Apple took the curtain off Yosemite, the latest update to its Mac operating system, in Apple’s most recent Worldwide Developers Conference.
Since Mavericks, the previous OS X update, Apple has been following a new naming scheme where it will now name OS X updates after places in California. Yosemite is named after Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite is supposed to narrow the margin between the OS X, Apple’s desktop operating system, and the iOS, which is the operating system used on iPhone and iPad by introducing a more seamless experience between the two systems. You can now receive iPhone calls directly on your Mac, and view your open web pages and documents on both devices. Apple also announced the Handoff feature, where you can start writing a report on your Mac and continue it on your iPad as long as both devices are near each other.
Receive iPhone calls right on your Mac
The Handoff feature
Using Yosemite, the user interface has been revamped with a flatter design similar to that of the iOS. Translucency appears with a great degree in the design, tool bars in different applications have been streamlined to improve user experience, and Helvetica Neue is the new default system font, replacing Lucida Grande.
The notification centre was also updated to give a summary of the day’s upcoming events. It allows quick access to important information with widgets like calendar, weather and stocks.
The redesigned notification centre
Spotlight search now appears front and center when you open it and can be used to look up information from multiple sources like Wikipedia, maps, movies, and more. Search results are now more interactive so you can read a document, send an email, or make a phone call by clicking a search result.
The new Spotlight search
Apple announced that Mac OS X Yosemite will be available this fall, and will run on all the Macintosh products compatible with Mavericks.