In Apple’s biggest update in years, Yosemite, the new operating system for Mac, is finally unveiled. Users will instantly see a familiar difference once they log in. Fans have been waiting for this update since last years Mavericks update, which was mostly an internal overhaul.
The first thing users will notice is the look. The icons have been flattened out and it appears more clean. The look resembles iOS 7, Apple’s update last year that changed the look and feel of their mobile operating system. The icons look like iOS apps. Native apps work seamlessly across all devices, an iMessage or email started on an iPhone or iPad can be picked up where left off and finished on a Mac.
With iMessage, Apples messenger service, which sends messages to other iOS users, standard mobile messages can now be sent and received. Standard messages coming into the phone will be pushed to a Mac. All devices have to be on the same wi-fi network to work properly. The same applies to phone calls received on an iPhone. If devices are on the same wi-fi network the calls will be pushed to a Mac. When Apple released the latest update for iOS it included this option for iPads. This is not a call forwarding option as all devices on the same wi-fi network will ring.
The notification center got minor updates. There is now a “Today” view, which is similar to the iOS version. There are widgets, like calculator, calendar and weather to name a few. The social widget allows users to connect to social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. This works in the same way it has with a notification popping up in the right hand corner of the screen.
With Yosemite, Apple has also unveiled a new cloud service called iCloud Drive. The company has allowed users to store documents in the cloud in the past in what was called iCloud document storage. iCloud Drive puts all documents on all devices in one centralized location, making it more user friendly on a Mac.
Spotlight has been moved to the center of the screen and is much larger then in Mavericks. There is a screen preview which allows users to view the highlighted results. In addition to searching the computer, it now uses maps and the app store to guide in queries. Users can search places like restaurants and can find music in iTunes and even look through the app store.
Several other pleasant updates to Mail, Safari and Calendar have been added as well. Safari stands out as the design has been completely redone. It appears more transparent and flat. A tab button has been added to the top of the window that allows users to find open tabs on other iDevices. Spotlight has also been added to the address bar. The URL address no longer shows up in the bar, only the website name.
Now that Apple has unveiled Mac’s new operating system, Yosemite and iOS feel like a single running unit. iPhone users will see a lot of visual similarities borrowed from iOS. New users will find it easy and comfortable to operate and current users will enjoy the new look and feel.
By Paul Sears