A look at OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1, Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, and more

“It has definitely been a busy few months in the Apple world. September delivered the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with iOS 8, and a preview of the still mysterious Apple Watch. This month we got the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, the iMac with Retina 5K display, iOS 8.1, Apple Pay, and OS X Yosemite. Those last three points are some of the most interesting, and they all happen to be part of Apple’s software ecosystem,” Brandon Chester writes for AnandTech. “I don’t think that’s a coincidence. We’re reaching a point where it’s becoming more and more difficult to differentiate your products based on hardware alone. Great software driving a great experience is where the focus needs to be moving forward.”

“Overall, I’m happy with the work that Apple has done with iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite. It’s clear that a lot of this has been in the works for some time now, and integrating products and services to this degree requires a lot of planning to position your hardware and software so that it will be capable of working together in the ways you want them to,” Chester writes. “The Yosemite redesign has also gone quite well, and there aren’t as many jarring inconsistencies as there were with iOS 7 at launch despite OS X being a more expansive operating system. Apple has definitely learned from their experiences with the iOS redesign. That being said, there is still a lot of work to do. Apple Pay needs to expand rapidly, and iCloud Photo Library isn’t as far developed as I had expected it to be.”

Tons more in the full article here.

3 Comments

  1. The main problem I have is with handoff for mail, something I would want to use a lot, but it doesn’t work consistently. The problem is that OS X allows you to use custom from addresses when configuring say an iCloud account, but iOS doesn’t. If you start an email in Yosemite sending from your custom address, then handoff to your phone, it will show that custom address still, and will even look like it’s sending it, but because it’s not configured it just seems to disappear into the ether. I lost a few emails before it occurred to me, now I don’t trust myself to remember.

    Other than that I’m loving the increased integration and changes in iOS and OS X.

  2. Pfff. As long as the convergence of the iOS and MacOSX platforms doesn’t dumb down each platform and doesn’t break the platforms consistency. But I am afraid this is happening. E.g., carried-over interface elements from iOS in MacOSX, such as the launchpad, don’t respond to the usual keyboard shortcuts, e.g., cmd-R for reveal, cmd-I for info, etc. Why can’t we have smart folders (using tags that classify apps) in Launchpad, or just plain aliases, such that it is possible to organize apps according to different criteria (e.g., an app that is both a web browser and a web editor may be classified in both the internet browser group and the web design apps group.

  3. Does anyone know if the last version of Bento (4.1) works on the released version of OS X Yosemite? I rely on Bento and can’t upgrade until I know for sure. BTW, no Filemaker is NOT a good substitute for Bento given my needs (overkill in features and steep learning curve). Thank you!

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