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OS X Yosemite: Top 5 Features Highlighted

Oct 18, 2014 10:30 PM EDT

OS X Yosemite: Top 5 Features Highlighted
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With the launch of OS X Yosemite this week, Apple has delivered a new operating system that is rich with new features that can make any Apple user's life easier, especially if you own an iOS device. The issue remains for many Apple users that they aren't always aware of the features Apple packs into its operating systems. With that in mind, we've outlined the five best features within OS X Yosemite that can help make life easier for Apple users.


With OS Yosemite, you can now wirelessly share files between your computer and your iOS device (as long as you have iOS 8.1 installed). Previously, users had to email files or load them onto a USB drive and then transfer them between devices. This will make Apple users' lives much easier.

To use this feature, go to the AirDrop menu and your iOS device should be visible there. All you have to do is select your mobile device and click 'send.' Even large files transfer with ease since files and information are shared using your Wi-Fi connection, though speeds will vary based on your Wi-Fi.


Spotlight can now search the web for you right from within the OS itself. That means you don't even have to open up your browser when you want to search for something. But the thing that makes Spotlight one of the most powerful search tools available is because it can search both the web and your computer and pull information from both.


You can now seamlessly transition between working in Apple apps from your computer and your iOS device. Whether your using Safari, Calendar, Apple Mail, etc. on either your phone/tablet or Mac you can pick up right where you leave off when you switch from one to another. This feature is currently only supported by native Apple apps, however, look for developers to start making other programs compatible with it, and that's when the fun will really begin.


You can now answer incoming calls to your iPhone from your Mac. So, should your phone be across the room when you receive a call you have the option of answering it from your computer. Coming in a future iOS update is the ability to send and receive texts from your Mac.


Plenty of people own iOS devices but use a Widows computer, or own a Mac but use a non-iOS phone. Apple wants to change that, and OS X Yosemite is the beginning of its big push to lure in users who currently haven't completely bought in to the Apple ecosystem. It's better than ever, in terms of integration between Mac and iOS, and it's going to continue to get better.


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