October 17, 2014 Leave a comment
On Thursday October 16th Apple announced their new operating system: OS X Yosemite. So far, Yosemite has been getting good press from reviewers. Yosemite is the successor to Mavericks, and is being toted the biggest Apple upgrade since OS X Lion, which launched in July of 2011.
The first thing you’ll notice about Yosemite is that it has a sleek new look that sets it apart from Mavericks right away. Safari has had a redesign to match the snazzy-looking new OS. It also has improved functionality, my favorite being that third party developers can now create plugins that allow users to share web pages on social media websites with a few simple clicks, directly from the browser!
One of Apple’s goals was to make connecting all of your Apple devices incredibly easy. Now, once you have both an iPhone and a Mac running iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite respectively on the same Apple account, you can make phone calls on your computer as if it were your iPhone—your iPhone doesn’t even need to be in the same room as you! This is also true for text messages, regardless of the carrier of the person you are texting.
Handoff is another new feature that allows you to easily move documents from one device to another. Apple is hailing the seamlessness of the transition users will experience, and boasts that it works on many Mac apps, including Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, and the Mac equivalents to the Microsoft Office Suite including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Apple has also insinuated that app developers could easily make their apps compatible with Handoff.
While Handoff only works on files you were recently working on, Apple also expanded AirDrop to cover their bases. Now, AirDrop allows users to take files from any of their Mac or iOS devices and conveniently send them to another nearby device. Users on the receiving end will receive a status update.
Overall, OS X Yosemite appears to be an overall improvement of OS X Mavericks. The overhauled appearance and the increased ability to link devices and provide a seamless experience across all Apple devices make this update very attractive if you have more than one Apple product. And because it’s free, there is no risk in trying it out—which I highly recommend.