After months of development, OS X 10.10 Yosemite has tonight been officially launched. OS X users can now head over to Mac App Store and get their hands on Apple’s stunning new Mac operating system. Apple’s productivity suite, iWork, also received an update to bring it up to date with Yosemite’s new design and powerful features. It’s also available now, for free, on OS X and iOS.
In case you’ve been living under a rock all summer, here’s a rundown of Yosemite’s key features. From the beautiful new, iOS 7-inspired design, all the way through to super-charged Spotlight and Notification Centre, here’s what you can expect when you hit the Download button tonight.
New flat design
By far the biggest change to OS X in Yosemite is the design, which uses similar design elements as iOS 7 and iOS 8. The whole interface has been changed and Yosemite is an all-new look, and it does look fantastic.
Translucent app windows mean that your app windows interact with your desktop background, allowing the colour to shine through like Control Center in iOS. Not only that, the app title bars interact with the main content, so in the Maps app you’ll see the land, sea and cities beneath the title bar as you pan around the map.
New typography brings a refreshing clarity to the menubar, and the gorgeous new Dark mode brings a welcome change to the standard interface. The Dock has been flattened and filled with completely redesigned app icons – maybe Jony Ive has been taking a close look at our very own icon project, and who can blame him!
Documents you store inside your apps are now accessible through iCloud Drive inside Finder, so you can organise your documents however you wish and add tags to them, and they’re all synced between OS X and iOS.
Get a call on your iPhone and you can answer it on your Mac – even if your iPhone is charging in another room. See a phone number on a webpage, you can select it and call it. Same goes for browsing – put your iPad down and Safari on your Mac knows exactly what you were looking at, and brings it right up for you.
You can finally send files between Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch using AirDrop. Not only that – you can pick up where you left on devices, instantly. Writing an email on your phone and sit down at your Mac – Mail on Mac picks up your draft message and lets you carry on writing it on your desktop.
There’s a new Today view and you can now add third-party apps to Notification Center to see even more information, reducing the amount of app switching you have to do and truly bringing all your updates together. And as with iOS, you have info displays for Stocks and the time. Even better, widgets have been introduced to Notification Center so that you can bring in things like your Calendar app and Reminders entries.
Spotlight has been powered up to give you conversions, like weights and distances, and also shows you your recent documents in iWork apps. It brings you news from the internet, Wikipedia entries, show times for films at the cinema; it offers maps, iTunes links and more.
To combat issues with emails with large attachments bouncing back, Craig announced Mail Drive. You can now send attachments up to 5GB through Mail Drive. And taking a leaf out of Preview’s book, you can now annotate emails with the Markup feature.