Today in Apple history: Yosemite brings a visual overhaul to OS X

Yosemite more strongly visually resembled iOS than previous
versions of OS X.
Photo: Apple

Jun2June 2, 2014: Apple shows
off OS X 10.10 Yosemite for the first time at WWDC. Coming
after the Jony Ive-redesigned iOS 7, Yosemite boasts a change
in aesthetic that brings Apple’s desktop computers closer than
ever to the look of the company’s mobile software.

after the Yosemite national park, OS X Yosemite follows the
previous year’s Mavericks as the second Mac operating system to
be named after a famous Californian landmark.

Closer to iOS, but not merging

Despite what Microsoft has done with devices
like the Surface, Apple has staunchly opposed the idea of merging
its mobile and desktop operating systems in any meaningful way.
However, Yosemite made a few concessions in this area.

Along with
the visual overhaul — which either appealed to customers or put
them off, depending on your thoughts on the non-skeumorphic
look of iOS 7 — Yosemite meant that certain iOS notifications
would now show up on the Mac. These included Messages and even
phone calls, which Craig Federighi demonstrated by phoning Dr.
Dre from the stage.

In this
vein, Yosemite also introduced the ability to switch between
Mac and iOS with Yosemite’s Continuity and Handoff features.
This allowed users to start off typing a message on their iOS
device, before switching to Mac to pick up where they left off
— or vice versa. Users were additionally able to easily airdrop
files from iOs to Mac, and to more easily turn their iPhone
into an internet hotspot for the Mac.

Another big
feature of Yosemite was Apple’s attempts to fix its cloud
problems by turning iCloud into the Dropbox-like file system
iCloud Drive. Finally, it made Spotlight a more prominent part
of the operating system, and updated the look and feel of
standard apps such as Safari and Mail.

The operating system itself didn’t ship to most customers until
October 16, but developers were able to download a beta version
immediately after the WWDC keynote. The final Yosemite release
was on August 12, 2015, before it was replaced by El Capitan,
the last Mac operating system to be named OS X.

Were you a fan of OS X Yosemite? Leave your comments below. You
can also check out our original preview of Yosemite, featuring
a slightly more fresh-faced Ste Smith, below:


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