- OS X Yosemite Has a New Look, Plus Hundreds of New Features
- OS X Yosemite Will Evolve Over Time
- OS X Yosemite is a Free Update
- Final Thoughts?
OS X Yosemite Will Evolve Over Time
OS X Yosemite, like its predecessors, will evolve over time. For example, Apple has provided third-party developers with a toolset that allows them to more readily tap into operating system features and functions within their apps.
The Notification Center built into OS X Yosemite has also been enhanced with a new Today view. This customizable feature can display content from the Calendar and Reminders apps, as well as a current and local weather forecast, up-to-date stock information, and interactive third-party widgets.
To customize Notification Center once OS X Yosemite is running on your Mac, launch System Preferences, click on the Notifications options, and from the Notifications window, click on each app-specific option listed on the left side of the window, one at a time.
In addition to what’s currently available, work is underway to replace iPhoto and the optional Aperture apps with a new app, called Photos, in early 2015. The new Photos app will be modeled after the Photos app for the iPhone and iPad, and allow for digital images to be viewed, organized, edited, printed, and shared, while offering full integration with the new iCloud Photo Library feature. This feature allows users to store, manage, view, and optionally share their entire digital image collection online, via their iCloud account.
As part of the added iCloud integration offered by OS X Yosemite, it’s now possible to take full advantage of iCloud Family Sharing. Among other things, this feature allows up to six family members, each with a separate iCloud account, to share purchased content from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore.
Family Sharing also creates a Family calendar within the Calendar app that allows family members to share appointments and events, while keeping other calendars managed by the Calendar app private. Plus, when it comes to sharing photos, iCloud Family Sharing creates a Family Album within iCloud Photo Library that participating family members can use to easily share and sync selected photos.