OS X Yosemite’s key fea­tures

Mac Format - - WWDC 2014 -

A year af­ter iOS be­came all glass and translu­cence, OS X is set to fol­low in OS X 10.10, with win­dows that show colour from un­der­neath, el­e­ments such as the taskbar stream­lined, and a new sys­tem font – as well as new, big­ger fea­tures. It should run on ev­ery­thing OS X 10.9 does, and will be free.

Con­ti­nu­ity

Ap­ple wants to make your Mac and iOS de­vice work seam­lessly to­gether. Phone calls and texts can now be made or re­ceived on your Mac, and Air­Drop works be­tween Mac and iOS. Plus, there’s a killer fea­ture called Hand­off, which lets you start tasks on, say, your iPad, stop half­way through, and pick up ex­actly where you were on your Mac (or vice versa).

Im­proved apps

Mail now an­no­tates im­ages from within a mes­sage, and can send files up to 5GB as down­load links in­stead of at­tach­ments. Sa­fari of­fers new op­tions for search­ing, and new or­gan­i­sa­tion views (es­pe­cially good for tabs). And Mes­sages sup­ports reg­u­lar text mes­sages, as well as the new au­dio and group op­tions from iOS.

iCloud Drive

Ap­ple is mak­ing iCloud ap­pear more like other cloud sync­ing apps now, mak­ing its files avail­able to view eas­ily on your Mac. They’ll be or­gan­ised by app, so you can find them eas­ily, and on your Mac you’ll be able to browse both Mac app files and iOS app files. You’ll also be able to buy more stor­age for cheaper than be­fore.

No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter

The death of Dash­board? No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter will be more use­ful in Yosemite, with the ad­di­tion of wid­gets, so you can see in­for­ma­tion or ac­cess some func­tion­al­ity on the side of the screen with just a ges­ture. There’s also a new To­day view, with all your ap­point­ments and re­minders in one place.

Spot­light

Spot­light is one of our favourite Mac tools, but it’s lacked in im­prove­ments for a while. How­ever, Yosemite will make it much smarter. As well as search­ing files, it can search the web, or bring in info such as movie times or maps to places.

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