OS X 10.10 Yosemite: OS X and iOS inch closer together

OS X 10.10 Yosemite: OS X and iOS inch closer together

OS X 10.10 Yosemite review

Yosemite does make compromises in its quest to integrate further with iOS, but there’s a lot to like here, and some really neat new features.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Yosemite is the second version of OS X since its reboot last year, when Apple switched from naming its annual OS X updates after big cats to places in California. It also neatly side-stepped the problem of where to go after 10.9 by avoiding the use of numbers altogether (although they do still exist in the geekier parts of the OS like System Information, where Yosemite is referred to as OS X 10.10).

So, what’s new? Quite a lot, actually, and nearly all of it in the name of greater consistency between OS X and iOS. That’s not to say that Apple is gradually merging the two operating systems – there’s no evidence at all that’s on the agenda. Nevertheless, several alterations and additions in Yosemite do tie OS X more closely with iOS 8.

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Even in the early days of its tenure, Yosemite can already be counted as a success in one way. According to metrics company Net Applications, Yosemite accounted for 36.6% of all instances of OS X, setting a new Mac adoption record in the process. Like OS X 10.9 Mavericks that came before it, Yosemite was made available as a free download, racing out of the traps on October 16. In comparison, Mavericks, which hit the App Store on October 22, 2013, gained a Mac-only user share of 32% after its first month of availability.

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