What Does OS X Yosemite Bring to the Table?
It's finally here. OS X Yosemite has arrived for Mac users everywhere, following last week's Apple event. We've had a few days to give it a spin and see what all it delivers, and it's an excellent step forward for the OS we know and love.
Beginning with the design, which alters the dock in a very noticeable way, especially the minimize button on apps, everything looks much more modern than before. It's like the change from iOS 6 to iOS 7 and 8, with no shading and flat coloration instead of the drop shadowing we're used to. There's even a new font and new icons, which may be one of the most jarring changes for anyone used to the old layout. It looks great, however, and it's something you'll no doubt get used to very quickly.
Continuity is obviously the biggest new feature, and it works quite well. You can now send and receive calls and texts straight from your Mac, but you do need an iPhone with iOS 8 on it. You just need to signed in with your Apple ID to accomplish this, but it's all a very straightforward process and one that only requires a verification code to get started. If you start on one device and want to continue on another, you can do that too. And now, it doesn't matter what kind of phone your friends are using - you can still send them messages. Previously you were relegated to iPhones, since iMessage was the vehicle for message transport, but now we've broken free of those chains.
Another handy feature is the fact that you can use your iPhone as a hotspot for your computer if you're using the same Apple ID, which works beautifully when tested. It will automatically disconnect if you're not using it, and the computer will know to keep from doing things like software updates and other data-intensive tasks until you're back on your own wi-fi network, making it a much smarter version of the tethering we're used to.
Safari's gone through a huge facelift as well, with search results that bring up movie times and more, with a brand new aesthetic that looks and feels fantastic. The Reader Mode looks different as well, and you've got stackable tabs to navigate with to keep your web browsing clean and readable. You can even open or close remote tabs, making browsing from one device to another seamless and enjoyable.
Overall, the bigger developments are interesting enough, but not earth-shattering or obtrusive in a way that they'll alienate users already familiar with Mavericks or other iterations of OS X. It's modern, flat, and gorgeous, and brings with it plenty of new features to get excited about, especially if you're someone looking for additional ways to make your iPhone work for you. Plus, you don't have to pay a thing to get it!
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