Mac OS X Yosemite Loaded With Cross-Device Functionality

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2014-06-03 Print this article Print

Because mobile has been top of mind for years in the IT development community, it's no surprise that Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system has claimed most of the headlines from the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, continuing this week at San Francisco's Moscone Center. But Mac OS X Yosemite is also quite worthy of news coverage. Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage June 2 to make some opening remarks and provide state of the union-type facts and numbers. Here are a few of them, as pertains to Mac OS X: There are now more than 9 million registered Apple developers, up 47 percent from last year; the Mac installed base has now reached 80 million; 40 million copies of OS X Mavericks have been installed, the most successful release in OS X history; and 51 percent of the Mac installed base is on Mavericks, the fastest adoption ever for Apple. This eWEEK slide show is focused exclusively on the new features in the OS X Yosemite operating system, which is being distributed to developers at WWDC and will be available to general markets in the fall.

  • Mac OS X Yosemite Loaded With Cross-Device Functionality

    by Chris Preimesberger
    1 - Mac OS X Yosemite Loaded With Cross-Device Functionality
  • They Call It Yosemite

    Perhaps because it's a "monumental" release, or perhaps because it's going to become the "rock" upon which Apple will continue to build out its PC product line, Mac OS X 10 "Yosemite" gets a name that you can understand and remember, even if you are not a rock climber.
    2 - They Call It Yosemite
  • Share and Share Alike

    Apple made a point of telling developers that it's bringing together the development of all its software and devices into a central place, so that more and more attributes—thus, code—can be shared among products. This, however, won't happen overnight. It makes sense, although the development procedures and best practices for each device still have very different requirements.
    3 - Share and Share Alike
  • Apps Work Seamlessly Across Devices

    Apple has created an always-on, movable client. It can be found in a new lock-screen icon on the lower left of each screen. Let's say the user is on his iPhone; when he swipes up on it, it allows him to continue with his work on an iPad. But he also can swipe his work from one device to another to pick up activity in real time, no matter whether he's working on an iPhone, iPad or Mac laptop. This is what developing for all Apple devices is all about.
    4 - Apps Work Seamlessly Across Devices
  • New Safari Tabs Layout

    This looks totally different and could be—and undoubtedly will be—confusing to some users, especially newer Apple customers. The tabs layout shows in a much more graphics-oriented way everything that is stored in each folder, but it's a lot of artwork to see all at once. Ah, you'll get used to it.
    5 - New Safari Tabs Layout
  • New Launcher

    The big magnifying glass indicates a new Launcher layout for Mac OS X Yosemite, as shown here. It is designed to be easier to parse.
    6 - New Launcher
  • New Look for the Calendar

    Even the relatively staid Contacts app has been given a facelift. The layout is done with a social networking flavor, as shown here—with the contacts column on the left and messages and conversations on the right. It's an intuitive interface, something with which Apple has some experience.
    7 - New Look for the Calendar
  • Using Google Search in Safari

    For the first time, Apple showed on stage, in prime time, the use of Google search in its browser. Users search at any time, with the second window floating over the current Safari window. All the relevant Google search information is supplied inside the search window.
    8 - Using Google Search in Safari
  • New Development Language

    Swift, introduced June 2, is Apple's new upgrade to its own Objective C and the standard C languages in which all OS X apps are developed. Some of the key characteristics are in evidence on this slide, but a key one is that Swift—called this because it is apparently very fast—works "seamlessly" with Objective C and C in the same app, conference attendees were told.
    9 - New Development Language
  • Mac as Speakerphone

    Following the theme of connecting all those Apple devices, Mac OS X Yosemite has a new function that enables a user to easily connect his or her Mac laptop or desktop with an iPhone to have a conversation via speakerphone. Notifications can be set up like the one in this slide.
    10 - Mac as Speakerphone
  • User Adoption Numbers

    Apple was proud to point out that despite the fact that Microsoft's Windows 8 was launched a year earlier than OS X 7 Mavericks, user adoption of the latest operating system is far ahead of the competitor. As of December 2013, Mavericks is resident in 51 percent of Macs, while only 14 percent of Windows machines have adopted Windows 8. Of course, we should remind you that there are many more Windows machines out there, and many of those are not able to use touch IT—the biggest attribute of Windows 8.
    11 - User Adoption Numbers

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