OS X Yosemite
Unveiled today is the new OS X named Yosemite.
AirDrop will also now work between iOS and the Mac…finally! This will now let you share a file from an iPhone to someone nearby on a Mac, simply by dragging and dropping the file to the Mac user’s icon.
Apple also talked about a set of features it referred to as Continuity, which lets you start work on one device than use a “handoff” feature to start working on another. You can start writing an email on your iPad and then switch over to your Mac. Your Mac automatically knows you were writing the email on a nearby device, and displays a notification in the lower left hand corner that lets you open the email straight away and continue writing from where you left off.
- Notification Center supports widgets.
- Receive iMessages and SMS on any device.
- Create a hostspot from your iPhone for your mac with one click.
- Yosemite will be free.
Continuity extends to your iPhone’s calls and messages as well. When you receive a phone call on your iPhone, you’ll be able to get caller ID and answer the call on your Mac as long as both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. When you answer the call, you’ll be able to use your Mac as a speakerphone, a feature that Google users will recall you can do with Google Voice.
Check out more on Yosemite here
Also unveiled was iOS8. Many new features to Apple but some have been out on the market for years on other platforms. Notably Health which Samsung has been offering for a while now. While I agree that the new features are a big jump for Apple, I must also say that unless you use nothing but Apple products most of the features will not benefit you.
To note as well, iOS 8 will only run on the following devices:
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPod touch 5th generation
- iPad Air
- iPad mini
- iPad mini with Retina display
Keyboard features finally makes it on the list. Swype like feature has been added (’bout time) SwiftKey Note and Flesky are now available.
Developers can also invite users to beta test their apps in a new service called TestFlight, which allows developers to see information about their apps from right within the service. The service is free for developers, and stems from Apple’s acquisition of Burstly, which offered its own TestFlight beta management service, back in February and they will also be able to bundle their apps, allowing users to buy multiple apps for a single discounted price.
Check out more on iOS 8 here.
Both releases are set to hit this fall.
OS X Yosemite Public Beta
If you want to take the next OS X for a test drive once it becomes available, hit up the AppleSeed site and sign up. It is limited to First Million Registered Users.
How can I participate?
To join the OS X Beta Program, just sign up using your Apple ID. When the beta software is ready, you’ll receive a redemption code that will allow you to download and install OS X Yosemite Beta from the Mac App Store. Then go ahead and start using it. When you come across an issue that needs addressing, report it directly to Apple with the built-in Feedback Assistant application.