Looks like the latest operating system for Mac is almost here, and it’s cool as hell. Previewed during the WWDC 2014 keynote, the next major version of OS X is nicknamed, Yosemite and seems to be closer to bridging the desktop with the ease of mobile. OS X Yosemite has will have a new interface, and is designed to integrate with iOS 8. There’s a chance that some changes will be made from now til the OS release since it’s still in beta, but you can still gather an idea from what’s to come.
OS X Yosemite’s desktop receives a face lift, but still feels familiar. Different, but shouldn’t be too jarring. It features a brighter color palette, and a more futuristic look with with its window transparency, and semi transparent sidebar apps.
And if you haven’t noticed, the app icons in the dock are in 2D. The system font has changed as well, making the move from Lucinda Grande to Helvetica Neue.
The Notification Center feature was introduced with OS X Mountain Lion, to keep track of alerts from certain apps and social networks. Mavericks included the ability to respond to messages directly from the Notification Center. With OS X Yosemite, the Center will now feature a “Today” screen, which is basically a scheduler showing appointments, weather conditions, reminders and stock quotes. You can now plug in a calculator, news updates, and other widget plug ins.
With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, iCloud will finally become more legible with a proper file system, and the ability to view files stored in iCloud across devices from anywhere. An AirDrop support between the Mac and iPhone and iPad has been added as well. Finally cutting out the middle man.
Safari has been redesigned as well.
The new design is a bit reminiscent of what you see in Safari for iPad. This version cleans up the look a bit with one visible toolbar instead of many. Only in default though, the user can still add the Favorite toolbar as an option. You can access them directly from the omnibus, and see frequently viewed sites.
A DuckDuckGo feature has been added as a search option to Safari, good for those who value their privacy.
Mail is also getting a new look. A pretty big update was already made in OS X Mavericks, so it’s ben cleaned up a bit for Yosemite.
There’s now a features called MailDrop made for sending huge attachments to other users. You’ll now have the ability to send files up to 5GB, without having to go through your mail sever. Instead, the file will be uploaded to iCloud, then added as a link to the message. If a user opens it in Mail for Mac, they can see the attachment and download it. Users for other mail services will get a link. The links will only last for 30 days, but that should be more than enough.
You can also do markups or annotation directly in messages. So now you can virtually add you signature to anything, fill out forms, and add annotations and notes to images and pdf files. And it’s free!
OS X Yosemite sounds pretty amazing so far. It has a new look, new interface, and a ton of new features. What’s not to like, And if this is the future of bridging desktop with mobile, it’s bright and accessible.