Most of my working day is spent interacting with OS X Yosemite on some level. Whether I’m searching for a proposal on my MacBook Air, updating a website on a remote server or messaging a colleague — OS X Yosemite is at the center of my computing day.
OS X has been around since the turn of the Century. In fact, OS X's roots come from NeXT, which stems Steve Jobs company of the 1990’s. Of course OS X is much more advanced and refined than NeXT was, but there are still some minor improvements that OS X needs to become the mature operating system we can all embrace wholeheartedly.
One of those improvements is sound. The same sounds have been with us since OS X, 10.0. Some of those sounds are even carryovers from OS 9 (and earlier). While the System Preferences :: Sound panel may have changed in look, what we can hear from it remains the same.
Those of us steeped into Apple products often view the world through tinted glasses. We are so myopic in our opinions and views that it is hard to step outside ourselves and see what others see, because more often than not we love what we've got!
I, like many, have been using OS X Yosemite for almost a month now. While there is a wide range of opinion on the direction of Apple’s flatter design, one thing I have appreciated is the stability and speed of the new OS. For the most part it works as advertised and sometimes even a little better.
However, there is one annoying bug that I have run into — loosing connection with my mail server from the Mail.app. When this happens, it is like my Mac knows nothing about the name of my mail server. In Terminal a simple ping command returns the response that the server can't be found or that it isn't responding. What this requires me to do is to restart my Mac. So far, my best stretch has been three full days without running into this bug. It is starting to bug me (a bug, bugging me... how ironic) as I used to go weeks without even thinking about restarting my Mac. But when you can no longer send or receive email, it’s a problem.
With OS X Yosemite, just like with politics or religion, everyone has an opinion. Some love what Jonny Ive & Company have done to the OS X look, while others loathe it. No matter the camp which your opinion resides, here are 8 items you may have missed that have changed in OS X Yosemite:
OS X, the world’s most advanced operating system, took some large leaps forward in its latest release called Yosemite. Technology such as Continuity, Mail Drop, and users being able to send and receive phone calls via the Mac, all in a speedy new OS are great advances. But for all of Yosemite’s achievements on the tech side of the house, did it go too far with its look and feel?
Politics, religion, and you can add operating system design to that list. It seems there are no shortage of strong opinions for these three topics. Now that OS X Yosemite is in the hands of millions, it seems almost everyone has an opinion about OS X’s evolution towards a more iOS look. Go to any message board or follow anyone of Mac significance on Twitter, and you’ll find the words “love”, “hate”, “awful”, “great” in abundance — with lots of exclamation points.
Will Apple’s OS X Yosemite Spotlight Search be used by the masses? Will dark mode be the default go-to look and feel? Will Continuity be a must users simply won’t be able to live without? Like test driving a car, once purchased, the owners continued long term use reveals the gimmicky sales tools versus what features are truly useful. In many respects new OS releases are much the same. Widgets once seemed like a great default tool to quickly discover weather, stock prices and flight times. Fast forward a few years and OS X Widgets are rarely developed for or used. Sherlock seemed a sure bet, then morphed into Spotlight, but was limited in only finding things on your local drive. Now Spotlight has been given a rebirth in Yosemite under its new name, Spotlight Search. Long term value of such tools will be discovered over time, thus, here are some initial impressions of Apple’s newly minted OS.
We have predicted, and now it comes true — here, here and here. Apple is to hold a special event on October 16, 2014, with the teaser on the invitation stating "It's been way too long." Since the Cook-era at Apple, this is the third year in a row where the company has held a special event in both the months of September and October.
October is a special month for Apple as it is the first month in its fiscal year, which is important on many levels. Most importantly, launching new products at the beginning of their fiscal year sets the stage as to what must happen throughout the next 12 months in order to make internal projections. If a product is given 12 months to succeed, versus 6 months, less panic sets in and clear thinking can prevail. October also allows enough time for newly announced products make their way onto store shelves and into shopping carts for the Christmas season.