Apple has been in the news lately with the recent release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Pay and of course, the amazing bending phone videos. What you may not have heard is the release of the Apple Safari browser upgrade—Yosemite.
With iOS X Yosemite, Apple set out
to elevate the Mac user experience. Yosemite offers a wide array of features. Of
course, Yosemite has a lot more than just new graphics and typefaces. What is
different is that the operating system unites Apple’s desktop and mobile
devices in ways they’ve never worked together before. Plus, there are added privacy
and security features Apple lovers will find delicious.
Most computer users have more than one device. Yosemite’s new Handoff Contact feature lets users view a contact on
an iPhone and easily access the same contact when they’re near a Mac.
Imagine you are reading a story in Safari on a Mac Mini, then you check your
stocks with an iPad. Now you can automatically handoff activities to another
device and pick up where you left off. A Safari icon will appear at the bottom
left of your iPad’s lock screen, waiting to be swiped to take you to the same
story in Safari on the tablet. This amazingly fluid feature works between iOS
apps and Safari.
2. Calling Capabilities
Skype and Google Voice users have
been yammering away on Macs. But Yosemite uses a new technology called
“Continuity” that uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to link iDevices and Macs owned by
the same user to push phone calls from iPhones to Apple computers and even
Caution: This feature is enabled by default.
It may be a bit unsettling the first time your iMac rings, especially if you’re
at work. But you’ll love the standard calling features like call waiting,
conference calling, and even custom ringtones. SMS text messages, not just
iMessages, get displayed in the Messages app, turning your MacBook into a
3. Privacy and Security
Prior to Yosemite, Safari’s Private
Browsing mode was the best way to ensure Apple’s web browser kept your secrets
secret. This release introduces more security features like a custom history
clearing option that lets users clear history, cookies and other data from the
previous session. In addition, Apple has added DuckDuckGo, a non-tracking
search engine that doesn’t store users’ data. With Continuity features of its
own, a Safari browser running on an Apple computer can share its history with
browsers on associated iPhones and iPads, and can also close tabs left open on
the iOS devices. This is a great way to ensure people don’t view your browsing
habits on your mobile devices.
4. Edit Email Attachments
Yosemite’s Mail app lets users make
edits to attachments within the email window. These tools allow you to insert text,
scrawl a signature and doodle a diagram directly from Mail. You can even
leverage Handoff and finish an email from another device. This feature may not
seem huge, but it is long overdue and offers unbridled convenience when using
Yosemite marks the end of emailing
files from your mobile device to your desktop. Introduced in iOS 7, AirDrop allowed
two iDevices to transfer files wirelessly. However, these handhelds couldn’t
send files to Macs. With Yosemite, that’s now possible. It’s such a simple
feature but finally, all your devices can interact with each other. Easy peasy.
Apple has created greater fluidity
with its devices, creating a seamless experience for users. This is much like
how vCita LiveSite creates a seamless web-to-end experience for online
It’s after dinner, you’ve put the
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