Apple has pushed out their OS X Yosemite upgrade to the Mac Store for users to upgrade their compatible Mac computers. Yosemite is the start of Apple’s unification of their mobile operating system (iOS) and their desktop operating System (OS X). Unlike Google’s Chrome, which can now run some Android apps, Macs will not yet be able to run iOS apps, but integration between the two operating systems is tight.
Visually Yosemite is a departure from previous versions of OS X. The UI favors a flat design with crisp icons and a clean overall look. Beyond the aesthetic changes and into the engine is where you’ll find the meat of the update.
Continuity & Airdrop
Continuity allows you to continue working from one device to the other without ever stopping, other than to pick up the next device. You could be working on a Pages document or an email on your iPhone and pick up right where you left off on your Mac or iPad. iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite simply share all of your device activity between each other, and it’s really seamless. Continuity will be a heaven-sent feature for those who typically use native Apple programs. Airdrop is also a long time coming. You can now share files to any of your iDevices and Mac running iOS 8 and Yosemite via AirDrop, no more sending files via iMessage or email to yourself.
Accept calls and SMS on Desktop or iPad
Getting calls on the desktop is probably one of the more useful additions, and it will surprise you the first time a call pops up on your Mac. If you happen to leave your iPhone in the other room and get a call or SMS, the call or SMS will ring on your Mac or iPad where you can answer or reply without having to run for your phone. The full functionality of this feature isn’t baked in yet as you’ll have to wait for iOS 8.1 for that, but that’s just a few days away.
The new Spotlight is an awesome upgrade to OS X. Spotlight now pops up in the middle of your screen and not only searches your Mac for information but also does a web and map search right in Spotlight. Spotlight could very well be a Google search replacement for some and at the very least a more useful tool for searching your Mac.
There’s a ton more to expect from Yosemite, but you may want to wait just a few versions before upgrading. While Apple has had a huge base of beta testers, well over 1 million people, there is sure to still be bugs and incompatibilities creeping up. My advice is to wait a version or even two before moving out of Mavericks, especially if you need your machine to work at optimal levels. Any new software will always have issues, so just be aware that you could run into issues. You can upgrade by hitting the link below. Let us know what you think of OS X Yosemite!
Update: Some users are experiencing install errors and Apple is working to fix that situation, so probably best to wait a day or two if you really want to upgrade.