Apple OS X Yosemite: Take a Tour of its Key features

Yosemite OS

With the successful launch of new iPhones and iPads, Apple is once again focusing on the desktop. Apple’s new Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite gets its first update after a month of its release. The update coded OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 can be downloaded for free from the Mac App store. The new version brings a ton of new features and connectivity to other Apple devices. But before installing the update, you need to back up your devices first. The system requirements for Yosemite remain the same as those for its predecessor- OS X 10.9

Yosemite offers clear, smart and easy-to-understand interface. Let’s take a tour of its key features.

Upgraded Notification centre

Yosemite borrows a lot of cues from iOS 8 for a more similar interface. The notification centre gets various improvements including Today view- a quick look at all your engagements for the day, weather, stocks, reminders and a World Clock. Replacing the dashboard screen, Notification centre gets widgets, once again copying the design and workflow of iOS 8.

New Spotlight

The new spotlight no longer appears as a small window in the upper right, instead, appears at the centre of the screen as a big window. It doesn’t merely search for file names, but can delve into applications and content on the internet. It will extract search results from Wikipedia, the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store and more.


Safari has been given a few tweaks that make it more intelligent and a little easier to use. The team working on Safari took a lot of cues from its mobile counterpart, and incorporated those into the OS X Yosemite version. The result is a new, streamlined smart tool bar, and better navigation. The address/search bar no longer shows the full URL instead displays the root domain URL of the web page. For example, viewing this page in Safari on Yosemite will only show you “” in the search field, until you click in the field, then the full URL is revealed. What makes it smart is Safari’s integration with powerful Spotlight. Another feature copied from Mobile Safari –clicking the search bar will reveal thumbnails of your favorite sites, along with frequently visited pages. Safari supports for multiple tabs to open.

Mail Drop

Apple Mail now eliminates the problem of sending large email attachments. It supports email attachments up to 5 GB in size. Adding large attachments is as simple as dragging them over to your email and sending away.

Family sharing comes to all your content

Parents get more control while allowing their kids to have lot of freedom. By enabling “Ask to Buy” on a parent’s device, it’s now possible to approve or decline any of kids’ purchases.


The latest version of AirDrop allows you to quickly transfer files between your Mac and nearby Mac computers or iOS devices provided Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enables on both.

iCloud Drive

Taking on other cloud storage services such as Dropbox, iCloud now offers much better top-to-bottom integration with Apple’s ecosystem. It allows you to store any type of file provided it’s less than 15 GB in size.


Handoff is an interesting element of Yosemite’s “integration” theme. It allows you to work on a document, compose an email, type a text, or searching for an address on your Mac and finish or continue on your other apple devices. But those files need to be stored on iCloud using the same Apple ID. Handoff supports Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts.

Call Relay

With iOS 8 and Mavericks, you’re now able to initiate and answer calls as well. So, if your iPhone is charging in another room and you hear it ring, you don’t have to run for answering it, as long as you’re logged into using the same Apple ID and are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can answer it right on your Mac.


Like call relay, you can now receive and reply to text message from your desktop. Like in iPhone, SMS text messages are displayed in green.

Instant Hotspots

Tethering works when you’re logged into a nearby phone with the same Apple ID. Simply click on the Wi-Fi logo in the Mac taskbar and choose the iphone to connect, you can now access the internet on your Mac via 3G or 4G. As long as you’re connected, the Mac will display the paired iPhone’s battery life, signal strength, and other important stats. Instant Hotspot will require an iPhone 5 or newer; a mid-2012 or newer MacBook Air or MacBook Pro; an iMac or Mac mini made since late 2012; or a late 2013 Mac Pro.