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.


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.

You can also call people directly from the Messages app, as well as make free FaceTime audio calls (Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive)
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. (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: 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.