Apple's new killer OS
YOSEMITE is one of the natural treasures of California in the United States. It is a magnificent park which is more than 3,000 sq km in area, or four times the size of Singapore.
It is now the name of Apple's new operating system, OS X Yosemite.
Less well known is its meaning, and therein may lie a clue to why Apple picked that name.
Yosemite, according to an online history source, means "those who kill", and refers to the Native American people who lived in the Yosemite Valley thousands of years ago. They were much feared by the surrounding peoples, who gave them this name.
So there you go, OS X Yosemite - the killer operating system.
1. NEW FONT
This is the first change of the system font since the inception of the initial OS X.
Helvetica Neue will replace the Lucia Grande font. If you use iOS 7 and iOS 8, the new font will look familiar as it is the font used in both versions.
2. FLATTER, TRANSLUCENT LOOK
Apple design honcho Jony Ive loves to flatten everything.
The overall look of OS X Yosemite is flatter and more translucent.
3. IMPROVED NOTIFICATION CENTRE
Unimpressed with the Notification Centre which contains only your latest e-mail messages?
OS X Yosemite lets you customise the Notification Centre, where you can add or remove widgets, such as Weather, Stocks, World Clock and Calculator.
Hopefully, Apple will allow third-party widgets to be installed.
4. BETTER SPOTLIGHT
I wonder if Alfred is going to sue Apple.
Who is Alfred? It is an OS X third-party application which speeds up searches. This sounds a lot like the new Spotlight.
When you type a query in Spotlight, it will move the menu bar from the top-right corner to the centre of the screen. It offers predictive typing with local and online searches on Wikipedia, Maps and Bing.
You can also start an app from Spotlight by typing the first few letters of the app's name.
5. AIRDROP AND HANDOFF
When Apple introduced AirDrop, the company's easy but proprietary way of sharing files wirelessly worked only between iOS devices or between Mac computers.
In OS X Yosemite, you will be able to share photos, videos and other files between an iOS 8 device and a Mac computer.
To this, Apple adds Handoff, a proximity feature which allows devices on both platforms to be recognised and detected.
So if you are typing an iMessage on your iPhone and walk near your iMac, your iMac will prompt you to continue writing your iMessage on the computer.
6. FLATTER, FASTER SAFARI
Like everything in OS X Yosemite, the design has been flattened, so there is only a top menu bar and the webpage you are browsing.
Yes, you still can have your Favourites bar, but Apple says you do not need it any more.
Once you type something on the URL bar, the improved Spotlight will search everything or auto-complete the URL.
7. DRAW IN MAIL
The Markup feature in OS X Yosemite's Mail lets you draw, sketch or doodle on e-mail messages. It offers you the ability to sign on a PDF attachment.
Sales staff will be able to draft contracts on the go, have clients sign them to seal the deal and send the paperwork back to headquarters pronto.
8. CALL WITH MESSAGES
Being able to send iMessages via the Messages application on your Mac has been around for a while.
However, now, you can make and receive iPhone calls on your Mac.
9. CROSS-PLATFORM iCLOUD DRIVE
Better late than never. The iCloud Drive is long overdue.
It is similar to Dropbox's cloud storage, but better integrated into the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite ecosystems.
It also supports Windows. However, it could take a long time before there is support for Android.
10. INSTANT HOT SPOT
Loath to set up that cranky Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection on your iPhone to create an Internet hot spot for your computer?
If your Mac is loaded with OS X Yosemite and is near your iPhone operating on iOS 8, the computer's Wi-Fi menu will detect the iPhone.
Just select your iPhone from the menu and your Mac will be connected to the Internet.