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OS X 10.10 Yosemite


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This looks to be a pretty nice OS X update.

The features that got most interested relate to Handoff. iOS and OS X will become self-aware in that they'll know when your devices are in proximity. For example, when working on an email on iOS, you'll be able to easily switch to OS X and finish it. Also hotspot activation will be easier. Plus iMessage on Mac will now support regular text messages via an iPhone. The craziest feature, however, is interaction with voice calls. Now when a call comes in you'll get caller ID notification on the Mac and you can actually answer it on your Mac. Essentiality your Mac turns into a speaker phone to receive and initiate calls, even though the iPhone may be in another room.

Another key features is AirDrop finally will work between iOS and OS X devices. I don't doubt the technological accomplishment, but as a feature checkbox that's been obvious since it was originally announced.

Some other things that seemed neat...

MailDrop is a feature for OS X mail that will allow attachments of 5 GB. This runs through iCloud and appears as a regular attachment in Mail. If you're not using Mail, it will show up as a link.

Also Apple gave Spotlight a lot of attention. Biggest thing I liked was built-in Internet features. You can search the Internet right from Spotlight (Bing was featured, but not Google). Also the search entry now centers on the screen. Makes it seem more of a personal assistant.

Notification Center gains widgets. I like the concept of Notification Center as a central hub for controlling notifications, but I never use it. Frankly it most annoys me through OS/App updates that can't easily be dismissed. I can only defer it until later or tomorrow, which is a horrible user experience. The new widgets seem to add new functionality.

There was also a lot of emphasis on transparency. The new UI will allow you to see the desktop picture through some windows and such. Seems like the UI will try to take on a personality of your desktop wallpaper. I actually use a black tile because I find wallpapers distracting, so not sure what that says about me...

iCloud storage seems to be finally be growing up. iCloud Drive will allow better data storage and access across iOS, OS X and even Windows.

Anyway some cool new stuff. Yosemite is available now as a public beta and is expected to ship in the fall. Check out Apple's site for any additional details.




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