OS X 10.10 Yosemite


Apple has adopted the yearly release cycle to OS X since the release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks in 2013. The OS X 10.10 announced in WWDC 2014. Following the Californian theme it took the name Yosemite. For me the place instantly reminded the place ಯಾಣ (yana) near Shivmoga that I watched in the movie ನಮ್ಮೂರ ಮಂದಾರ ಹೂವೆ.

The OS X’s user interface got a major overhaul with Yosemite. It introduced the translucency to the windows and blurred translucent effects, following the aesthetic introduced in iOS 7. Many icons have been redesigned to correspond to those of iOS 7. Other design changes include new icons, light and dark color schemes, and the replacement of Lucida Grande with Helvetica Neue as the default system typeface. The Dock is now a 2D translucent rectangle instead of a skeuomorphic glass shelf.

Spotlight is a more prominent part of the operating system; it now displays its search box in the center of the screen and can include results from online sources, including Bing, Maps, and Wikipedia.

Mail app’s functionality has been enhanced with the Markup feature. Plus a solution to attach large size files (up to 5 GB) with the Mail drive.

To achieve portability and accessibility Yosemite is geared with continuity. Features such as handoff that senses the devices around and makes the transition natural and smooth, instant hotspot, air drop between iOS and Mac are all part of continuity.

The astounding feature is using iPhone as a relay to dial and receive  phone calls on the Mac. That’s an amazing engineering feat.

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