Apple announces OS X Yosemite with new amazing features

Apple today – at its developer conference in San Francisco — announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X.

OS X Yosemite has a fresh, modern look and comes with new continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid than ever.

The new Today view in Notification Center gives you everything in one place. iCloud Drive is located within the Finder and can store files of any type. Safari has a new streamlined design that puts vital controls at your fingertips.

Mail makes editing and sending attachments easier than ever; Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other; Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Yosemite gives you the ability to make iPhone calls on your Mac, said Apple in a statement.

The new Today view in Notification Center gives you a quick look at everything you need to know with widgets for Calendar, Weather, Stocks, Reminders, World Clock and social networks. You can download additional widgets from the Mac App Store to customize your Today view.

Apple OS X Yosemite

Spotlight now appears front and center on your desktop and adds new categories of results, so you can view rich suggestions from Wikipedia, Maps, Bing, App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, top websites, news and movie showtimes.

iCloud Drive works like any other folder on your Mac, so you can drag documents into it, organize them with folders and Tags and search for them using Spotlight. With iCloud Drive, you can access all your files in iCloud from your Mac, iPhone, iPad or even a Windows PC.

Safari has a new streamlined design that puts important controls at your fingertips. A new Favorites view gives you quick access to your favorite websites, and a new Tabs view displays thumbnails of all your open web pages in one window.

Apple said Safari also gives you more control over your privacy, with separate Private Browsing windows and built-in support for DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track users. When you search for popular or common terms, new Spotlight Suggestions appear along with the suggestions from your search provider.

Safari supports the latest web standards, including WebGL and SPDY, and with support for HTML5 Premium Video Extensions, you can watch Netflix HD videos for up to two hours longer. Powered by the Nitro JavaScript engine, Safari is over six times faster than Firefox and over five times faster than Chrome when executing JavaScript found in typical websites.

Mail makes editing and sending attachments easier than ever. With Markup you can quickly fill out and sign forms and even annotate images and PDFs from within Mail. Mail Drop allows you to easily send large videos, images or files up to 5GB from the Mail app to any email address. Messages has a new look and delivers even more options for communicating with friends and family. Now you can add titles to ongoing message threads so they are easy to find, add new contacts to ongoing conversations, or leave those conversations you no longer want to follow. With Soundbites you can create, send and listen to audio clips right in Messages.

Mac users can participate in the OS X Beta Program for Yosemite this summer and download the final version for free from the Mac App Store this fall.

Anand B