Apple has released the next major software upgrade for Macs, and it's amazing. Keeping suit with the new California naming scheme, Apple calls it Yosemite. Here are some reasons why you'll want Yosemite on your Mac.
1. Modern design
Every app has been refreshed to look more like the iOS counterparts. Everything is brighter, crisper, and more pleasant on the eyes. Text is easier to read, icons are easier to identify, and the new transparency effects add a bit more playfulness to your workflow.
Ever find yourself looking at a website on your iPhone and wish you could just hop over to your Mac and pick up where you left off? Now you can with Hand-off. On your Mac, you'll see an icon in the bottom left corner of your screen indicating what's currently open on your iPhone or iPad. Click the icon, and the window will open on your Mac. This feature works with webpages in Safari, messages in Mail, text conversations in Messages, calendar events, and a slew of other things.
3. iCloud Drive
Finally, we have the ability to browse files stored on iCloud in the Finder. Furthermore, you can now organize your iCloud files however you like, as opposed to keeping them organized according to the app you used to create the file.
Answer your iPhone with your Mac. That's right, if your iPhone rings, you'll be able to see the incoming call and answer it on your Mac.
Ok, so Spotlight has been around for awhile, but in Yosemite, Spotlight receives a steroid shot straight to the hip. Before, Spotlight was how one searched the contents of their computer. (It's icon is the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of your screen.) Now, Spotlight isn't just regulated to your computer's files. It will search Wikipedia, news sites, Maps, iTunes, email, movie listings, and more. Basically, if you're looking for something, Spotlight will find it.
You can learn more about Yosemite's features from the horse's mouth.
How to download Yosemite
First of all, we strongly recommend that you back up your computer with Time Machine before installing Yosemite. Stuff shouldn't go wrong, but let's err on the side of safety, mmm-k?
When you're ready, you can download Yosemite here. The installer file will take an hour or so to download, depending on your internet speed, and afterwards, you're computer will politely ask for your permission to install it. Installation takes about 40 minutes. Isn't that nice?
We want to help!
As you know, we at Appinstructor aren't just crazy about new software — we're crazy about teaching people how to get the most out of their tools. All in all, there are over 300 new features in Yosemite. We are familiar with all of them, and if we know of one that will help your particular workflow, you can bet that we'll tell you about it.
In the past, we've offered special "Update your Mac" appointments, and we're continuing that tradition. If you'd like, book an appointment with Appinstructor and note that you want a tour of Yosemite. (We have the installer file already downloaded, so it's super fast.) While Yosemite installs on your Mac, we'll give you a tour of its new features with our machine.
We're confident that you'll enjoy your Mac's new coat of paint and cutting-edge features.
I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister; Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.