28 Screen Shots of OS X Yosemite [Gallery]
OS X Yosemite offers a major visual redesign of Mac OS X, with heavy usage of translucency, transparencies, redesigned icons, a new appearance to the Dock, a completely redesigned Notification Center, and so much more. Set to be released this fall as a free download with tons of features to go along with the visual changes, let’s take a further peak at some of the official preview screen shots of OS X Yosemite (versioned as OS X 10.10 for those who were wondering), because it’s really best seen rather than described.
We’ve included screen shots and images of the OS X Yosemite Finder, desktop, new icons, new Dock, menu, various translucent effects, redesigned Notification Center, Spotlight, Safari, Messages, iPhone and iOS integration, and a variety of other pictures to help you get an idea of what to expect with the next major release of Mac OS X. These images are provided by Apple from their Preview page.
Quick side note before we get to the screen shots, we’ve had tons of questions about how to pronounce the Yosemite part of OS X Yosemite… well, being of Californian origins I can say that Yosemite is pronounced like “Yo-Sem-Eh-Tee” though some people also say “Yo-Sim-Uh-Tee”, either works. Ok, now that you can pronounce it… let’s move onto the fancy new Mac screen shots…
The New Desktop, Finder, & Icons
The general desktop appearance of OS X Yosemite looks modernized, bright, flatter, and generally pretty fancy.
Finder has been updated to flatten the general appearance, with simpler buttons and less use of bold text.
As you can see, the default folder icons are bright blue, while most of the document icons remain the same as they feature little previews of the file itself.
The window traffic light buttons are now completely flat too, appearing as solid red, solid yellow, and solid green.
Here they are in the Yosemite Finder:
Meanwhile, many default OS X app icons have also been redesigned, but most are generally modernized rather than going for the full-fledged flat appearance offered in iOS. Here are the redesigned Safari and Finder icons, for example:
They’re still easily identifiable, just brighter, and more modernized.
The New Dock, Menus, Flat Buttons
The OS X Yosemite Dock is flatter and looks borrowed from some cross between OS X Tiger and/or iOS 8, removing the three-dimensional shelf appearance and opting for a squared transparency instead.
The menu bar, drop down menus, and system menus in general have received a new look and a new font. The new font is generally thinner and modern looking, closely matching the default font of iOS 7 & 8, Helvetica Neue:
The general buttons and UI elements found throughout OS X Yosemite are flatter, but still easily identifiable as buttons.
Many user interface elements in Yosemite are translucent, thus the appearance of things will change depending on the color of that which is layered behind it. For example, this screen shot demonstrates the Messages apps appearance changing as it’s hovered over an open web page:
Safari gets a generally new appearance with a significantly improved tab viewer, a better way to browse iCloud tabs from other devices, and an updated slimmer UI to match the broader OS X Yosemite theme.
Of course, Safari also includes many under the hood changes too.
iCloud Drive is basically a Finder interface to iCloud files, a much desired feature that integrates seamlessly into the file system of OS X Yosemite. Copy files into iCloud Drive, they’ll sync to your other Macs and iOS devices. Looks easy.
Messages & FaceTime Redesigns
Messages has been redesigned and modernized, largely matching the iOS Messages appearance, but better fit for the desktop and still maintaining the OS X esthetic.
FaceTime has also been modernized in appearance, though functionality still looks to be the same:
Mail App & Markup Tools
Of course Mail app in OS X Yosemite gets a flatter redesigned UI, but it also gets some pretty nice built-in markup tools that allow you to add notes, scribbles, signatures, and other details to email messages, right from the Mail app.
Spotlight in OS X Yosemite has received a major update. No longer will it sit in the upper right corner of the Mac desktop, instead when it’s summoned it will become front and center, hovering over everything in a nice translucent actionable window. It’s also not only able to search the local file system, but also iCloud files, the web, Wikipedia, App Store, Rotten Tomatoes, Yelp for Restaurants, and so much more. It’s really set to function as a full fledged search engine, built directly into OS X Yosemite.
Spotlight search files:
Spotlight can perform on-the-fly unit conversions:
Show local showtimes for movies playing in nearby theaters:
And Spotlight can be used as an application launcher, and interact with the App Store too:
Notification Center & Widgets
OS X Yosemite Notification Center should look familiar to anyone who has used a new version of iOS… it’s largely the same in appearance and functionality. And, like iOS 8, it includes support for native widgets too.
Users can interact with Notification Center much like iOS, and they can also add or remove widgets from third parties and applications.
iOS to OS X Continuity, Handoff, Phone Integration, & AirDrop
The “Handoff” feature lets you continue a task started in iOS or OS X on another platform… for example, if you start writing an email on the iPhone but get near your Mac, you can hand it off to the Mac Mail client to finish writing the email. Many other apps apparently will support this feature too, offering improved integration between OS X and iOS devices.
This is part of a deeper feature layer called Continuity, that aims to improve OS X to iOS integration.
You can also now make a phone call from your Mac, by relaying it to your iPhone, basically using the Mac as speaker phone. You’ll also get alerts on your Mac desktop when a phone call is coming into the iPhone.
Additionally, users can AirDrop files directly between OS X & iOS devices:
Misc OS X Yosemite Screen Shots
Here’s an OS X Yosemite desktop screenshot with Calendar, Messages, Maps open, while an active phone call from an iPhone that is being made through the Mac is visible in the upper right corner of the desktop.
The OS X Yosemite desktop looks modern and quite nice:
OS X Yosemite will support a wide variety of Macs, and be available when it is released to the public in Fall 2014:
Many of the cross iOS-to-OS X capabilities will require the upcoming version of iOS, iOS 8, which is also set to have a Fall release date.
All in all, OS X Yosemite looks very nice. Keep in mind that these images, which are borrowed from Apple.com’s OS X Preview page, are from early beta versions of the OS X 10.10 release, and thus many things may change when the final release arrives this fall.
Want to see more? You can check out a first look at OS X Yosemite and some more of the new features, though the images there were captured from WWDC 2014 slides, making the pictures not nearly as appetizing as what’s seen here. Similarly, don’t forget to check out the iOS 8 features and first look too.