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

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.


Some people don't like change, but some of the improvements in OS X 10.10 are for the better — especially if you use it constantly, or over long periods of time.

Spotlight Search now appears in the center of the window and draws in from more data sources (Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive)

Spotlight Search now appears in the dead-center of the screen you're working on, which is particularly handy if you have very large displays or multiple screens. It overlays what you are working on, and can pick out everything from suggested websites, your locally stored apps and data, to system preferences, and other items from the App Store. It also offers a better preview of what you're looking at so you can easily determine what you want.

The improved Spotlight includes printers, apps, calendar items, and email (Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive)

Even running third-party apps, such as Microsoft Outlook for Mac, you can filter through emails and other non-Apple app data. With text documents and images, you also see a preview of the file so you can be sure that's exactly what you're looking for.

A close-up of the new interace, including new control buttons (Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive)

The new Messages application has a new user interface and experience, exactly like the Finder app. You can now also send traditional text messages (SMS) through your iPhone and read them on your Messages app, keeping even non-data iMessages in sync with your Mac, so you're never out of the loop.

In the improved Messages app, you can quieten people (Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive)

If you need to drop someone a quick call, you can do this from Messages via video-calling or audio-only. And if things get a little noisy? You can simply hold back any notifications from that conversation.

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware

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  • OS X 10.10 marks a significant turning point for the platform....

    To begin with I can only think Apple at the WWDC must have displayed a different build of OS X 10.10 because in the Developer Preview release there is no 'Dark Mode' option which was demonstrated in the presentation and some of the icons remain unchanged like iTunes which was shown to be a flat red. Perhaps these will appear in the Developer Preview 2 update.

    The new style Dock is smart and with its transparency oozes quality for want of a better description and somewhat strangely is not unlike the old OS X 10.4 Tiger Dock. I fired up a Tiger virtual machine on VMWare Fusion and did a comparison and there are definitely similarities.

    Integration with iOS started with OS X 10.7 Lion and it would seem as though this process is complete. For the OS X purists OS X 10.10 will no doubt be controversial not only for the iOS integration but also the radical change in appearance. Having said that Apple has had plenty of critics for not refreshing the appearance from as far back as OS X 10.5 Leopard so it will most likely be welcomed by many.

    The most crucial thing it is essentially the same OS X underneath all the visible changes. I am currently typing this on OS X 10.10 installed on a separate partition from my 2012 iMac. Overall I am impressed. Desperately need the the Dark Mode option as its just too bright.

    OS X 10.10 has an awful long way to go until its release therefore its far to soon to pass any sort of judgement.
    • Dock

      that was the first thing I though when I saw the images, the dock screamed Tiger at me...

      Retro is in, again.
  • Yup, the dock looks a lot like the pre-Leopard dock

    I've gotten rather fond of the old 3D tray.... going to miss that!
  • Only used by iFools who don't understand computing.

    The rest of the world don't care.
    • For sure

      Yes, only iFools use a certified Unix OS like OS X. He-men use Windows.
    • WTF has this got to do with Windows ????

      • windows?

        So many windows guys reading about osX...why is that? And then making some guy of immature comment. I am grateful for windows as this lowered the price of macs overall over time. I am respectful of windows because of the wide implementations in business. Conversely, all you Windows guys should be thankful for osX because it created competition in the computer universe. With competition, everyone wins. No competition, think of what Russia used to put out for cars..... the Lada.....yuck.
        I got one more.... Apple could make a computer that gives BJ's....but some would complain that the lips were too big.......
  • So the big improvements

    Are a new Font, new design on buttons and notifications. Yup pretty impressive.
    • Also

      forgot you can connect to your iPhone and use it like a hot spot. WOW revolutionary.
      • Also

        making and taking calls / SMS from your computer using your phone as a bridge over wifi. Annotating images in email. Background syncing of documents between different computers (fantastic for those of us who alternate work between a desktop and a laptop), attachment markup within mail, voice messages in iMessage, group messaging without having to start a chatroom.

        And it's a no-cost upgrade. Really no downside to this. But, then, again, Apple could build a direct-neural interface, and folks like you would complain that it was a wired connection or that it was just a cheap ripoff of Google Glass.
    • too small

      What they need is a way to scale fonts system-wide. On high resolution screens, the fonts on Safari, and Chrome browsers are way too tiny. It is like micro-sized! Some the tweaks to the OS look impressive -- nothing to make a load of hoopla about.
    • No

      No, those aren't the big improvements, schultzycom.

      Watch the keynote to get a better idea.
  • iOS inspired Dock?

    Looks more like the Dock from Tiger...
  • the wait

    lots of cool improvements. Can’t wait for it to drop this fall.
  • Personal Hotspot

    Previously this feature was controlled by the carrier and would work with any Wi-Fi connectable device, not just a Mac so I'm curious to see how it will work come Sept.