Shoring up its ammunition ahead of the Google I/O 2014 developer conference later this month, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook pulled no punches in his criticisms of Microsoft and Android at WWDC 2014 earlier today. However, in typical Silicon Valley fashion, Cook let his new wares, Apple OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, do most of the jabbing. With two of its largest rivals pushing for Cloud Computing and seamless integration of your “gadgets”, so too is Apple pitching its new selling point - Continuity.
It wasn’t that long ago when both consumers and the industry thought the end of the desktop was near. Yet, Apple thinks otherwise when developing its OS. With integration being the key word once again, Apple’s OS X Yosemite will feature new functions and elements perfectly suited to today’s digital life.
Too numerous to highlight, Craig Federighi, SVP of Software Engineering at Apple, decided to focus on a few important ones instead at WWDC 2014.
New Look With Redesign Icons, Symbols, Typography and Translucent Windows
Streamlined for clarity, the new design offers a sense of depth and personality thanks to the translucent elements. For professional users who need to focus on a few applications only, there is also a “dark mode” which darken other unused elements.
Customizable Notification Center
Similar to that on the iOS devices, Notification Center provides at-a-glance information that you will need, including weather, calendar, stock prices and more. There is a new feature that allows you to add widgets from third-party developer as well, such as latest sports news from ESPN’ SportsCenter.
Faster Spotlight Search Function
Now front and center, Spotlight’s search function is not only faster but look for information outside of localized files like Wikipedia, Bing, and more.
Personalize Your Message With Mail
Need to add your signature to an email message? Or highlight parts of an image before replying? The new Markup feature allows you do that and more. Thanks to Mail Drop, email with large attachments (up to 5GB) can be send without any issues.
Messages Allows You To Stay Connected
Call, text, even leave short Soundbite voice messages, OS X Yosemite seamlessly connect you to various types of communication. It will even transfer you calls and text messages from your iOS devices to your Mac and vice versa.
Instant Hotspot and Handoff
Works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar and Contacts, the new Handoff feature lets you switch between all of your Apple devices without losing your work and train of thoughts. In addition, the proximity detector helps you to create Instant Hotspot between your Mac and iPhone. No need of a WiFi dongle anymore.
Apple OS X Yosemite to come in Fall 2014