Apple took the wraps off of OS X at the WorldWide Developer’s Conference today, dubbed “Yosemite.” It’ll feature a new interface with elements of iOS 7’s “flat” design and color scheme, new interface, updates to iCloud and Mail, features to sync iOS and OS X devices, and more.
Yosemite is full of cosmetic changes. The dock, system-wide typeface, native OS X app icons, windows, and more all borrow from iOS 7’s flat design. Windows are either white or shaded black, and semi-translucent. If you liked iOS 7’s approach to flat visual design, you’ll like what you see in Yosemite.
Key New Features:
Instant Hotspot is a new feature that allows you to share your iPhone’s internet connection easily with your Mac—as soon as your device is in range, your phone will appear in the Wi-Fi menu and let you connect directly to it and share its internet connection (assuming your carrier doesn’t mind you tethering, of course, and as long as you don’t run out of your monthly data allowance, that is.)
iMessage now supports syncing SMS messages from other mobile OSes across all of your devices, and as long as your phone is in range, it’ll sync and can read all of your text messages on your Mac as well as on your phone and tablet. Similarly, thew new iMessage will show you incoming calls on your Mac, act as a caller ID so you can decide whether you want to answer. If you do answer, you can take the call right on your Mac, and use it as a speakerphone that routes your call back through to your phone. The same works for outgoing calls as well—you can select a phone number in Safari on your Mac, and select “call on iPhone” and place the call on your Mac or pick it up on your phone.
OS X Yosemite will be available to developers today, to OS X Beta users this summer, and to end users this fall, for free.
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