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
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.