Today, I was greeted by an e-mail telling me that the OS X Yosemite beta was finally open. So, when I finished my radio show, I went home and immediately installed the beta on to my other MacBook Pro. First things first, it’s reeeeaally preeettyy.
I thought it’d be fitting to become a tech journalist for the day, and write something about my hour-or-so with the software. As the title suggests, it was pretty slow.
This is the first beta of the system, so of course it wouldn’t be running at full speed like the final release. I tried out the developer release of iOS 7 before that was released, and that was painful too. The apps all work as normal, just at a slower pace, but either opening apps or menus, is a painfully slow task. This isn’t something I’m going to moan about too much, because that really isn’t relevant right now. It’s the little bits and pieces that need close attention. The new typeface does work quite nicely. Showing it really close up in the original launch video didn’t really do it justice, as it does look really rather nice.
The first thing to slap you in the face as your first look at OS X Yosemite, is the new, old-school dock. It takes a page out of both the old and new Apple OS book, taking transparency from the new, and the rectangular, non-perspective-y design of the original OS X dock. It’s the one thing about OS X Yosemite that has me on the knife-edge. It’s the one thing I’m not entirely sure of yet. There’s nothing I can really point out about it that I don’t like, it just needs to grow on me. The OS X Mountain Lion/Mavericks Dock is the one I liked the most, just because it was sleek, and the ‘active app’ lights were just so cool! Now, they’re black dots. Which I find rather boring. The icons are great, there’s just that annoying transitional period (much like the one between iOS 6 & 7), where the app developers are getting round to updating their icons, so your apps are a horrid mix of old and new aesthetics.
Now I LOVED iTunes 11, and during my writing of this, the extra update came in for iTunes 12 on Yosemite. First thing’s first, it’s just gorgeous. I loved the album view, but the colour picker using album artwork was a bit picky and odd, which ended up in having either clashing or downright wrong colours representing certain albums. Now, this has been improved, and your new album view features a background of your album art blown up and heavily blurred, in-keeping with to sleek transparency theme Apple now love. The only negative thing so far about iTunes 12 is, if you look to the top right, the search bar and downloads button look a little too cramped. Little things Apple. LITTLE THINGS.
Anyway, if you saw it above, on the dock I have a purple feedback app. Sweet. I can only send ‘problem’ reports thus far, but the option of ‘enhancement reports’ (which is currently greyed out), will hopefully become available later. There are a lot of little aesthetic bones I must pick with you Apple.
The majority of the big things shown off at WWDC 2014 about OS X Yosemite were all linked with iOS 8, which the public don’t have any beta access to. So for now, you’re going to have to put up with what I’ve reviewed so far. The new features such as handoff I believe will be rather nifty, especially because I don’t use my laptop in bed, I use my iPad instead, which means it will hopefully be a nice, smooth transition. The other features, such as SMS and Phone Calls on OS X Yosemite will be awesome, as there have been countless times people have text me, and I’ve assumed the vibration in my pocket is relating to the iMessage I’ve already had and seen… Sorry non-iPhone friend. I won’t be ignoring you much longer. Also, I do hope there’s a graphical update to Final Cut Pro X, an app I obviously use quite a lot. Mainly to get rid of bevel (or ‘aqua’ as Apple call it), and have it all smooth, and gradient-y. Mmmmmmn…
Other than that, don’t be afraid of Yosemite. As much as iOS 7 had some speculation about design, we all learned to love it in the end. OS X Yosemite will be no different.