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Apple Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite: Test and Updates

Apple is certain: Mac OS X Yosemite is the big hit. But is that true?

Updates for OS X Yosemite

Was that exciting then: In October 2007 the doors of the shops opened and the rush for Mac OS 10.4 Leopard began. The upgrade cost a whopping 129 euros at the time - a costly new acquisition. The payment alone gave you the feeling that you had acquired something fresh, completely new. In 2014 it looks different: for 0 euros you visit the App Store at home, click on Mac OS X Yosemite and the new operating system is installed a good 5 gigabytes later. But what actually looks like installing an unspectacular security update contains tons of innovations and functions that also make Mac OS X 10.10 a really new system. Be it the simple changes to the overall look or the seamless collaboration between iOS and Mac OS - Yosemite has a lot to offer. COMPUTER BILD reveals how good it is in the test.

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Yosemite in the practice test

The new operating system for Apple computers is more than just a small update: Yosemite (pronounced “jo-ßemme-ti”, named after an American national park) brings a wealth of new features that bring the operating system very close to iOS and work should make it even easier than before. As expected, Apple is adapting the new OS X to the design of iOS. Yosemite is replacing the three-dimensional icons and windows with the flat look that is already familiar from iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad. This includes transparent windows that take on the main color of the background image.

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Apple's “New” handwriting

Yosemite also has a new handwriting, more precisely a new font. A big step for Apple, because Mac OS X has been using "Lucida Grande" for 14 years. From version 10.10 onwards, Apple uses “Helvetica Neue”, a thinner and more elegant font known from iOS. If you wish, you can also switch between light and dark menus - a function that is easier on the eyes in dark rooms. The test showed, however, that developers urgently need to work on their logo designs for the dark menu bar, since most of them are only black and therefore not recognizable. Meanwhile, the new font did not attract any negative attention - but only long-term use reveals whether “Helvetica Neue” has earned a place on the Mac.

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Notifications with widgets

The message center in Yosemite not only shows the incoming mails or Twitter messages, but also mutates into a news source. This is made possible by widgets provided by Apple and third-party providers. In future, the message center will also display world news, provide information about the current weather or show the time. The possibilities for developers are almost unlimited, because Apple offers a separate category for widgets of all kinds in the App Store - but this is currently still deactivated. Strange: Yosemite still offers the dashboard, but in principle one of the two functions is now superfluous.

Spotlight: Comprehensive Search

Spotlight, the search function integrated in OS X, has also received a major update. If you click on the small magnifying glass symbol in the menu bar in Yosemite, a search box will open in which you can enter any term. Yosemite then not only searches on the local computer, but also fades in files from the iCloud, finds information from Wikipedia or converts currencies or units of measurement. There are also restaurant recommendations from Yelp and movie tips from nearby cinemas and the iTunes Store. In principle, every new feature in the search is pleasing if Apple did not boot out the popular "Alfred" app with it. In Germany this function is not yet fully integrated; Apple told COMPUTER BILD that the new search results will be added gradually. That would be good, because the results of the search for surroundings are particularly inadequate.

iCloud Drive: Attack on Dropbox & Co.

Apple has had its own cloud service with iCloud for years. So far this has been very closed, for example, it did not allow the simple upload of any files. This is over now: With iCloud Drive, Apple opens the gates of heaven - also on Windows PCs. As of Yosemite, not only apps access the cloud storage: The cloud now appears in the Finder and offers full access to the storage space. Drag and drop files into the cloud window - done! The synchronization takes place automatically, also on iOS devices. Exciting: In principle, this is even a first step towards an open file system for iOS. Will Apple transfer even more responsibility to the user with iOS 9?

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Mail Drop: Email five gigabyte packets

So far, every mail program has come to its knees when, for example, you try to send a large video by e-mail. Apple knows the solution: Mail Drop only sends the actual mail to the recipient and simultaneously transfers the file, which is up to 5 gigabytes in size, via iCloud, so that the file can then be made available as a download for a month. It worked smoothly when I tried it out. Mail noticed the 200 megabyte test file and suggested transferring it via Mail Drop. After the upload, the recipient received the email and a link where the file was hidden and found its way to the hard drive as a quick download. File attachments can now be marked up in the email thanks to markup; this also works with PDF documents. If you paint a shaky arrow on the document, the system recognizes the shape and suggests alternative, much more precise graphics. Practical and intuitive.

Danger recognized, danger averted: If the attachment is too large, Mac OS X Yosemite suggests the detour via Mail Drop.

Safari: The great dying of favorites

The Safari browser no longer displays favorites ex works. From Yosemite onwards, these are hidden in the address line. If you enter a term there, Safari will display the saved bookmarks. But that's not all: There is also quick access to Wikipedia entries or other relevant web sites. Also improved: Articles and pictures can be sent to favorite e-mail recipients with a click of the mouse. And thanks to HTML 5 video streaming, Safari shows videos from streaming services, for example, directly in the browser window. The new technology also saves battery power; a MacBook lasts up to two hours longer. The new tab overview is successful and the refined design looks chic.

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Continuity: OS X and iOS go hand in hand

Probably the most interesting Yosemite features are continuity and hand-off. The convergence between OS X and iOS does not only take place in the design, but also at the functional level. Apple calls a new feature hand-off that enables continuous work on the Mac and the iPhone or iPad. For example, if you write an e-mail on the iPhone and cancel, the Mail app on the Mac logs on and displays the e-mail that you have started, which you can now finish on the desktop computer or MacBook. Yosemite completely synchronizes SMS messages, both messages from other iMessage users and SMS from other devices. Do you work with a Mac but don't have internet access right now? No problem: With Yosemite, you can use the iPhone as a modem and connect the MacBook or iMac with just one click, just like a hotspot. In the test, devices with identical iCloud IDs worked together seamlessly. Telephone calls and SMS on the computer are fun and sensible. Continuity has yet to prove itself, but it has potential for application areas of numerous apps - but here, too, developers are asked to take advantage of the new possibilities.

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Price and Compatibility

Apple released OS X Yosemite for free on October 16, 2014. The company has not only thought of users with the latest hardware, because older systems are not neglected either. OS 10.10 is expected to run on the following systems: iMac (mid 2007 or newer), MacBook Air (late 2008 or newer), MacBook (late 2008 Aluminum, or early 2009 or newer), Mac Mini (early 2009 or newer), MacBook Pro ( Late 2007 or later), Mac Pro (early 2008 or later), and Xserve (early 2009 through late). But unfortunately the motto is: the older the system, the slower and more tenacious Yosemite runs. An upgrade is therefore only recommended if the hardware has sufficient reserves.

Conclusion: Mac OS X Yosemite

The biggest advantage of Mac OS X Yosemite is clearly its inconspicuousness. After a few hours you forget about the new system and continue to work under the predecessor OS X Mavericks. The system works stably and looks familiar. And precisely where something was missing in older versions, the system now offers new functions: Continuity is very exciting and shows a different vision of the future than what Microsoft specified with Windows 8 - systems of mobile and stationary end devices do not have to look the same, but rather seamlessly fit together overlap. As long as you move within the Apple ecosystem, Yosemite closes the chasm between iOS and Mac OS.

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The installation and use of OS X Yosemite is so inconspicuous that one cannot speak of any disadvantages worth mentioning - unless new and courageous approaches are part of the demands placed on a new operating system. For developers, Mac OS X Yosemite is a curse and a blessing at the same time: Numerous new interfaces offer developers tons of new opportunities to develop exciting apps and expand their own programs. However, Apple has copied so much from successful concepts that quite a few apps appear completely superfluous by installing OS 10.10. For the end user, however, Mac OS X Yosemite is a thoroughly useful update and should - assuming the right hardware - find its way to the home computer immediately.


With Yosemite, Apple is still following a strict division of mobile and stationary systems in terms of design. While Microsoft dared to do something with Windows 8, but due to misconceptions, is rowing back again with version 10, Apple is successfully stagnating. With a collection of useful new functions and the interlinking with the iDevices, the impression arises that Yosemite is something completely new, but it is basically the old OS X with a few add-ons. The question remains how long the “desktop system” concept will continue to exist and how long Apple will use this strategy to gain market share in the global PC market. The change of many users from Microsoft to Apple shows that there is a great demand for new paths and innovative ideas. But what if Apple doesn't live up to expectations in the long run either? The tile look of the arch rival was not the last word - time that the developers in Cupertino came up with something.