OS X Yosemite: Complete Features And Review: Apple releases OS X Yosemite for Mac user at WWDC 2014 in June while they also release iOS 8. Apple is trying to revamp there software part after Steve jobs as they already changes the feel of iOS and now on Mac as Mac receive major change after many years with overall design change. New Mac has receive new design elements like iOS 7 with light look and feel with some nice design. After changing names of OS X series from big cats to places inspired from California and this time Apple named there new OS Yosemite. OS X updates are enhancing the user experience without any difficult things as OS X is very simple OS with all features lying on the docks but there many more features which lies behind the curtain so OS X requires user some exploration to how to use the device.

  • Yosemite is step ahead from last year upgrade of Mavericks. But numbering of Mac finally reaches tenth version as it bit complicated to remember which is new versions of OS as this version is numbers as 10.10 which is 11th installment from Apple. As Microsoft’s Windows is still lying behind Mac in many terms and there certain matter of debates but we are not here to see which feature either have as we are discussing Yosemite.

    OS X Yosemite
    OS X Yosemite
  • Yosemite receives certain feature increments and overall design change. Yosemite look awesome in design and nice to work with it as it include features like Continuity which really makes our PCs alive by communicating with iPhones and iPad as they also be part of it,new dark mode which looks fabulous,new iTunes and much more to talk about this OS. By making Yosemite Apple is targeting to make iOS and Mac device works on single sole which would merge after year.

There are overall five minor update in Yosemite which also brings features like force trackpad, new photo app and more. Apple getting user support for Mac as adoption of OS X Yosemite is more than previous Mavericks which account about 36% of user from 32% in first months. Making update free also arose user or compel user to download update. So let’s see what exciting in new OS X

OS X Yosemite: Complete Features And Review:

OS X Yosemite Design:

  • Design is most eyes appealing part of OS X as new interface is taken the same design element of last’s year iOS 7. Whole interface is game of translucency and craftsmanship which nicely blend in a whole UI. There are some glassy texture and blurred effect has awesome experience.

    OS X Yosemite Design
    OS X Yosemite Design
  • Major design change of icons, many new apps like Safari,Calendar,Contacts and so on also change. Dock also look good and menu bar looks nice.

OS X Yosemite Continuity:

  • Continuity is main lime light feature of OS as continuity enhances the user experience with seamless relationship between iOS devices. As user can use ability of iMessage, FaceTime, Calls,Message,composing Mail seamlessly between both devices and much which really made this feature must to use if user have iOS devices.
  • Continuity detect what going on iOS or Mac device and gives user Windows to same thing in either of these devices which you are not using. Continuity requires user to sign in with same ID so both devices get connect to each other.  As this become really success and major user are using these feature which simplifies overall time. So if user want to work on phone and then on Mac will now become easy. As Continuity is limited for some app but 3rd parties app can also take benefit as developer made apps.

    OS X Yosemite Continuity
    OS X Yosemite Continuity
  • Handoff is another feature lies behind Continuity as it is applied for both Macs and iOS devices which help to uses all devices seamlessly without any issue. Handoff brings feature like while you composing mail in iPhone and want further composing on Mac can done easily as little icon near dock showing app using iPhone and by pressing it will open same work you are doing on the phone.
  • Handoff will only when certain app are open which supports handoff iOS 8 user can see handoff app on the lock screen left side showing relevant apps you are using. User can also open it on multitasking Windows to work while surfing interface. Apple include certain API for developers to make there apps work in this feature.

    OS X Yosemite Handoff
    OS X Yosemite Handoff
  • Continuity also add feature to AirDrop for enhancing so user can share data between iOS devices and Macs.
  • While using this feature requires a connection between device both Bluetooth and Wifi works in background to run feature. Continuity is limited for user above iPhone 5 or later,iPad 4,iPod Touch 5th generation  and iPad Mini while for Mac requires Mac having Bluetooth version 4.

OS X Yosemite Finder:

  • Finder get new design change with some effects also get support to find files in iCloud Drive. Now user can search there files which is lies behind online data finder get ability to find it. It also shows specific files inside Pages, Numbers and other lies inside it.

    OS X Yosemite Finder
    OS X Yosemite Finder

OS X Yosemite Dock:

  • Dock also get same design elements also come way back to a rectangular bar showing apps. But there not more significant changes occur option are still same with more design. There is one extra space for apps of Continuity which showing which devices is running which apps.

    OS X Yosemite Dock
    OS X Yosemite Dock

OS X Yosemite Windows and buttons:

  • Buttons on the Windows more likely looks like traffic light and get around over whole UI as OS X lost it’s old metallic and glassy look while now it becomes more glossy and red,yellow and green. While switching full screen app also get nice looks witch small icon with two arrow is nice and also looks part of Window.
    OS X Yosemite Window Buttons
    OS X Yosemite Window Buttons Image

    OS X Yosemite Window Buttons
    OS X Yosemite Window Buttons

OS X Yosemite Dark Mode:

  • Dark mode makes it’s brand new entry in OS X first time as iOS is till not gotDark mode as it more comfortable to look in night and doesn’t create much eye strains. Dark mode makes UI looks awesome stand transparency makes it feel original. Dark mode is loved feature to include in OS X but it should come for iOS which really attract more user. There are less integrity of Dark mode in overall UI but will get it soon.

    OS X Yosemite Dark Mode
    OS X Yosemite Dark Mode

OS X Yosemite Notification Center:

  • After getting refinement from previous instalment and it continues to getting more improvement. As it get new today’s panel showing you what happening today. Design elements of Yosemite looks nice and good. As notifications centre resembles iOS 8s notifications centre. By integration of adding third parties app support makes more informative corner.

    OS X Yosemite Notification
    OS X Yosemite Notification

OS X Yosemite Spotlight:

  • Spotlight search is best way of searching things inside your Mac as it now becomes faster and snappier for searches. Spotlight search is located top bar with sign of magnifying glass. While earlier the spotlight search interface lies top above but now use can use it middle of screen.

    OS X Yosemite Spotlight
    OS X Yosemite Spotlight
  • Spotlight search is best way to search in Mac as it is better to search in spotlight than google because it gives only specific data about movies, weather, restaurants, encyclopedia and much like this things it also grapples whole system and show much more things inside the computer.

OS X Yosemite iTunes:

  • iTunes is one of favorite music app for all as it also include music store itself so user can purchase things on the iTunes and download it without any issue. As iTunes has sold many of songs,movies and TVs shows which is easy to purchase and easiest to use.
  • iTunes in Yosemite finally changes it’s overall looks and also comes with some new feature. New iTunes receives overhaul design change with new icon looks amazing. There certain things looks good as new album view and colors at the menu matches album art is breathtaking there separate view for Artists and Album.

    OS X Yosemite iTune
    OS X Yosemite iTune
  • iTines is made easy to navigate all around UI with very fine detail showing showing icons of video,music,tv programs,podcast and more which is easy to use. User can edit which menu icon they want to use and can remove which they don’t wanted.
  • iTunes Store also colors in color of Yosemite with light,blend and bright design eye appealing effect is best. Detail of all the buttons icons feels Yosemite all around UI.
  • Apple makes iTunes to come close to iOS devices which looks both devices has come from same which seamlessly easy to use for both devices.

OS X Yosemite Safari:

  • Safari is now becoming most popular browser for Apple user as it start supporting things which they previously rejects. So Safari is very speedy than any other browser as from benchmarks showing Safari is far more better.
  • Yosemite adds Safari version 9 which has features like mute audio of tabs also new content viewing option showing only rich content for Safari reader. In addition it include new design change,new icon,improvement to privacy and security.
  • Apple is completely changes Safari from head to toe like from starting Safari is so light quick to launch and design is best about it. Apple is edit the positioning and look of elements inside Safari to match each and every content.

    OS X Yosemite Safari
    OS X Yosemite Safari
  • In addition of iOS 8 Safari becomes more smarter by knowing which tabs are open in which iOS devices so user can easily swap between devices while both devices must have same iCloud account. New tabs are also makes it’s entry to new Safari which display  tabs from favorite folder apart from top sites. User can also mange tabs on both devices wanted to close can close.
  • All the other improvement like share button, reading list, shared link and much more identical to iOS 8.
  • Safari also makes improvement in address bar as it also becomes smarter while typing search user can get rich content,snippets and data from Wikipedia it self on address bar so it reduces time and user can get important data on the address bar itself.

OS X Yosemite Mail:

  • Mail is best client for Apple mailing app as it most advance till date with many new features. In Yosemite Mail also receives same design change with elements redesign look good. Mail has easy interface to look around and also Mail exchange service is also good.

    OS X Yosemite Mail
    OS X Yosemite Mail
  • First significant change in Mail as it is also to send attachments upto 5GB which is must for Mail client as quality of content is increasing day by day so memory should also increase. As it works as sending attachment to iCloud and send Mail separately which makes encryption more secure way.
  • There is second change to Yosemite is ability to edit images inside Mail App for third parties app. So user can markup important data and highlight text as per according.

OS X Yosemite Photo:

  • Photos app makes it’s entry in OS X in Yosemite 10.10.3 update which brings same photos apps from iOS with same feature and iPhoto apps is disabled. New Photos app also have same design with new pattern to separate photos. It also comes with feature to edit photos easily works with iCloud Photo Library to you store same photos in all Apple devices.

    OS X Yosemite Photos
    OS X Yosemite Photos

OS X Yosemite AirPlay:

  • AirPlay is feature must use for Apple user as it include features to mirror audio,video to Apple TV with iOS and Mac devices. Now AirPlay support mirroring of display and audio without an Wi-Fi connection as both device use peer to peer network to connecting each other. User can send Mac screen and use as separate screen which makes another space on TV.

    OS X Yosemite Airplay
    OS X Yosemite Airplay

OS X Yosemite Messages and FaceTime:

  • Message and FaceTime has capability to works same with iOS device if they are attach with same Apple ID so user can use both devices as same with all same text and calls. Message and FaceTime get same Yosemite refinement with translucency effect is good and texture also good.

    OS X Yosemite FaceTime & iMessage
    OS X Yosemite FaceTime & iMessage
  • Message app user can send audio images syncing with iOS and Mac device both.
  • Use can use telephonic conversation with Mac using iPhone connected to same wifi network which is pretty handy feature.

OS X Yosemite Calendar:

  • Calendar also get same refinement with feel like iOS app with new day view showing in interactive way also there is hour view showing which work should done in particular hour.

    OS X Yosemite Calendar
    OS X Yosemite Calendar

OS X Yosemite Overall:

Yosemite or OS X 10.11 is nice upgrade over Maverick from last year as it changes we see Mac devices and also revolutionize the way we use features like continuity,handoff and more feature also enhances the power of Macs. The integrity between the two different world devices is phenomenal which compels to use both devices for daily use. As Yosemite update is feels like a plane while Mavericks gives some 3D feel with some metallic looks is awesome. But Yosemite is also good for all as there are several version of Yosemite came in it’s era which have some bugs fixes,feature enhancement and security improvement.

Yosemite is available to download as free as like Mavericks from play store so user can download easily with WiFi.

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Mr Haaris is Tech Blogger at Tech Awareness. Who's interest point is Apple Products and Services, Microsoft Products and Services and Smartphones

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