How Yosemite Will Change For Ever Your Apple Mac

Frederique Bros
on 18 October 2014

We’ve been waiting for a while the famous Yosemite release of the powerful Mac operating system now available for a free upgrade. Yosemite is the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system with a brand mew design, amazing features and powerful versions of the apps you use every day.

I will explain in details how to download Yosemite and how it will change for ever the way you use your Apple Mac. Truly it’s a revolution and it’s like getting a whole new Mac for free!

My first advice, before downloading Yosemite, check you are running the latest updates on your Mac.

– Click on the App store icon/updates, I noticed last Friday there was a new update for iTunes 12 with a new sleek look.

– System requirement: IOS 8.1

Download Yosemite

– You will see the below photo when the new system is ready for your computer, click on free

– Note it will take close to 3 hours to update your Mac, yes it’s a big baby of 5.16GB so ensure you have enough memory on your computer first.

– If you don’ have enough memory it’s time to a spring clean in your computer delete all the files you don’t know, the important ones, back up on an external hardrive, and don’t forget to empty your trash.

“OS X Yosemite ushers in the future of computing, where your Apple devices all work together seamlessly and magically. It’s something only Apple can do, and it’s available today.”

How Yosemite Will Change For Ever Your Apple Mac

A fresh look for your Mac

– The Dock has a sleek new design with new icons

– New font

– Translucency windows

– Streamlined toolbars free up space for your content

Handoff Pick up

– Start an activity on your Mac and finish it on your iPhone or iPad and vice versa – I love this one!

– Handoff works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts and other apps!

iPhone Calls

– Make and receive calls on your Mac even when your iPhone is in the next room

– Yo can make a call by clicking in Contacts, Messages, Spotlight or Safari

 SMS on your Mac

– All of your messages now appear on all of your devices

– Send and receive SMS text messages right form your Mac

Instant Hotspot gives you the Internet anywhere

– Easily activate hotspot on your iPhone right from your Mac

– Connect to your personal hotspot without taking your iPhone out of your pocket or bag


– Share files to another Mac or to an iPhone, even when you don’t have an Internet conection

Notification Center

– Handy widgets give you to up-to-the minute calendar, weather and stock information

– Add widgets from the Mac App Store


– Has a new design giving more info form your Mac, News, Maps, movies, iTunes, and more

– Convert currencies and units of measure (very handy!)


– Sleeker and smarter

– Advanced energy-saving technologies let you watch Netflix for up to 3 hours longer


– Markup lets you fill out and sigh a PDF form or annotate an image without leaving Mail

– Mail Drops lets you send messages of up to 5GB without worrying about whether they’ll go through!


– Give titles to your ongoing group conversations

– Start a screen sharing session right form a conversation

iCloud Drive

– Store any file in iCloud and access it form your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or even a Windows PC

Family Sharing

– Family members can now browse and download each other’s iTunes, iBooks or Mac App Store purchases

Yosemite also delivers platform technologies that make it easier for developers to create amazing new Mac apps. Swift™ is a powerful, next-generation programming language for iOS and OS X that’s fast, modern, interactive and helps developers write safer and more reliable code. SpriteKit makes it easier for developers to incorporate realistic motion, lighting and physics in games and when integrated with SceneKit, makes it simple to create games with animated 3D scenes and effects.

Pricing & Availability

OS X Yosemite is available as a free upgrade today from the Mac App Store. Yosemite supports all Macs introduced in 2009 or later, and some models introduced in 2007 and 2008.

For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, please visit

Continuity features require iOS 8.1, which is available as a free upgrade starting October 20. OS X Server 4.0 requires Yosemite and is available from the Mac App Store for a recommended retail price of A$24.99 inc. GST.

Images: Apple & mine.

That is a lot of new features, and all free. Please leave a comment of what you like the most in Yosemite.

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