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9 Ways Your Mac Just Got Cool Again

Oct 16 2014 - 10:37am

First introduced in June at WWDC, Apple's new Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite, will be available today for free, the company announced at today's iPad event [1].

To begin, there's a design overhaul, but the most exciting new features are iCloud Drive [2], a better Safari, a new way to call people from your computer [3], and continuity between all your Mac devices.

Get a closer look at the new operating system!

Source: Apple [4]


In Yosemite, all your Apple devices are now aware of one another, so if you start something on your Mac (say, writing an email) but step away to your iPad, your iPad will prompt you to swipe and pick up where you left off so you can finish sending that email. Also, AirDrop [5] now works between iOS and Mac.

Use Your Computer as a Phone

You can now call and text any number [6] (even Android numbers!) from your Mac.

iCloud Drive

At last, iCloud is going to play nice with Windows computers. iCloud Drive, a new online storage system [7], works like Dropbox and Google Drive.


So cool! Type a word or phrase like "Yosemite" in spotlight, and you'll get news from the web, info from Wikipedia, maps, etc. related to the phrase. Search by people in Contacts, and bring up emails and reminders related to them.


You don’t need the favorites bar anymore, because now just a click in the browser field gives access to your favorite sites. You'll also get automatic Spotlight suggestions (search "Yosemite" and get a Wikipedia blurb). Plus, no matter how many tabs are open, you can smoothly scroll through them or view them all together with a tab button. There's also a new sharing tab to share to social sites or email people with whom you frequently message.

Calendar Upgrade

Week and day view got a new look. Plus, you can pull in hourly weather info and reminders and drag in widgets like calculator.


Mail just got faster and better. Expect reliable syncing, quick fetches of new mail, an easy way to share large attachments (up to 5GB) through Mail Drop, and a new feature that lets you draw on and make annotations to images sent in emails.

A New Look For Controls and Icons

Expect a refined toolbar and windows with a translucency that changes based on the colors of your desktop background. New icons are also cleaner — check out that "gorgeous" trashcan. Plus, there's a dark mode in case you don't like those bright lights.

Source: Apple [8]

Notification Center

The best parts about the new notification center: customizable widgets and a dark interface option.

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