Apple unveils OS X Yosemite 10.10

yosemiteToday during WWDC, Apple unveiled the next version of OS X, OS X 10.10 , confirming the name of Yosemite for its next generation desktop operating system. Apple improved the UI of OS X with translucency, consistent typography and new rounded dock icons that match iOS. Other major changes to OS X include:

  • a new dark mode that makes windows more recognizable and overall easier to use
  • Notifications also got a refresh with the new look and feel of OS X. Notifications also now has a Today view, with support for widgets that allow you to configure the center with the information your find most important
  • Spotlight has been moved, appearing now in the middle of the display, with support for app launching, conversions and internet-based information from sources such as Wikipedia
  • a new iCloud Drive storage solution
  • Improved Calendar UI with a today view
  • Mail Drop, a new mail feature that sends large attachments (up to 5GB) via iCloud
  • Signature support in Mail app that uses camera or trackpad to enter your handwritten signature
  • Improvements in Safari with sharing improvements that make it easier to find and share new content, markup support that lets you add text and drawings to images, new tab overview (think Mission Control or Expose for tabs) that stacks tabs from each site and under-the-hood improvements that include support for webGL, faster JavaScript, the addition of HTML 5 premium video, and more
  • Air Drop changes that allow the feature to share content between iOS and OS X. Part of broader push towards continuity between the two operating systems
  • Handoff that allows devices in proximity to each other to share content, allowing you craft an email on one device and then finish it on another
  • SMS sharing that sends SMS messages to all devices so you read them anywhere
  • Instant Hotspot that detects your phone and tries to connect when there is no other internet connection
  • Phone call sharing between iOS and OS X that allows you to answer an incoming call and use your Mac as a  speakerphone

Developers can download OS X Yosemite starting today with a public release slated for this fall for fall. Apple will also start a public beta program with additional details available later today at  www.apple.com/osx/preview.