Six things to look forward to in OS X 10.10 'Yosemite'

Six things to look forward to in OS X 10.10 'Yosemite'

Summary: Apple's next generation desktop and notebook operating system will land on MacBooks around the world in fall. Here are six things to look forward to.

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  • Refreshed user interface, including "dark mode"

    OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" comes with a slightly different user interface, with a few tweaks and a new font — with the familiarity of older versions of the desktop operating system.

    A new "dark mode" amazed developers when it was announced in June in San Francisco. It dims the user interface to make it more comfortable working in darker areas. It still needs a bit of work, as the notifications don't always appear as smoothly or as rounded as they could be. But expect a polished product once it launches later this year.

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  • Spotlight packs a greater punch

    Spotlight's previous incarnation has been limited to searching your pictures, documents, and emails — anything that was on your computer. Now, Spotlight will intelligently search around your location for anything that may be relevant, like bars, restaurants, and other online sources. 

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  • OS X Yosemite. Great for the Forward Thinking Mac User but Controversial...

    ....controversial to the established Mac User.

    Myself I sit on the fence. Current Dual Booting OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 with OS X Mavericks and thats how it will remain as I point blankly refuse to pay for yet another upgrade on Parallels Desktop. Version 9 is working sweet with OS X Mavericks.

    OS X Yosemite is a quality update to a system that even I admit was a little flakey appearance wise with little changing since OS X 10.5 Leopard. The best thing is Apple have kept OS X a true Desktop Operating System and chosen not to put the Mac user through a Metro like interface which the could so easily have done. I initially had fears OS X would end up with a similar appearance to the Unity Desktop but they were unfounded.

    No doubt there will be a mass of complaints from established Mac users. There was enough controversy when OS X 10.5 Leopard was released as it looked so radically different to OS X 10.4 Tiger. It is interesting to note that the OS X Yosemite Dock is not unlike that of Tiger (see below)

    So loads of fresh OS X goodness on the way but it won't be received well in all quarters.
    • I don't think "controversial" so much as "annoying"

      like putting back the OS X Tiger dock.... why give us the shelf at all, if just to take it away?
      • Re: OS X Yosemite Dock similar to that of Tiger....

        Personally I think the Dock is an essential element of OS X. I use nothing else when launching apps.

        The OS X Yosemite Dock looks much more refined in appearance IMHO.
        • The 3D shelf always felt like it took less space

          Though I recognize it actually doesn't, it makes the desktop surface seem a bit larger. Now I know you can go fullscreen, but I usually don't.
          • Re: The 3D shelf always felt like it took less space....

            Yes I think it was more like an optical illusion. Besides as with the 3D Dock it can be resized or hidden.
  • Verizon, AT&T, etc.

    What do the carriers think about the Auto-hot spotting ability and can they limit it???
    • Re: What do the carriers think about the Auto-hot spotting....

      Hadn't thought about that. It will be interesting as to the response. On the positive side it could help to drive prices down.

      I think its a case of watching what unwraps as a result of it.
      • Verizon will nix it

        My bet is that you will have to have a subscription to the hotspot service before you can use it.
  • Ugly UI

    I will stick with Mavericks and when time comes will move to Ubuntu
    • Re: Ugly UI….

      As I said in my previous comment "controversial release".
    • Well I agree but Ubuntu is as bad if not

      worse... Most of the *nx UI's take me back to Windows 98 or XP