Whilst not a lot has changed from Yosemite (Yo-Sem-Ah-Tea) it is still stunningly immaculate and inspiring. At the keynote, Apple showed off it’s newest member of the OS X family and crowds were amazed. By introducing such simple tweaks, the entire experience of OS X is revolutionised. An outline of the major new features are below:
- Prettier Icons: Yosemite has cleaner and clearer icons along the bottom of a Mac screen, including the apps that usually value function over beauty. “That is a gorgeous trash can,” Federighi said. “You wouldn’t believe how much time we spent crafting a trash can.”
- Larger Interface Field: When a user clicks on the magnifying glass icon located in the top right corner, a Spotlight search bar appears in the middle of the screen.
- Smarter Search Bar: The search bar is intuitive, auto-completing search terms with apps, news items and even maps.
- Expanded AirDrop: AirDrop can now move documents and other items back and forth between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. In addition, Handoff allows users to transfer seamlessly from working on one device to working on another.
- Easily Transferrable Non-iPhone Messages: Whereas text messages sent from other phones used to not show up on Macs, iOS 8 streamlines all messages onto a user’s computer.
- Phone Calls On Macs: Phone calls can now be accepted and made via Mac. Federighi demonstrated this by calling Beats founder and rapper Dr. Dre, whose company was recently purchased by Apple.
- Deeper Spotlight Search: Spotlight now shows up in the center of the screen and gives inline previews as well as pulling in results from sites like Wikipedia, Google, iTunes, etc…
- Transparency: New finder windows with transparency allow for a visually spectacular user experience when using the new interface.
- Dark Mode: Dark mode uses the new transparency layers in Yosemite and allows the user to focus solely on the body of the screen (black themed interface).
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