A full breakdown of major OS X Yosemite features

By , Jun 2, 2014

OS X Yosemite on MacBook Pros

While much of the excitement has been surrounding the arrival of iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad, Apple also pleasantly surprised us this afternoon with a more-than-impressive update to its OS X software. First and foremost, the company delivered upon the name OS X Yosemite that most bloggers figured out after a mountain from Yosemite National Park appeared on a WWDC banner at Moscone West. Now let’s dive into all of its features… 

General

OS X Yosemite Desktop

  • Redesigned user interface, including a cleaner dock
  • Redesigned stock apps, including Safari, Mail and Messages
  • Translucent menu bar, toolbars and windows
  • Initiate a text message by clicking a phone number in Safari, Contacts, or Calendar
  • Photos in OS X coming early next year — see Photos in iOS 8
  • Widgets in Notification Center
  • Today view in Notification Center
  • Share menu extensions — including app-specific share sheets
  • Smarter controls and buttons
  • Custom actions
  • New systemwide fonts
  • Redesigned Spotlight, front and center with interactive previews and search results
  • Family Sharing

Continuity

OS X Yosemite Continuity

  • Send and receive calls on your iPhone using your Mac
  • Handoff — start a task on one device and finish it on another
  • Instant Hotspot

Safari

Safari OS X Yosemite

  • Private Mode — private web browsing like incognito mode on Chrome
  • Streamlined toolbar, including a Tab View button
  • The top-left green button is now for entering full-screen mode
  • Improved and faster Nitro JavaScript engine
  • Favorites view — a drop-down menu in the smart search bar
  • Tab view — shows all of your tabs on one page
  • Search tabs by URL or a term in the article name
  • Spotlight Suggestions — based on Wikipedia, Maps, news, search engines and other sources
  • DuckDuckGo search engine support
  • Support for the latest web standards, including WebGL
  • Improved social sharing options

Mail

Mail OS X Yosemite

  • Mail Drop — for sending large attachments up to 5 GB per message
  • Mark up attachments within the app, such as PDFs or forms
  • Streamlined toolbar

Messages

Messages for OS X Yosemite

  • Record and send audio clip messages
  • Send and receive SMS and MMS messages when your iPhone is nearby your Mac
  • Name group conversations
  • Add or remove participants to group conversations
  • Leave a group conversation

Finder

Finder OS X Yosemite

  • iCloud Drive
  • AirDrop between iOS and Mac
  • Streamlined toolbar

Developer Tools

Swift

  • Swift programming language
  • Xcode 6
  • SpriteKit
  • SceneKit
  • CloudKit
  • Improved game controller support
  • Shared frameworks between OS X and iOS

Apple seeded the first beta of OS X Yosemite to developers earlier this afternoon, while a public release will follow in the Fall. There is also a public beta program for OS X Yosemite, although it is limited to the first million applicants. If you are interested in learning more about this latest OS X version, keep it locked on our OS X Yosemite section and look at the complete overview posted on the Apple website.

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  • jolehp

    Wallpaper please? :)

  • Mark Babatunde

    Yosemite looks so nice! Can’t wait to test it out and finally have some continuity with my Apple devices! Plus, Swift will allow more people to become developers due to its simple language. This is going to be one crazy summer!

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      It looks better than iOS 7/8.

  • Bkfraiders7

    Have they mentioned which features will be available for which models yet? I have a 2011 Macbook Pro and I really want Handoff/Continuity/The calling features.

    • Marcus

      Yeah I have a Fall 2011 MacBook Pro and I’m wondering the same thing.

    • Akshit Raj Bhandari

      I am pretty sure that all the features would be available on all your macs.
      They don’t bisect macs into categories like the way they do for iPhones.

      • Aiden McGinnis

        Yep, well… any mac that can install OS X Yosemite (OS 10.10). I can’t find a list of what macs can run Yosemite. Sorry :/

        I would just about guaranty any of the “silver”/anodized aluminum macs will run it.

    • wahizul

      Macbook pro 2007 or newer will be supported

      • Bkfraiders7

        That doesn’t mean all features will be supported though.

      • Kamran Mackey

        All features will be supported for all 2007-present Macs most likely.

    • Carlos Gomes

      I have a MBA 2013 and I’ll bite my left ball if I don’t get all the features.

      • Simon Tegtmeyer

        You will. Even the first aluminum MacBooks (without “pro”/”air”) can upgrade to it :)

      • Carlos Gomes

        Pinky swear?

  • David Beaton

    For handoff and the SMS/MMS support, does anyone know if both devices will need to be on the same wifi network? Or does it create an ad hoc network?

    • Jad Boukai

      I’m going to assume the latter, it makes more sense to me that way, but not certain

    • Norbi Whitney

      I’m guessing Bluetooth LE (4.0), which would make me sad because I’m on a late 2011 with Bluetooth 2.1
      Although I actually have no idea, there are a bunch of similar things these days using 4.0 and I’m sad everytime.

      • http://www.ideaprison.com/ ideaprison

        Let’s hope not! I’m in the same boat.

  • http://tomgrozev.com Tom555444

    does anyone have a dmg install for yosemite

  • JulianZH

    i really want a mac, but too expensive and hackintosh is kind of troublesome…

  • http://R0Fleming.tumblr.com/ R0Fleming

    If you’re part of the Apple iOS Developer Program, you automatically get a free code to use in the Mac App Store and download Yosemite.

    • Jad Boukai

      Really, that’s awesome! I’m sure I’m like a lot of others who are developers for iOS, but not for Mac, so this is really awesome news!

  • http://R0Fleming.tumblr.com/ R0Fleming

    iMovie is not compatible with Yosemite, and Photo Booth has been removed. Thought I’d point that out.

    • http://R0Fleming.tumblr.com/ R0Fleming

      And here’s the proof. :(

      • Simon Tegtmeyer

        Don’t worry. This is the very first preview of yosemite, apple will surely update their own apps for it in a very short time ;)

  • Jeremy

    So far I have little complaints about iOS 8. Stock apps seem to crash a lot but it’s all understandable but the thing I love is that most third party apps don’t even crash at all so far :) I’m on an iPhone 5s as well.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I would really like to see what iTunes looks like on Yosemite, just saying. I bet it looks pretty darn good.

    • Tony

      Still waiting for the new beta, the old version is what I have installed currently. So no new icon.

      • http://www.ubuntouch-fr.org/ Arnaud Ober

        DP2 and still old iTunes. I think a new iTunes interface and functionalities (streaming?…) will be presented in september/october… And available only for public release.

  • Alex Marwaha

    can someone here tell me how they got yosemite? i signed up for the one million people thing and it said I would recieve an email as soon as the beta is ready. Can anyone tell me how they got it? Please anything you say is acceptable.

    • Foellarbear

      The people that have it now are paid developers with apple. Beta release to the general public will be later in the summer. You will be notified with a redemption code from Apple via email to download.

      • Alex Marwaha

        which is when? when will they email me with a redemption code? ive heard that some other people have already gotten the email.

  • Matt

    I haven’t been a Mac user for all that long, but that dock reminds me of an older Mac OS version dock, and I LOVE IT ❤️

  • http://appleaddicted.com.br/ William Neves

    Some one have problem with a iMessage and FaceTime? My 10.10 just not open anyone those apps.

  • Arsanny Lintang

    Did anyone recieved a code from apple yet to download OS X Yosemite?

    • wahizul

      Not yet.. Maybe have to wait for beta 1 release during summer. Now it is just developer preview.

  • Lhu

    In what way “Private Mode — private web browsing like incognito mode on Chrome” is new?

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      Allows you to make a certain tab private and not all tabs

      • Eduard Gotwig

        But its not new. It was there before in OS X

      • Lhu

        ah ok! then yeah it is new :D

  • Hussain Alsanona

    Guys, does any one installed OS X Yosemite and still have the old version of iTunes, and if there is a way to get the newer version please reply to me

    • Jamie Tilden

      This first developer preview doesn’t come with an updated iTunes or even iTunes icon. Everyone’s copy of Yosemite looks like this.

  • @sexyhamthing

    ew, not to my taste :P

    • Steve Zou

      You’ll get use to it

      • @sexyhamthing

        nah, dedicated pc person :P couldnt part with my steam library :3

  • Mini Apple Genius

    Would you mind sending us the folder and app icons?

  • Peter Belsley

    they removed Photo Booth :(

    • Simon Tegtmeyer

      give them some time to finish it… it’s the first beta and is dedicated to devs ;)

  • Abdulla Hussain

    I’m wondering if the dashboard is still there cause now widgets are in NC ??

    • Max Daniël R.

      Yes, dashboard is still there but it’s looks are not updated with beta 1

  • thankyou

    will i lose all my files if i get Yosemite??

    • thankyou

      when it downloads… its supposed to be a dmg right?

      • William Witt

        Yosemite is distributed via the AppStore. I haven’t opened the installer to see if it contained a dmg suitable for a fresh install yet, but it’s an upgrade by default.

      • thankyou

        so will i lose my files?????

      • William Witt

        I didn’t but as with any operating system install, you should back your data up before you upgrade.

      • Raphael Guilleminot

        You won’t, but you will lose the ability to use a lot of your apps. Don’t install the beta if you’re going to ask yourself these kinds of questions.

  • Lee-Tammy Brewer

    Why in the world would we want to have 2D graphics in the dock?
    I was around 9in the day we could not wait for graphics to evolve enough to be 3D – and we in the AMIGA community had them long before others did. It showed sophistication and amazing ability.

    Now we are going to the incredibly cheap, 2D garbage like Japanese cartoons vs. a Pixar-like style?

    The worst part of this is they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery – so why is Apple mimicking the flat, 2D world of Windows 8?

    No more “Think Different!” Very, very sad. Where are you Steve? They are ruining your vision a little bit at a time.

    I sure hope someone hacks a way to restore a classy look.