Everything we learned about OS X 10.10 from WWDC 2014
Apple's WWDC keynote is over and, as expected, the folks at Cupertino had a ton of things to reveal about OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Just in case you want to check to see what was revealed during the two hour keynote in one easy-to-read news post, we got your covered.
Apple uses a U.S. national park, Yosemite, as the code name for the next version of its long running operating system for Mac PCs. The choice of name is certainly a different direction compared to OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Apple claims Mac shipments have increased 12 percent over the past year while overall PC shipments have gone down five percent. Also, over 40 million Mac users have already upgraded to the free version of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, which is over half of all Mac PC owners.
The new look has some features that users of iOS 7 might be familiar with, such as an more transparent user interface, a refreshed typography, a new dark mode to help reduce distraction and much more. In other words, if you like iOS 7 you will like this.
OS X 10.10 will notify users about calendar events, stock market price changes and much more with the new Notification Center. Apple is also looking to add support for the center's widgets and apps from the App Store to help Yosemite users.
Apple's new cloud storage and sharing service will work for iOS, OS X and even Windows and will sync files from different devices. It's an obvious effort to go after services like Microsoft's OneDrive and Dropbox and it should be interesting to see how it is received.
The Mail app in Yosemite will include new features such as MailDrop to allow users to sent attachments as large as 5GB to recipients, along with Markup that will allow Mac users to actually draw inside emails.
As expected, Apple will release a new version of its Safari web browser as part of the OS X 10.10 release, which will include some performance boosts, a new "stack view" for tabs, and a single toolbar to allow for showing more content.
The Spotlight feature in OS X 10.10 now shows up in the center of the screen when activated and will expand as users type in their search string. It also brings up both web and local content for search results and even offers links to purchase items directly from Spotlight.
People who also own an iPhone along with their Mac will be able to hand off phone calls and text messages from the iOS device to their Mac as part of the OS X 10.10 Yosemite updates. The Mac can be used as a speakerphone as well.
It's not a shock to learn that OS X 10.10 is now available for developers, or that it will be released to the public for free this fall. However, for the first time ever, the general public will be able to download a beta of Yosemite sometime this summer.