At Apple’s Annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference this June, no new hardware was unveiled as part of company’s strategy to focus on software. Still, they managed to wow all coders, developers and the common users when Cook & Co. unveiled the new Mac OS X Yosemite. Yes, Yosemite, named after the very beautiful and breathtaking Yosemite National Park.
The keywords at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference were “Continuity” and “Extensibility”. This means bringing all the Apple devices close together for a completely smooth experience. Yosemite will synchronize with the iOS mobile system through AirDrop file sharing, iMessage messaging, and the ability to make and take phone calls.
Yosemite also features a brand new look with a new typography, flatter icons, and translucent title bars as in Safari on iOS 7, the OS X has been completely revamped. The use of translucency is used throughout to emphasize content. The presence of app widgets in a slide-in panel draws resemblance to Windows Sidebar. Notification Center provides an at-a-glance Today view, just like iOS 7 does, and there’s a second list of app notifications and other key information.
Everything from Spotlight to the Mail app has been improved significantly in terms of functionality and usability. The Mail Drop feature prevents your email attachments from getting dropped in case they are of very big size. Safari now features significantly faster web app performance and has been redesigned with the interface being condensed to a single bar. While there were rumors of Siri integration in Yosemite, they all proved to be false. And perhaps there’s no need for such a feature in a laptop when one can easily type things out using the keyboard.
Though Yosemite is in the Beta testing stage with only the developers getting to use and test it, regular users can register themselves into the public beta program and test the OS out. This is the first time there has been a public beta of OS X since the first version back in 2000. An application within the OS allows for easy reporting of bugs. The users will get regular updates and will automatically get the official final release when it’s out this fall. Interestingly, like its predecessor Maverick, Yosemite is going to be free.