10 things you need to know about OS X Yosemite

10 things you need to know about OS X Yosemite

Yosemite (pronounced yo-SE-mea-tea) is one of the natural treasures of California in the United States. It is a magnificent park which covers more than 3,000 sq km, or greater than four times the size of Singapore.

It is also, now, the name of Apple's newest operating system, OS X Yosemite.

Less well known is its meaning and therein may lie a clue to why Apple picked that name.

Yosemite, according to an online history source, means "those who kill", and refers to the Native American people who lived in the Yosemite Valley thousands of years ago. They were much feared by the surrounding peoples, who gave them this name.

So there you go, OS X Yosemite - the killer operating system.

DL looks at 10 aspects of the new OS, free as always, which Apple will release in the fall.

1. New font

This is the first change of the system font since the inception of the initial OS X. Helvetica Neue will replace the Lucia Grande font.

If you use iOS 7, the new font will look familiar. It is the font used in iOS 7 and iOS 8.

2. Flatter, translucent look

Apple design honcho Jony Ive loves to flatten everything.

The overall look of OS X Yosemite is flatter and more translucent.

The look of the Dock reminds one of iOS 7 and iOS 8. Translucent effects on the Finder let you see a little of the wallpaper.

Application icons, such as Finder, are flatter, with thinner and sharper features.

3. Improved Notification Centre

Unimpressed with the Notification Centre which contains only your latest e-mail messages? OS X Yosemite lets you customise the Notification Centre, where you can add or remove widgets, such as Weather, Stocks, World Clock and Calculator.

Hopefully, Apple will allow third-party widgets to be installed.

4. Better Spotlight

I wonder if Alfred is going to sue Apple. Who's Alfred? It (not he) is an OS X third-party application which speeds up searches. This sounds a lot like the new Spotlight.

When you type a query in Spotlight, it will move the menu bar from the top-right corner to the centre of the screen. It offers predictive typing with local and online searches from Wikipedia, Maps and Bing.

You can also start an app from Spotlight just by typing the first few letters of an app. For example, when you type "iA" and it brings up "iA Writer", just tap Enter to start the application.

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