Hands on with Apple's OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' (pictures)

Summary:ZDNet takes OS X 10.10 'Yosemite', Apple's latest desktop and laptop operating system, for a test drive to show you what's new and improved.

Apple is continuing to blend — though not merge or unify — some of the best features of iOS 7 and iOS 8 into the latest OS X 10.10 desktop operating system. Apple calls one of those features Continuity; it allows iPhones and iPads to talk better with Macs.

<strong>You can also call people directly from the Messages app, as well as make free FaceTime audio calls </strong> Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive
<strong>And if you leave your phone across the house or the office, you can make calls through your Mac so you never miss that important call.</strong> Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

You can now make phone calls and other voice and video calls from your desktop. Apple is touting a new feature that, so long as your phone is within range and near-proximity, you can pick up phone calls from your desktop or notebook. It's not yet finished, but it worked remarkably well with FaceTime calls.

If there's no wi-fi about and you need an Internet connection, you'll be able to connect automatically through your iPhone hotspot. Image: Apple

Also, if you are in an area where there is no wi-fi, your iPhone (running iOS 8) will become an instant personal hotspot and connect your Mac to the Web. And when you no longer need it, the connection will cut out so it saves on your data plan — as well as your iPhone battery.

Safari's omnibar, and a sleek new translucent user interface. Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

The new Safari comes with a similar translucent new user interface, with many of the features packed in from OS X 10.9 "Mavericks." It also comes with an omnibar, which allows users to search and type in websites, as well as access your recently-most visited sites and other favorites and bookmarks. 

Topics: Enterprise Software, Apple, Hardware


Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for ZDNet, and sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. His PGP key is: EB6CEEA5.

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