Mac App Store, ensure you are using a 64-bit, Intel-based Mac running either Mac OS X v10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later,? Apple says.

Testers must have at least 8GB of free disk space to install OS X v10.10 and those looking to develop applications in Yosemite will be required to download Xcode 6 beta. However, considering how many known issues are still present in OS X 10.10, application development is ill-advised.

The company outlines the hardware requirements as well. According to the documentation, ?The OS X v10.10 Developer Preview supports the following Macs: iMac (Mid 2007 or newer), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer), MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer), Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer), MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer), Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer), Xserve (Early 2009).?

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