OS X Yosemite
|A version of the OS X operating system|
The desktop of OS X Yosemite
|Source model||Closed source (with open source components)|
|October 16, 2014|
|Latest release||10.10.2 (Build 14C109) / January 27, 2015|
|Latest preview||10.10.3 (Build 14D87h) / February 23, 2015|
|Update method||Mac App Store|
|Kernel type||Hybrid (Mostly Monolithic)|
|License||APSL and Apple EULA|
|Preceded by||OS X v10.9 Mavericks|
|Official website||Official website|
OS X Yosemite was announced and released to developers on June 2, 2014, at the WWDC 2014 and it was released to public beta testers on July 24, 2014. Yosemite was released to consumers on October 16, 2014. Following the California landmark-based naming scheme introduced with OS X Mavericks, Yosemite is named after the national park.
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Yosemite introduced a major overhaul of OS X's user interface. Its graphics replaced skeuomorphic elements with flat graphic design and blurred translucency effects, similar to the aesthetic introduced with iOS 7. Some icons have been changed to correspond with iOS 7 and iOS 8. It still maintains the OS X desktop metaphor.
Other design changes include new icons, light and dark color schemes, and the replacement of Lucida Grande with Helvetica Neue as the default system typeface. The Dock is now a 2D translucent rectangle instead of a skeuomorphic glass shelf, reminiscent of the Dock design used in early versions of OS X through Tiger and in iOS since iOS 7.
Many of Yosemite's new features focus on the theme of continuity, increasing its integration with other Apple services and platforms such as iOS and iCloud. The Handoff functionality allows the operating system to integrate with iOS 8 devices over Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi; users can place and answer phone calls using their iPhone as a conduit, send and receive text messages, activate personal hotspots, or load items being worked on in a mobile app (such as Mail drafts or Numbers spreadsheets) directly into their desktop equivalent.
Notification Center features a new "Today" view, similar to that in iOS. The Today view can display information and updates from various sources, along with widgets. The widgets in the Today view are similar to those of iOS 8.
Spotlight is a more prominent part of the operating system; it now displays its search box in the center of the screen and can include results from online sources, including Bing, Maps, and Wikipedia. Stock applications such as Safari and Mail have been updated. In particular, many security features have been added to Safari, such as a custom history clearing option that lets users clear history, cookies, and other data from the previous hour, day, or two days. In addition, Apple added DuckDuckGo to its search offerings, a non-tracking search engine that doesn’t store users’ data.
The green "zoom" button on windows now has a different function in applications that support full screen mode. Instead of simply enlarging the window, the button now enters full screen mode, eliminating the full screen button at the top right corner of windows that has been present since Mac OS X Lion. However, holding the Option key (⌥) while clicking the zoom button or double-clicking on the window chrome continues to invoke the original behavior.:123–124
Apple initiated a new public beta program for OS X, a practice not seen with its operating systems since 2000's US$29.95 Mac OS X Public Beta which had preceded the release of Mac OS X v10.0. Yosemite is part of the OS X Beta Seed Program, a public program which allows the first 1 million users to download and test the Yosemite beta at no charge. Beta testers are required to acknowledge the potential risks involved with prerelease software, and sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). The program began releasing Public Betas on July 24, 2014. Six public betas of Yosemite were released.
|Version||Build||Date||OS name||Notes||Standalone download|
|10.10||14A389||October 16, 2014||Darwin 14.0||Original Mac App Store release|
|10.10.1||14B25||November 17, 2014||Darwin 14.0||About the OS X Yosemite v10.10.1 Update||OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Individual update|
|10.10.2||14C109||January 27, 2015||Darwin 14.1||About the OS X Yosemite v10.10.2 Update||OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Individual update
Most Macintosh products capable of running OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8.x) and OS X Mavericks (v10.9.x) are supported by Yosemite; and Yosemite has the same system requirements as Mavericks. However, in order to take full advantage of the Handoff feature, additional minimum system requirements include a Mac with Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth 4.0).
These are the models that are compatible with OS X Yosemite (with exceptions):
- iMac (Mid 2007 or later)
- MacBook (Aluminium Late 2008 and Early 2009 or later)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
- Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later)
- iMac (Late 2012 or later)
- Mac Mini (Late 2012 or later)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013 or later)
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Spotlight on Yosemite by default reports the user's current location (at the city level) and all their search queries to Apple and third parties. Reporting by Spotlight can be disabled by the user, although, even if this is done, the Safari web browser will continue to send search terms to Apple unless the function is separately disabled.
It has been claimed that many components of the operating system send data to Apple by default, similar to functionality provided by Microsoft and Google products.
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