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Apple's PC operating system gets an iOS 7-style makeover

OS X is Apple’s premiere desktop operating system, and it’s getting a big update with OS X 10.10 “Yosemite”. The “flat” user interface that was first introduced with iOS 7 has been deftly transferred to OS X. So for people that weren’t too keen on Apple’s design direction with iOS 7 likely won’t be too impressed with the vibrant colors, flat icons, and translucency of Yosemite.

 
A lot of this translucency and use of bold colors has been seen on past and present desktop operating systems from Microsoft. However, for those that don’t want all the colorful bits in Yosemite, Apple is also providing a “Dark Mode” which gives user a more familiar, traditional OS X look.

 
OS X Yosemite 

The Notification Center in Yosemite has added a “Today View” which is similar in concept to what’s available on iOS 7. Users can download widgets from the App Store to further customize the Today View in OS X.

iCloud Drive is an extension of the existing iCloud service, and allows you to have functionality similar to Drop Box or Google Drive. This means that you can easily share and access documents from within Finder across Macs (and even iOS devices). Apple will also provide an iCloud Drive app for Windows users, which is a pleasant surprise.


iCloud/iCloud Drive within Finder

The biggest chance to the Mail app is a new MailDrop feature. Many of us have run into a situation where we send an email with an attachment that is too large for the recipient. This means that the message gets bounced back to us, and never reaches the recipient. With MailDrop, large attachments (up to 5GB in size) will be automatically routed through iCloud, and then rejoined with the original message on when the receiver opens the message (that’s if both users are in the Apple ecosystem). If the recipient isn’t an Apple user, the attachment will be made available via downloadable link — automatically.

Safari in Yosemite
 
In building on the idea of "Continuity" between iOS and OS X, Airdrop finally works between iOS devices and Macs. Continuing on with that, you can continue work started on your Mac to your iPad/iPhone and vice versa. For example, you could be typing an email message on your iPhone, walk up to your Mac, and then pickup up right where you left off. Likewise, you could be working on an iWorks documents on your Mac, then move over to your iPad and pickup right where you left off.

iPhone call handoff, Caller ID, and speakerphone  on your Mac

Your iPhone will now act as relay to send SMS messages to all of your devices (instead of just iCloud messages). It will also allow your Mac to accept calls from your iPhone, even showing you caller ID information on your screen. Your Mac then works as a speakerphone allowing you to talk with the incoming caller. This works even if your phone is in another room in your house (or office).


Send/receive SMS text messages from within OS X

Apple is opening up a OS X Yosemite public beta this summer, so anyone that wants to test the operating system will have the chance to do so.

Source: Apple





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Wow!!!
By amanojaku on 6/2/2014 2:02:44 PM , Rating: 2
1) Redesigned icons and color schemes
2) Updated notifications
3) File sharing
4) A bug fix
5) Pairing the phone with the computer

I really admire Apple. I don't think there's another company in the world that can produce nothing and still call it an OS release. This is even less than what was in the last release! MailDrop is the only radical feature here (never mind the idiocy of emailing someone 5GB attachments in general).




RE: Wow!!!
By tayb on 6/2/2014 2:13:45 PM , Rating: 5
Would you rather them remove functionality and force you into a bad UI? This is an iterative update and it's $0. The new features are useful but not ground breaking, but again it's a free update.


RE: Wow!!!
By amanojaku on 6/2/14, Rating: -1
RE: Wow!!!
By tayb on 6/2/2014 4:41:10 PM , Rating: 5
How about the start menu? Or is that in the unimportant "interface" category?

This is a free update. Plenty of cool and useful features. What you are complaining about? You don't even have a Mac anyway, I guarantee it.


RE: Wow!!!
By amanojaku on 6/2/2014 5:22:50 PM , Rating: 3
That's it. I'm writing LeVar Burton to officially request "Reading Rainbow for Adults". Because you do not understand simple sentences.
quote:
Other than the interface, what critical, or even useful, features were removed from Windows 8?
Acknowledgement of the importance of the interface.

And I wasn't complaining - I was mocking.
/whoosh


RE: Wow!!!
By BRB29 on 6/3/2014 8:07:38 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I really admire Apple. I don't think there's another company in the world that can produce nothing and still call it an OS release. This is even less than what was in the last release! MailDrop is the only radical feature here (never mind the idiocy of emailing someone 5GB attachments in general).


quote:
And I wasn't complaining - I was mocking.


What's the point of mocking something that's free to all Apple users? Even if it's just a GUI refresh to make things flow better, I'd welcome it.

Android devices are ridiculously fragmented partly because of their limited update path.

Important updates for iOS and OSX:
Mail
Safari(2 hours longer use)
Metal API
iCloud being more like GDrive in practicality
GPU acceleration for more software
AirDrop is actually useful now
HandOff feature is useful if you have multiple devices
HealthKit
Camera features/quick photo editing software

I would say that's a pretty long list of improvements that are significant to many people. I welcome these changes because it's FREE. Even to iPhone 4 users, it's FREE for all features that the hardware can support. Can't say the same for Windows or Android.


RE: Wow!!!
By damianrobertjones on 6/2/2014 4:15:52 PM , Rating: 2
Is it FREE for everyone... The last versions were NOT free for everyone?


RE: Wow!!!
By Scannall on 6/4/2014 7:16:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yes. The last version of OS X was free as well. The version before that was $20. I think the one before that was $40? I'm not sure about that one though.

The idea is to get as many people on the current version as possible, so that there is consistency for developers. If something is free, they are more likely to upgrade. Have a look at all the PC's still on XP or Vista.


RE: Wow!!!
By Outofbubblegum on 6/4/2014 1:24:46 PM , Rating: 2
Well, really, it's not a fair comparison. Windows PC can be created by users from parts. Mac's ALL came from Apple. In other words, Apple made money selling the hardware and software together. Microsoft had no guarantee. As a PC/Mac user, I don't feel the need to give Apple money for an O/S for a Mac I brought off of Craigslist for upgrades/re-installs.


RE: Wow!!!
By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 2:18:37 PM , Rating: 4
In Apple's defense, look at Win8.

MS spend time and effort and countless man-hours on Windows 8 and broke the UI, pissing off it's customers and causing a hell of a stink.

Advantage Apple on this one, sorry. I am glad MS is fixing it in Win 8.2, but still, that is 2 years of shite.


RE: Wow!!!
By FITCamaro on 6/2/2014 2:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair, the touch UI is great. The problem was that not everyone had a touch PC. They didn't break the UI so much as they replaced the traditional one and then didn't provide it anymore for everyone who still needed it.

I love Windows 8(.1) on a touch device. Just on my desktop with a keyboard and mouse it is lacking. But they seem to be dedicated to fixing it. I'm holding off on upgrading to Windows 8 only because Windows 9 is coming and I'm not paying $130 now and another $130 in less than a year.


RE: Wow!!!
By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 2:41:28 PM , Rating: 2
"To be fair...... They didn't break the UI so much as they replaced the traditional one and then didn't provide it anymore for everyone who still needed it "

Yes, that is fair. On the same note, Apple has been making IOS and OSX closer and closer and haspublicly stated they intend to keep going, but note: They didn't break OSX's UI in the process. That is all I meant.

2 interfaces (kb/mouse vs. touchscreen) require 2 UI's period. Advantage Apple on that realization.


RE: Wow!!!
By TheSlamma on 6/5/2014 8:24:03 AM , Rating: 2
And here is why that is a long term failure. Many home and business users are moving into the 23'+ realm, all sitting barely within arms reach of a computer, also 8 hours of touch screen will come with some serious ergonomic issues. It's time to table the 1 interface for every device and acknowledge that many PC users will NEVER want a touch interface, it has not shown to be superior to a mouse in CAD, graphics, and games so those groups will never adopt it.

We have allowed Hollywood to convince us that touch is more futuristic but in reality it's a gimmick when it comes to desktops.


RE: Wow!!!
By Flunk on 6/2/2014 2:25:58 PM , Rating: 3
When you release a new version every year none of the releases will be revolutionary. Plus the update is free anyway.


RE: Wow!!!
By amanojaku on 6/2/2014 2:44:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not arguing the cost, I'm arguing the point of calling it an OS release. It's not a release, it's an update. And Apple has gotten into the habit of releasing updates, so there's very little that's changed in OS X since its release back in 2001. Hell, for all that MS got wrong with Windows 8, it has more improvements since Windows 7 than OS X has had since 10.5 to today!


RE: Wow!!!
By Apone on 6/2/14, Rating: -1
RE: Wow!!!
By aurareturn on 6/2/2014 2:45:36 PM , Rating: 2
It's free. It's not an upgrade like XP to Vista.


RE: Wow!!!
By web2dot0 on 6/2/2014 2:46:11 PM , Rating: 3
I don't understand you logic.

If they produce nothing, then why isn't Win8.1 integrating their phone seamlessly with Windows Phone 8?

It's free, so if you don't like it, don't upgrade. Wait for the next release.

I failed to see your point.

What is so great about Win8.1?

OSX10.9 , 10.10 ... it's just a number. You seem so stuck on semantics.


RE: Wow!!!
By amanojaku on 6/2/2014 4:31:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If they produce nothing, then why isn't Win8.1 integrating their phone seamlessly with Windows Phone 8?
This feature does not make an OS a new release. Memory management, CPU usage, video performance, disk consumption, security enhancements, API changes... Those are the things that makes an OS release. Apple adds apps to the OS, that's not a release.
quote:
It's free, so if you don't like it, don't upgrade. Wait for the next release.
I don't use Apple any more, so I won't. The OS is crap and the hardware is bland to look at. Aluminum is the new beige box. Anyway, if you have a Mac you HAVE to upgrade, otherwise you won't be able to use the NEXT update. Updates are cumulative, after all.

Or do like many Apple fans do, and buy a whole new system, since the updates probably won't support your three-year-old Mac...
quote:
What is so great about Win8.1?
Nothing, but MS didn't market it as something it's not (i.e. a major relase). It's an update, not a release, and it is free if you have Windows 8.

If you didn't like Windows 8, you could have stuck with 7. Windows 7 is still being updated for free.
quote:
OSX10.9 , 10.10 ... it's just a number. You seem so stuck on semantics.
Maybe, but I just think it's funny that Apple can make nothing, have a conference about it, and people think it's newsworthy. OS X today is very much the same as OS X from 2001. The major difference is that it's x86 instead of PowerPC. Someone at Apple got smart and realized it had to give these "major releases" away since they aren't worth they cost of a full OS.

Please review software versioning:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_versioning


RE: Wow!!!
By tayb on 6/2/2014 4:46:16 PM , Rating: 1
It seems like your entire argument boils down to the fact that Microsoft sucks at marketing and Apple does not.

Windows 8.1 should have been marketed as Windows 9. Windows 9 should be marketed as Windows X. Just because Microsoft makes their annual OS updates dull and boring doesn't mean Apple should do the same. This is called marketing.

Apple is obviously doing a great job because here we are talking about their latest OS. Why this annoys you is beyond my comprehension.


RE: Wow!!!
By Brandon Hill on 6/2/2014 6:15:28 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Or do like many Apple fans do, and buy a whole new system, since the updates probably won't support your three-year-old Mac...


Supported hardware for Yosemite:

iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)


RE: Wow!!!
By stm1185 on 6/2/2014 6:41:33 PM , Rating: 2
Hey anyone know if you can move the window controls to the right? I have never understood why Apple places them on the left when the majority of the population is right handed.


RE: Wow!!!
By StormyKnight on 6/3/2014 1:53:15 AM , Rating: 2
Stop! My sarcasm meter can only handle so much...


Ooooh burn....
By stm1185 on 6/2/2014 1:54:48 PM , Rating: 2
Best part of today's Apple event:
"They bought an Android phone by mistake and sought a better experience... and a better life"

iOSX7 does look kind of interesting though.




RE: Ooooh burn....
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/2/2014 2:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Best part of today's Apple event: "They bought an Android phone by mistake and sought a better experience... and a better life"
Sounded douchey to me. But wait, it is Apple. Master Douche.


RE: Ooooh burn....
By JackBurton on 6/2/2014 5:28:52 PM , Rating: 3
Thought that was great. :)


RE: Ooooh burn....
By elleehswon on 6/3/2014 12:53:43 PM , Rating: 2
actually, apple's ui doesn't even touch a vanilla kitkat(or jellybean) user experience...even without all your catching up(updates)


RE: Ooooh burn....
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/3/2014 2:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
Of course you would, you're a tool.


Weeps...
By AdamAnon on 6/2/2014 7:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
Gaudy colors, flatness, thin fonts... /weeps...




Steve Meets Yosemite Sam...
By allison.lee22 on 6/2/2014 11:39:57 PM , Rating: 2
Well that didn't long
By hiscross on 6/2/14, Rating: -1
RE: Well that didn't long
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/2/14, Rating: 0
RE: Well that didn't long
By hiscross on 6/2/14, Rating: -1
RE: Well that didn't long
By inighthawki on 6/2/2014 4:25:19 PM , Rating: 2
Cool story bro. I'm glad to hear you have money, but that doesn't make you any more important than anyone else. Life lesson for you to learn.


RE: Well that didn't long
By hiscross on 6/2/14, Rating: -1
RE: Well that didn't long
By inighthawki on 6/2/2014 4:56:22 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, so because I think you sound like a d*uchebag for bragging about your money (implying that makes you important... lol), that must mean I voted for Obama. Oh and I guess you think I'm poor too just because I think it's in extremely poor character to brag about wealth to imply self importance?

I never made any kind of assumption about how you made your money. I applaud you on your ability to make something of yourself, just don't let it get to your head that it makes you more important than everyone else around you. A common delusion amongst the rich and powerful.

Get over yourself.


RE: Well that didn't long
By tayb on 6/2/2014 4:58:14 PM , Rating: 5
This is the first time I've ever seen someone brag about owning a Honda NSX on the internet.

Are you trying to impress people with this?


RE: Well that didn't long
By StormyKnight on 6/3/2014 2:17:03 AM , Rating: 2
Bwahahahahahahah! I know, right?


RE: Well that didn't long
By elleehswon on 6/4/2014 10:23:02 AM , Rating: 1
what kind of mileage does your internet car get?


RE: Well that didn't long
By themaster08 on 6/2/2014 4:38:21 PM , Rating: 5
What does that have to do with anything? Furthermore, no one cares.

All you're doing is showing your personality is represented through the things that you own, not the person that you are.

Typical Apple consumer.


RE: Well that didn't long
By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 4:48:06 PM , Rating: 2
What is even funnier is that this guy is a total obnoxious evangelical. Constantly throwing his religion in other people's faces as if he thinks he is somehow superior because of it. The funny thing is he so unlike what he preaches. WWJBT Who would Jesus brag to?

This is so true...

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

? Gandhi


RE: Well that didn't long
By BRB29 on 6/3/2014 8:13:54 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Typical Apple consumer.s


Please don't stereotype ignorance. A very large % of US users are Apple users, he's one of the loud ones but he doesn't represent the millions of others.

If you look on this site alone, there's plenty of loud Android and Windows users.


RE: Well that didn't long
By retrospooty on 6/2/14, Rating: 0
RE: Well that didn't long
By retrospooty on 6/2/14, Rating: 0
RE: Well that didn't long
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/3/2014 8:17:20 AM , Rating: 1
Good for you?


RE: Well that didn't long
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/3/14, Rating: 0
RE: Well that didn't long
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/3/2014 7:49:36 PM , Rating: 2
Seems the butt-hurt patrol is out in force today.


RE: Well that didn't long
By Wulf145 on 6/4/2014 4:54:51 AM , Rating: 1
OK, so you have a penchant for pseudo sports cars and are oblivious of Banking Services - but how does that make you an 'important' Person?

Is the the Definition of an 'important' Person where you live, if so I truly apologise?


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