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Apple unveils Mac OS Yosemite, iCloud Drive, Handoff feature

Apple (AAPL -0.6%) kicks off WWDC by revealing Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). As rumored, 10.10 features an iOS 7/Jony Ive-influenced design overhaul that includes translucent effects, new icons, and a generally "flatter" UI. Apple has also thrown in a "dark mode" for pro users.

Other new features include: 1) An updated Notification Center with an iOS-like "Today" view and the ability to (via the App Store) add widgets. 2) A Spotlight search revamp that includes integrated local/Web search and the use of location data. 3) A new version of Safari that delivers better performance and lowers power draw.

A cloud storage/file-syncing solution called iCloud Drive has been launched. Like Dropbox, SkyDrive, and other existing solutions, iCloud Drive creates a local folder that syncs with other devices, and with a cloud drive. Notably, it supports both Mac and Windows hardware.

Also launched: Handoff, a feature that allows users to move tasks between iOS and Mac OS devices with a mere swipe. An e-mail being written on a phone can be quickly moved to a Mac, and SMS chats and phone calls can also be transferred. The AirDrop file-sharing service now works between iOS and Mac OS gear.

The Mac installed base is now above 80M. 40M+ copies of OS X  Mavericks have been installed since the update arrived last year.

Live blogs: I, II. Live stream.

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  • Tri Duong
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    I've been waiting for iCloud Drive forever!!


    They need to bump iCloud storage from the 5GB limit though. It's 2014.
    2 Jun 2014, 01:53 PM Reply Like
  • nguyenvanphuoc
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    The best thing so far IMO is the ability to answer your iphone from any Mac - been wanting that for years...
    2 Jun 2014, 01:54 PM Reply Like
  • Three Cheese Fondue
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    Wow! Gasp! All this has got to be worth at least another $300 on the SP!
    Buying more!
    Can't wait for tomorrow!! I'll buy more tomorrow!
    Cook rocks!!!
    2 Jun 2014, 01:56 PM Reply Like
  • Davidoff
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    If I was you, I'd quit these antidepressants you've been taking...
    2 Jun 2014, 02:01 PM Reply Like
  • samkon
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    A lot of small but worthwhile software updates. I think family sharing is a great step to compete against some android "features".


    Where is the split screen sharing.. Hm.
    2 Jun 2014, 02:29 PM Reply Like
  • twist54
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    Handoff sounds very much like the WebOS feature that was used by HP-Palm a few years ago.
    2 Jun 2014, 03:15 PM Reply Like
  • pamefs
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    Comments (6) | Send Message
    the big question is....which day of this week to start buying more.....
    2 Jun 2014, 09:16 PM Reply Like
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