Apple kicked off its annual World Wide Developer Conference which will go on from today to June 6th 2014 in San Francisco. The opening keynote usually sets up the tempo and gives us a peek into what is set to be coming up in the days ahead and the 2014 edition was no different. Taking the stage, Tim Cook, unveiled the latest Mac OSX update as the first major announcement at developer conference. Keeping up with the tradition started last year, the new Mac OSX update is named after a location in California and will be called, Yosemite.
Yosemite will be available for free come this fall and the beta testing programme will be live starting today. You can enroll for the programme right here and Apple will let you know when the download is ready to go. OSX 10.10 is perhaps the most advanced update till date for Mac OSX and aims to bring iOS 8 and OSX 10.10 on the same design platform.
It has similar translucent windows as compared to solid ones that we have seen on the previous Mac versions, these transparent windows render the text and content below them remarkably well, at least as per the demo. Apple added a dark theme too, where all the apps and the overall feel of the OSX will be darkened to give a more comfortable experience at night time. Safari too has been improved with a cleaner look and an address bar that contains favorites as well as a new bird’s eye view, where you will be presented with your tabs open in form of neat squares.
Apple added support for widgets in the notifications center where you can also expand to the second pane for added information. Spotlight search has been made a little more comprehensive and will bring results from the web, wikipedia as well as local drives, and the search bar will be expanded right to the center of the desktop instead of one corner. OS 10.10 will also mirror your text messages as well as calls on the Mac so you can respond to texts or take calls directly from your Mac thanks to a feature called Continuity.
Apple also showed how continuity can be used to carry over a task which includes mail composition or editing a doc from an iOS device to OSX device as the Mac is wirelessly able to detect the iPhone in the proximity and give you a prompt to carry on the task on the bigger screen. AirDrop also works seamlessly between OSX and iOS devices. Not just this, app also improved the mail client for better sync with accounts and you can also send up to attachments as big as 5 GB via iCloud directly from your OSX Mail.
As stated, you will be able to download OSX 10.10 starting this fall for absolutely free.