A related feature lets you use your Mac to send and receive SMS text messages—the ones that appear in green on your phone because they're not part of the iCloud ecosystem. Another Continuity feature is called Handoff.
Click on the icon, and finish the message on the Mac—it's been handed off from one device to the other. You can also do the reverse. It took me a while to discover that I had to swipe the lock-screen icon upwards to make this work, but once you figure that out, you won't forget it.
Anonymous form close x. About the OS X Yosemite v As with Handoff, when AirDrop works, it's fantastic. Chrome has become quite popular on OS X, but the Yosemite version of Safari offers enough interesting features, including many features Chrome has long had, that it will be easier than ever to stick with OS X's stock browser. Spotlight can use your current location when performing those sources: Search for "pizza," and Spotlight will show you nearby restaurants and ratings. Sponsored Links. More than with any previous update to OS X, Yosemite offers a significant visual overhaul.
Handoff also works in every other OS X app where you'd expect it, including Safari which opens to the same page you were using in other device , Contacts, Reminders, Maps, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and more. One nifty feature for travelers is the ability to use your iPhone as an Internet hotspot. It shows up in Yosemite's list of available wireless networks like any other network—although you'll need to make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your phone and Mac.
Pros Technically spectacular. Cons Minor inconsistencies in Continuity features. Bottom Line Still the best desktop OS you can get, Yosemite is sleek, beautiful, and brimming with conveniences and new features. Top Previous 1 2 3 Next. Edward Mendelson. Get Our Best Stories! The Ultimate Cord Cutter's Guide.
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Unlike Windows, which fully embraced a mobile-ish interface, but failed to bring desktop-friendly mobile features along for the ride, OS X Yosemite is dedicated to serving notebook and desktop users. At the same time, it adds mobile functionality where it matters. The result is a wonderful operating system that provides the best of both worlds without slipping into a compromised, hybridized approach.
Apps and icons that emulate the texture of their real-world counterparts are out. Colorful, abstract alternatives are in. No individual part of Continuity is incredible on its own. As a whole, though, it does feel a bit like magic. The Contacts app provides the best example of this. What was once a bloated notebook, is now a simple white sheet. Finder has been updated too, with a roomier sidebar, brighter folder icons, and some tweaked button design. These changes sound more important than they actually are.
A quick refresher tour through Mavericks was required to remind us that the look had changed at all. Nothing in Yosemite is a better example of its approach to mobile integration than Continuity, which is a phrase that includes four separate features. Continuity lets Mac owners with an iPhone send text messages and make phone calls directly from their computer.
It also lets any Mac owner with an iOS device transfer app sessions between devices with a single touch. Setting up Continuity is as simple as ticking a checkbox, and the feature is turned on by default. We instantly fell in love with Continuity. Sending a text through the Message app on a Mac is easier than doing the same on an iPhone.
The new version of OS X, Yosemite, ties the desktop OS closer still with OS X Yosemite review Note: The successor to OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan, can be downloaded from the Mac App store. OS X Yosemite is a solid update for Mac users, but in order to make the most out of it, you need to.
We particularly like the integration with Safari. Phone numbers are automatically highlighted, and can be called with a single click. Speaking of Safari, the Web browser serves takes the spotlight in Handoff. Browser sessions can be instantly transferred between an iPhone, iPad and Mac with the touch of an icon.
This is handy, and works in a flash. Last but not least is Instant Hotspot, which works just the way it sounds. Using Yosemite, and a hotspot-capable iPhone, you can create a hotspot without touching your phone.
There are no plans to make these features work with other platforms. The addition of Continuity means users will be seeing the Messages and Facetime apps more than ever before. Users can now access their iCloud call history, and call waiting too. Yosemite only lets users call from Contacts, Maps, or Safari. Both apps have received a new layer of paint that brings their aesthetics in line with the look of Yosemite.
Both have a clean interface, with few options to distract or confuse users. To be clear, Spotlight is not entirely new. It has been a part of OS X for years. This new interface consists of a small box that shows results directly in the middle of the display. Your last search result is always saved, and it will reappear when you open Spotlight again. Search results are pulled from both local, and online sources. Windows 8. What makes Spotlight better is how it cleverly summarizes information, though. Want to know how many ounces are in a cup? Just ask Spotlight. The same goes for most math equations, along with Dictionary, Mail, and iTunes.
Search provides summaries of websites too, including Wikipedia, so you can find a quick answer to simple questions within seconds. Any file saved to your Mac or iCloud account is instantly indexed, and search-able. During our time with Yosemite, we found that Spotlight is now so accurate and quick that it nearly renders Finder redundant. That, in turn, makes OS X more understandable for users who find navigating files and folders a bit intimidating.
New versions of OS X also bring a new version of Safari, and Yosemite is no different in this regard. Apple has added or tweaked a long list of features. Interface elements have been compacted, which results in a slightly narrower title bar, and more room for content when Safari is used in full-screen mode. Search is now a tiny line flanked by a few options, some of which like refresh are context-sensitive.
The new Safari takes lessons from Spotlight, and provides excellent search previews that can include brief summaries, and thumbnails. Mac OS X Yosemite is an excellent operating system.
Tab management has been improved with a Tabs button that opens an interface which is similar to Mission Control. All open tabs are displayed and grouped by Web domain, so they can be easily identified and dismissed. This same view shows any open Safari tabs on other Macs and iOS devices registered to your iCloud account. Anyone who works with multiple tabs on a regular basis will adore this addition.
The share menu supports all major social networks except Google Plus by default. Apple has boasted that Safari is up to six times faster than competing browsers. Safari has made major strides in performance over the last few years.
Benchmarks aside though, Safari still feels a bit slow. Web pages load about as quickly as they do in other browsers, and using them feels smooth even with high-resolution images and video on-screen. Switching between tabs or the new tab management interface results in momentary jerks and starts though. Users receive 5GB of storage for free, but you can pay to get more if you want.
Anyone with iWork will find integration to be seamless, but users who rely on third-party software are out of luck for now, at least. At least managing iCloud Drive is easy.