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Apple kicked off its 25th anniversary Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco by recapping user adoption rates and a preview of the next version of Mac OS X, which will be named Yosemite.
Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook took the stage Monday to kick off WWDC 2014 and talk about OS X, introducing senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi to chat up the latest version of the desktop operating system.
Federighi detailed how the the engineering team traveled through California in search of the next great OS X name, discarding such familiar names at Oxnard, Rancho Cucamunga, and Weed to land in Yosemite — the name widely rumored over the weekend after the first banners were hung in Moscone West.
Featuring a flatter look and feel clearly inspired by iOS 7, and a translucent window title bar and Dock that ditch the final remnants of the metallic look of past operating systems, Yosemite refreshes application icons across the board. OS X Yosemite is also the first to offer a dark gray version, allowing users to switch back and forth to their liking.
Spotlight is brought front and center in Yosemite, with a translucent field that pops up in the center of the screen and allows information to be searched from top to bottom like never before. Spotlight Suggestions can also be used to search Contacts, Calendar events and much more, becoming something more like a desktop-based Google Now service.
Federighi followed up the introduction with a closer demonstration of OS X Yosemite, jumping from Maps to Calendar, which features a new, more detailed Day view. Notification Center also now includes a Today view similar to iOS 7, and can be customized with widgets, including weather, world clock, stocks, calculator, and more.
OS X Yosemite will be available this fall as a free update for OS X Mavericks users, with a public beta release to be released this summer for Mac owners who want to be first to give it a spin.
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