Final Version of OS X Yosemite Rolls Out to the Public as a Free Update
Article by George Norman
On 17 Oct 2014
Forget about the Beta version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite that was rolled out to the public this July. Apple recently announced that Yosemite, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, has been rolled out to the public. As of October 16, 2014, Mac users can get Yosemite for free from the Mac App Store.

“OS X Yosemite is the most advanced version of OS X we’ve ever built, with a brand new design, amazing Continuity features and powerful versions of the apps you use every day,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “OS X Yosemite ushers in the future of computing, where your Apple devices all work together seamlessly and magically. It’s something only Apple can do, and it’s available today.”


OS X 10.10 Yosemite – Main New Features
  • Interface – the operating system has been redesigned and comes with a fresh, modern look. Everything is clear, crisp, and easy to understand.
  • Today view in Notification Center – a central location that presents all the things you need to know. It has widgets for Calendar, Weather, Stocks, Reminders, World Clock and social networks. More widgets are available for download from the Mac App Store.
  • Spotlight – is displayed on the desktop and features new categories of results.
  • iCloud Drive – built into the Finder, it helps you safely store files in the cloud. Files stored in the cloud can be accessed from another Mac, from an iPhone, from an iPad, or from a Windows PC.
  • Safari – comes with a new streamlined design, a new Favorites view, a new Tabs view, separate Private Browsing windows, built-in support for DuckDuckGo, and support for the latest web standards.
  • Mail – makes it easier to edit and send attachments. Fill out, sign forms, and annotate images/PDFs with Markup. Send large files up to 5GB in size with Mail Drop. Create, send and listen to audio clips with Soundbites. New look for Messages.
  • Handoff – work on multiple devices; start an activity on one device, then pass the activity to another device.
  • Instant Hotspot – connect to your iPhone’s hotspot as if you would connect to a WiFi network.
  • Make iPhone calls on your Mac, by using the Mac as a speakerphone; send SMS or MMS directly from your Mac.
Info on how to upgrade to OS X 10.10 Yosemite is available here.

Get Yosemite and update your Mac today – and start paying for purchases with Apple Pay on Monday. Apple’s new mobile payment service, Apple Pay, becomes available in the US on Monday, October 20.

“Our team has worked incredibly hard to make Apple Pay private and secure, with the simplicity of a single touch of your finger,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The reaction to Apple Pay has been amazing. We continue to add more Apple Pay ready banks, credit card companies and merchants, and think our users will love paying with Apple Pay.”

Tags: Apple, OS X 10.10, Yosemite, Apple Pay
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