OS X Yosemite Released
[dropcaps style=’2′]Apple has released OS X Yosemite the new version of its operating system. On a graphical level, it is very similar to the recently released iOS 8, driving the point on their quest to keep the two systems in unity. OS X Yosemite is free from the App Store for compatible Macs.[/dropcaps]
Apple’s OS X 10.10 is armed with a new “flat” user interface that provides the applications with more content real estate. The notification bar is no longer limited . It also Widgets can be accommodated which are downloaded as apps from Apple’s App Store. So the user can check the news, weather, stock quotes, and the like.
The Spotlight search is centred in the middle of the screen. That may seem excessive at first glance, but the search was also expanded. Not only will it search its own Dictionary, Files and Folders – it will search Wikipedia and iTunes, Calendars and e-mails.
On iOS 8 we were introduced to iCloud Drive and now it hold a crucial part in Yosemite. It synchronizes the contents on both Apple and Windows OS machines that a user might have… however a Linux version does not exist.
Chrome and Firefox are set to be outpaced by the all new Safari. Oddly, the new Safari improved its energy efficiency and can outlast other browsers by 3 hours during streaming if compared to each on the same machine. WebGL, SPDY and other protocols are now given support in the new Safari.
The e-mail application has been given a boost above its competitors too, large attachments with mail drop encrypted in iCloud allow bigger ammounts of data to be emailed and retrieved. The recipient will receive a link to download the attachment that can be 5 GB per email.
One of our favourite features is Hand Off. It enables the user with compatible applications on an iDevice to start editing, lets say, an e-mail, continue on the MacBook or iMac and vice versa and even then also switch back. With AirDrop, data between Mac OS and iOS can be exchanged, and of course be projected to Apple TV via Wi-Fi.
Also something we really love, the new messaging app which receives the incoming non-iMessage SMS sent to your iPhone or iPad. You can receive texts and respond, and now even connect calls from your iPhone to the Mac. This allows you to remain on the computer talking to the other party. You can make calls too.
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite is available as a free update on the App Store.
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