Apple announced a new version of OS X at WWDC on June 2nd called OS X Yosemite. OS X Yosemite brings several new features as well as loads of enhancements. The most noticeable of these enhancements is the new UI design from none other than Jony Ive. This new UI is very iOS inspired with it’s flat design. I think this new UI is very nice looking. It comes off as being sleek with an elegant feel. It even has a dark theme as an option now so it can be less distracting while you use your Mac.
There are several other new additions to OS X Yosemite. The one I am most excited for is Continuity. Apple claims that Continuity in OS X Yosemite, “make your Mac and iOS device perfect companions.” With Continuity you can make calls, and even text directly from your Mac. This is a really huge feature that others don’t currently have. Another Continuity feature is called Handoff. Handoff allows a user to begin working on a document using their Mac for example, and seamlessly pickup where they left off on their iOS device and vice versa. Continuity really helps unify the experience between devices.
Another and in my opinion overdue feature Apple is bringing into reality is iCloud Drive. iCloud Drive allows you to store any file you want in the cloud. Apple provides 5GB for free, and larger storage tiers for fairly reasonable prices. I think this is pretty neat since it’s built right into Finder. iCloud Drive will work on OS X, iOS, and Windows.
The other enhancements involve the Notification Center. Widgets can now be added to the Notification Center. Widgets include Weather, Calculator, Stocks, Reminders, World Clock, and social networks. Apple says you can download additional widgets from the Mac App Store. I really like that Apple placed the widgets in the Notification Center, as it’ll allow for quick and easy access to them.
Safari has also been improved in OS X Yosemite. Safari 8 which will be included with OS X Yosemite, will include the HTML5 Premium Video Extensions to allow you to stream Netflix at 1080p using HTML5. Apple also claims that Safari 8 will be much faster then it’s counterparts. As long as everything works well as Apple says it does, then I think this is a big deal.
The last feature I’d like to discuss is Mail Drop. Mail Drop allows you to attach files up to 5GB in size using the Mail app, and send them like you would any other email with an attachment. You can send these emails with such attachments to anyone regardless of their email provider. This is a very nice convenience feature. I’ve had a few emails fail to deliver before due to the size of the attachments. This will solve that problem for most people.
In my opinion, OS X is already one of the best operating systems available for the desktop/laptop. All these new features and enhancements in OS X Yosemite will only make this more true. Apple really seems to put it’s consumers first and really seems to listen to what they want. No other operating system in my opinion offers this much convenience and user friendliness.
Overall, OS X Yosemite is shaping up to be a very solid release. The OS X Yosemite Public Beta will be available this summer. OS X Yosemite will officially launch this fall and will be available as a free upgrade.