Apple’s last operating system, 10.9 Mavericks, didn’t work out so well for Apple or for their loyal users. All new operating systems have glitches and are often panned at first, but problems with Apple Mail’s integration with Gmail and Google Apps for Business caused millions of users headaches for months, some of which are ongoing. Email is sacrosanct for both business and home users, and constant interruptions forced many users to roll back to the gold standard: 10.8 Mountain Lion.
For a few months Apple produced various updates and press releases saying, “We got it, we got it” in response to angry users’ pleas, but at some point in early 2014 they seemed to give up and move on to their next offering: 10.10 Yosemite.
After living (and re-living) through the glitches for the past year with all of my clients, the last thing I wanted to see was a new Mac OS. However upon reading about it, the OS seems like it could be the best thing to happen to the Mac in a long long time. Here are some of the things that the new OS will allow the user to do, in no particular order:
Improved Cloud: iCloud will get a big upgrade and allow users to have a “drag and drop” interface similar to Dropbox and Google Drive. This will be Apple’s first bid to enter into a true Cloud interface and should have a lot of potential.
Voice Calls: Your Mac will turn into a phone thanks to Yosemite when used with an iPhone. You can make and receive phone calls using your Mac and when your iPhone rings, the caller’s name, number, and picture show up as a notification on your Mac. You can answer calls by simply clicking the notification and your Mac will instantly transform into a speakerphone. You can initiate calls via Contacts, Calendar, Messages and Safari.
Expanded AirDrop: AirDrop can now move documents and other items back and forth between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite via any phone or computer nearby. You’ll now be able to drop things like documents, images, files, web pages etc. from your Mac to your iOS device and vice versa.
Handoff: Yosemite’s new Handoff feature allows your Mac and iOS devices that are in close proximity to automatically pass whatever you’re doing from one device to another. For instance, if you start writing an email on your iPhone and want to finish typing it on your iMac using a full keyboard, Handoff lets you automatically switch over and begin where you left off.
Non-iPhone Messages: In the dark ages of 10.8 and 10.9, text messages sent from other phones used to not show up on Macs. With OS X Yosemite all of the SMS and MMS messages you receive on your iPhone will now appear in Messages regardless of what type of phone they are using. This is a big upgrade for all of us who are already addicted to texting from the computer!
I’ll go into more detail on some of these features in future posts, as well as let everyone know when this OS will launch. For now, enjoy the summer 🙂