Today Apple released the newest desktop OS, named OS X Yosemite, for download. The new operating system was released alongside announcements for new iPads and a new iMac with retina display. OS X Yosemite represents the next step for Apple in fusing your iOS devices with your desktop. Let’s take a look at what users can expect from the new release.

OS X Yosemite – The GUI

While the update from OS X Mavericks to OS X Yosemite is not as jarring as the iOS 7 update last year, it is certainly a new look in many ways. For starters the icons on your tool bar will more closely resemble those found in iOS 7, just one of many things Apple has done to make your mobile and desktop devices feel like one. The color scheme now matches your iOS device assuming you are running iOS 7 or higher. Most of the design changes are small, but when put together create quite a different effect on the eye. To over simplify the changes, most of the graphic features that were once shadowed and shaded to appear 3-dimensional are now having the 3-D trickery removed and the colors smoothened and brightened up. A perfect example of this can be found in the new design for the three buttons at the top left corner of every window. Fonts are a famous part of Apple’s history. The story goes that Steve Jobs walked into a calligraphy class at Stanford, and it is thanks to his inspiration from this class that Apple led the charge in font and style focus for the graphical OS. In OS X Yosemite all the default fonts in menus, native applications etc. have been updated “to be more legible and consistent across the Mac experience.” macbook repair

OS X Yosemite – Continuity

The new features in OS X Yosemite are all about continuity between devices. This makes for quite a few features that we at Dr. Phone Fix are very excited about. Easily the most exciting feature on OS X Yosemite is the ability to answer phone calls right from your Mac desktop. If you’re iPhone is charging in another room, or you can’t find it ringing in the cushions, you can answer the phone call from your laptop or desktop running OS X Yosemite. You also now have the ability to make calls from your desktop. This means that when you’re surfing the web for a new restaurant, you can simply click on the phone number to make a reservation right from your Mac without even picking up your phone. This feature goes a bit further as Messages will now also allow you to send and receive SMS messages from your computer repair

OS X Yosemite – Handoff

Handoff is perhaps one of the coolest features ever integrated into an operating system, and is truly the refinement of what companies including but not limited to Apple have been attempting to do for years. Handoff puts Apple users one step closer to complete integration among devices. Recall the scene in Minority Report where Tom Cruise transfers a video from a small glass device onto the larger glass interface he is working on, simply by bringing the smaller glass over and swiping the video onto the main interface. Handoff may not have the Hollywood smoothness but the concept is pretty much the same. So how does it work? Say for example that you are taking the subway home and you begin drafting an e-mail on your iPhone. Once you get through the door and reach your desktop, you can simply navigate to that e-mail you were drafting, and swipe it onto your desktop. Lost? To be a bit more detailed here is how Handoff will work. Whenever your Apple devices running iOS 8 or later and OS X Yosemite are near each other, you will be shown the last application used and running from one device, on the other. This will appear in the dock of your Mac, and on the lock screen of your iOS devices. From there you click or swipe to pick up where you left off. Currently Handoff works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. Part of the excitement however is that Apple is allowing Handoff to be built into apps by developers, so a Minority Report style interface may not be far off. mac repair

Instant Hotspot

Your iPhone hotspot can now be toggled straight from your desktop with Instant Hotspot. Whenever your iPhone and Mac are near each other you simply select your iPhone from your Mac’s Wi-Fi drop down menu. You can be connected within seconds, and for convenience the battery life and signal strength of your iPhone will be displayed for you at the top of the Wi-Fi menu.

Upgraded AirDrop

AirDrop has been a neat tool for a few years now that allowed users to move files such as images or videos from their desktops or iOS devices onto Apple Air Drop supported televisions or speakers. The feature has now been expanded and will support file sharing between the iOS devices and desktop OS devices. If you are sent a PDF document in a text message, you can quickly move it over to your Mac without e-mailing it to yourself. AirDrop of course also functions for any iOS or Mac device, meaning that you can transfer a file from your iPhone to a friends Mac. They will receive a notification and can then elect to download the file straight to their desktop. This also works in reverse.

Native Apps

There are far too many small changes made to the native apps to list them all, but the most significant are in Mail and Safari. Mail now includes “Mail Drop” which allows you to use your iCloud account to send up to 5GB attachments to someone who also has an iCloud account. Apple has also added a feature called “markup” that will allow you to add your signature to forms you receive right from Mail. Safari has been updated and has upgraded sharing capabilities, a new tab management system, and a new way to organize your favorites. It is always a proper precaution to wait until the next to newest version of an OS is released to avoid any potential launch day bugs. Keep in mind that while some bugs may be just annoying, others could seriously affect the performance of your system. So wait at least a few days and keep an eye out for any reports of funny business in the new OS. All in all this is a great step in the Mac OS family and the continuation of OS X. Integration and continuity are the future for companies who wish for consumers to have tablets, phones, and computers all from them. Apple as usual is leading the way.