What’s new in OS X 10.10 yosemite

What’s new in OS X 10.10 Yosemite: continuity

Let’s start with the most exciting new feature of OS x 10.10 Yosemite, and that is undeniably what Apple is calling “Continuity”.

Continuity in Yosemite essentially means all of your Apple devices being able to work a lot better together.

What this means in practical terms is that when your iPhone or iPad is located “near” your Mac you can start one task on an iOS device and seamlessly take it over on your Mac, as the devices will automatically know they are in the vicinity of one another. Apple is calling this feature Handoff and works with SMS, MMS and even lets you make calls on your Mac too.

Instant Hotspot is another new Continuity feature that was revealed, and is exactly as its name suggests, the official line is that it “makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network.”

What’s new in OS X 10.10 Yosemite: Notification Centre and Spotlight

A new Notification Centre is also part of the new OS X 10.10. What’s specifically new here is that it offers you “a quick look at everything you need to know with widgets for Calendar, Weather, Stocks, Reminders, World Clock and social networks.” Apple confirmed that you can also download fresh widgets and customise the Notification Centre from the Apple Store.

Spotlight is now also a focal point in Yosemite taking position “front and centre” of the new desktop. Spotlight will also now bring in search results from “Wikipedia, Maps, Bing, App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, top websites, news and movie showtimes”.

What’s new in OS X 10.10 Yosemite: iCloud Drive and Finder

Another “new” feature Apple was pleased as punch with is something it is calling iCloud Drive and has integrated it fully with Finder. Users of Dropbox will be particularly familiar with what this service offers as is essentially cloud storage across multiple devices, including a Windows PC, it is not yet clear if this service will be available to Android, though we suspect it will not.

The iCloud service will be “free within limits”, which means that it should and will cover everyday usage, but if you want to use iCloud for a huge task such as swapping the entire contents of a hard drive to another hard drive, then you will encounter problems as this is obviously an unusual use for the cloud.

What’s new in OS X 10.10 Yosemite: Mail

Apple has also updated its Mail service too, and has integrated iCloud Drive. The new feature lets you send attachments of up to 5GB straight from Mail by uploading the files straight to the iCloud Drive. Recipients who are also using Mail will receive the attachments as they would any normal email, while users of other email clients will be provided with a download link Apple’s iCloud Drive servers.

What’s new in OS X 10.10 Yosemite: Safari

A WWDC event without an update to Apple’s internet browser, Safari, would be unheard of, and 2014 is no different.

New features to Safari include DuckDuckGo mode, which is a search engine that doesn’t track users. Apple claimed to have streamlined the Safari experience too, specifically giving the example that users can use the browser to watch Netflix HD and would be able to watch an extra two-hours of video in Safari 8.0 compared to Safari 7.0.4 on an 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 MacBook Air with 4GB of RAM
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