Apple unveils Mac OS Yosemite, iCloud Drive, Handoff feature

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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.

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