After releasing OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 to developers earlier this week, Apple has just released Yosemite Public Beta 2 complete with a new iTunes version to Mac owners that have already signed up for the public beta program. More →
One of the best software features Apple introduced at WWDC 2014 is Handoff, a neat trick that will allow users who own both an iOS 8 device and a Yosemite Mac seamlessly move between devices while using the same supported app. For example, with continuity, Apple will let users send and receive SMS and MMS messages, and making a phone call directly from a Mac through an iPhone that happens to be really close by. Luckily for Android users there’s an app that brings some of that functionality to their Macs and/or Windows PCs. More →
Apple will release the public OS X Yosemite beta on Thursday, with 9to5Mac reporting that the final version will be released as a free download via the Mac App Store at some point in late October, possibly alongside new Macs that will come with high-resolution displays. More →
Developers and people with access to developer accounts have already been able to try out the OS X Yosemite in beta form for more than a month, but soon Apple will make the beta version of its new OS available to a much wider audience. As promised at WWDC 2014, Apple will roll out a free Yosemite public beta release this summer, so anyone who’s interested in running Apple’s latest operating system on a Mac can test drive it before it’s released this fall.
Apple has gone to great lengths to make privacy one of the main features of iOS 8 and Yosemite, which could be a very important differentiating factor for mobile device and computers buyers— especially considering the recent NSA-related leaks, the privacy-breaking practices of other companies and the malware that can affect certain other operating systems looking to steal personal data.
IOS and web app designer Luis Abreu has taken an extensive look at Apple’s new operating systems, revealing the ways they protect user data while offering more advanced features. In addition to focusing on the user-side, Abreu is also offering app developers advice on how to better adapt to the changes, in order to take advantage of the new iOS 8 and Yosemite features, while abiding to Apple’s strict privacy rules and requirements.
One of the coolest software features Apple unveiled on stage during WWDC 2014 may not be available to all iOS and Mac users, German publication Apfeleimer speculates. “Continuity” / “Handoff” or the ability of iOS 8 and Yosemite users to pick up actions started on one platform and continue them on the other – including calling and full SMS support for Macs running Yosemite – may only be available to iOS and OS X devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 LE support, which is apparently needed to establish a connection between devices. More →
Just as expected, Apple’s OS X Yosemite operating system has a brand new design that’s more like to iOS than its predecessor. Apple has employed various subtle and not-so-subtle design tricks to make the transition, while trying to preserve the same functionality Mac users have grown accustomed to when it comes to basic OS X features. Pixelapse has taken an in-depth look at Yosemite’s design, comparing it with similar elements from Mavericks, and highlighting the good, the “okay” and the bad design features of the new OS. More →
According to data from market research firm Net Applications, only 7.39% of the personal computers on the planet are Macs. While Mac users clearly aren’t a majority, they’re about to have access to some of the most impressive features the world has ever seen when it comes to utilizing a desktop experience that spills over onto mobile devices, and vice versa. More →
Apple did not unveil any hardware to go with its brand new software products at WWDC 2014, but the company may have several hardware announcements brewing for later this year. In addition to new iPhones and iPads, Apple could also unveil new Macs, including the first ever Retina iMac all-in-one lineup. The company’s OS X Yosemite operating system, which is already available to developers, apparently includes support for Retina iMacs, a Macbidouille reader has discovered. More →