Meet OS X Yosemite

Your Mac’s OS just had a makeover, but there’s much more to Yosemite than just a new look. Join us for more than 50 ter­rific tips

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Anew ver­sion of OS X has be­come an an­nual event and is awaited almost as ea­gerly as a new iMac or Mac­Book Pro. And now that it’s free, there’s lit­tle rea­son (sys­tem re­quire­ments per­mit­ting) why you shouldn’t up­grade.

Yosemite is a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade – in terms of the way it makes your Mac look, as well as the way it makes it be­have. But changes to the user in­ter­face are only the tip of the ice­berg. Per­haps most sig­nif­i­cant is the way Yosemite and iOS 8.1 pull the Mac and Ap­ple’s mo­bile de­vices even closer to­gether. If you’re happy to live in Ap­ple’s uni­verse, you’ll wel­come the way your Mac, iPhone, and iPad can now work to­gether. If you’re not, you can still opt out, but you lose out on many ben­e­fits of the new OS.

It’s not just OS X and iOS that Yosemite pulls closer to­gether – it also sup­ports Fam­ily Shar­ing, the fea­ture of iCloud that al­lows mem­bers of the same house­hold to share apps and me­dia bought with dif­fer­ent Ap­ple IDs on all de­vices.

Else­where, Spot­light has been given a much­needed over­haul, and No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter gets a To­day View, com­plete with support for third­party ex­ten­sions. iCloud Drive also de­buts in Yosemite. This means for the first time since iDisk, you can now mount an Ap­ple-hosted vol­ume in the Finder and drag and drop files to it.

Over the next few pages we’ll give you all the de­tails on Yosemite and show you some of the best hid­den tips and tricks to help you squeeze as much out of it as you pos­si­bly can.

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