Gallery: OS X Yosemite (10.10)

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Apple's latest operating system is now available for download but we know that not everyone will want to install the beta OS on their Mac. Unless you have a spare machine to load the beta on - as it is generally not advised to do so on your main machine - we have put together a gallery of OS X Yosemite to save you from the frustration of a partially working OS.

The changes make the desktop OS look and feel a bit more like iOS. With new, flatter icons and a semitransparent OS that reminds us a bit of Vista, it's a modest amount of visual updates that collectively make the OS feel new in the same way that iOS 7 gave the mobile operating system a new lease of life too. 

The early build still lacks many of the features shown on stage and it is certainly a bit rough around the edges as not every feature that is included works. But alas, that's the world of beta software, but it will no doubt all get fixed before the OS is released later this year.

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I also like what I see, but there is still a lot of work to be done. UI elements that just don't look right and many icons that need more polish. Besides that, keep up the good work guys and gals!!

Looks like the correct amount of 'flat'. Easily identifiable widgets, no glossy 3d and without the windows8 horrible flatness.
For example, look at the different shade between the back/forward buttons and the background color. Perfect color contrast.
The basically replaced 3d widgets with block color contrasts. Really wonderful designs here.
MS Windows can learn a few things from this.

I never tried OSX but I really like what I am seeing.

Edited by Hussam Al-tayeb, Jun 3 2014, 6:14pm :

fusi0n said,
Looks 10000x better than Metro.. Complain all you want..

That's -your personal- opinion.

-Other- people may not agree on that..... ;)

Dutchie64 said,

That's -your personal- opinion.

-Other- people may not agree on that..... ;)

True.. But my opinion is the only one that matters when it comes to what I use :D

fusi0n said,
But my opinion is the only one that matters when it comes to what I use :D

Well that's unfortunate for you.
I consider many opinions when I make decisions.
This is why, even though I'm a die-hard Windows user, I still read the WWDC details and even Linux conference information.

deadonthefloor said,

Well that's unfortunate for you.
I consider many opinions when I make decisions.
This is why, even though I'm a die-hard Windows user, I still read the WWDC details and even Linux conference information.


I said my opinion is the only one that matters.. I didn't say I don't get educated and try other products. I actually use OSX/Linux/Windows all on a daily bases.

I hope Microsoft updates the desktop in Windows 8. At least Apple has made an effort to make its two OSes look similar.

It's beautiful, I respect all the hard work.... And it's free! It's pretty good for free! I won't be complaining.

Still ugly as hell. And I hope you realise why it's free because Apple's hardware is marked up quiet a bit so they can afford it.

The menubar looked differently in the presentation. This looks like the old one while in the presentation, it was flat glass.

Lord Method Man said,
Its not like this is a leaked build or something. This is the crap that Apple decided to showcase and unveil to the public.

"Software in the beta phase will generally have many more bugs in it than completed software, as well as speed/performance issues and may still cause crashes or data loss. The focus of beta testing is reducing impacts to users, often incorporating usability testing. The process of delivering a beta version to the users is called beta release and this is typically the first time that the software is available outside of the organization that developed it."

Sounds about right to me. Stop whining.

it just like Apple is lost.
the original AQUA look and feel was beautiful and it feels like base ona great idea.
this new look is just a mess, huge mess.
Puke indeed.

No thanks. I've been thinking about rolling back from Mavericks to Snow Leopard for the past few weeks, throwing in a flat design is not an incentive for me to move forwards.

As much as I can admire Apple for certain things (no... Windows user here), as usual this WWDC was hyperbole as every year.

"New" features were announced, Windows and Android were mocked and 'statistical' charts were shown why Apple is 'Da Bomb'.

For most of the new stuff that was announced, Apple is getting back on par with Windows and Android.
Some things are nice, like automatic tethering.
A notification center on my desktop? No thanks....

For the new, flatter design, same thing. Apple had no choice as to follow MS and Google in this.
Siri has upgraded towards Cortana and Google Now.

Home and Health, already out there and integrated into a multitude of systems, Windows and Android/Linux. No need for a iThingy certified label.

Next step for Apple is new devices.
If the rumors are true, and we get a just an update for iPhone, iPad and Macbooks that isn't truly radical (e.g. touch/digitizer for laptops/Pads) things could slow down for Apple sales wise.
And no, a iWatchamabob isn't a radical new device.... ;-)

This is just not ready for prime time... If this is really what it will look like at the end I will stay on Mavericks

luili said,
This is just not ready for prime time... If this is really what it will look like at the end I will stay on Mavericks

It's a beta, you realise it's a beta? Also, it's free. Absolutely free.
If it was an OS like say Windows and you had to pay for it then you should complain but why complain about a free OS?

It might be Beta or preview ... still ugly as hell. And I hope you realise why it's free because Apple's hardware is marked up quiet a bit so they can afford it.

Why is everything flat? Windows went metro with solid colors and now this.. Why are we making things look less visually stimulating as an OS evolves?

Apart from being the current "in" style, the concept is that the OS and software elements (such as toolbars) gets out of the way so you can focus on the content you're working with.

In terms of the general UI redesign, after using it for a couple of hours, all I can say is that it looks weird, and I don't much care for it. The transparency effects look nice, but don't add anything of value and just add a distraction.

I do like some of the app redesigns, the Notification Center is much better, and Spotlight looks much better, but is still no where near as good as Alfred.

They've also ditched the solid grey background during start up (it's now black with a white Apple logo), and added a progress bar (which seems to confuse 50% filled for finished).

Chrome is having all sorts of issues (tabs crashing, title bar text rendered behind tabs, and so on).

Edited by virtorio, Jun 3 2014, 6:51am :

coth said,
Yeah, looks quite disappointing and not what was really expected. And it doesn't look flat at all. Kind of little lighter reskinning with new icons - that's it.

There has been some much much more professional fan concepts, like those
http://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/ivericks_max.png
http://www.ajambrosino.com/wp-...oads/2013/12/OSX11.0011.jpg

It's personal opinion and can't please everybody... I think that first screen shot is absolutely disgusting, the second is a nice concept but completely unusable.

I suggest you take a long hard look at Mac OS X Panther and Tiger. They both predate Windows 7 by many years. If anything the OS X Yosemite Dock looks like the one from 2003-2007.

Wow...the whole design is a mish-mash of different styles. I don't really pay attention to this stuff but some icons are flat, some are flattish with depth while some are still old style just updated color scheme.

There's something that puts me off the icons. Some of them look fine, but others lean a bit too cartoonish for the otherwise fairly clean look. And also, those forward/back buttons are awful IMO. Might look better as a merged button.

Except for the first screen, that looks nice. Still think a few rounded corners can go, but flat design rocks, well done Apple.

I have to say it doesn't look as good in real life, folders are fugly and there are a lot of graphic glitches - having said that there are some nice animations but I think the new search is going to take some getting used to and needs to stand out more (maybe dim the background when it's active) as I missed it every time I opened it and though it was broken.

AsherGZ said,
Seriously? :puke:

it just like Apple is lost.
the original AQUA look and feel was beautiful and it feels like base ona great idea.
this new look is just a mess, huge mess.
Puke indeed.

68k said,
Cool! If only it were available on DVD or a USB drive (330KB/s max where I am).

Sucks, but not beyond usable. I've downloaded much more with much less...

This would have never happened had Steve was alive today. Too much flat stuff. I guess this is new design fad. Did not expect this from Apple.

'The world's most advanced OS', yet it doesn't even have something like AeroSnap (even Linux does by default).

Linux is the kernel, you need to be specific, buddy. And it's not like any of us complain when we have a snap app to get. So yea, there you go.

Are these retina screenshots? They open huge when they are clicked. The icons are just hideous, except the trash can and the cute mac face. All the buttons and everything look like mockups and not the final product.

EDIT: Does anyone have the OSX 10.10 retina wallpaper pack?

ians18 said,
Are these retina screenshots? They open huge when they are clicked.

The first image is 3840x2400... which happens to be doubled 1920x1200

This may be a sign that Apple actually is working on a new Retina display.

And it's probably no accident that they chose 3840 for the width... consumer 4K is defined at 3840x2160.

It would qualify as a 4K monitor... and have the added bonus of a 16:10 aspect ratio.

Good stuff!

I disagree. I found previous OS X UI elements too distracting. I'm a fan of the new look - it's very easy on the eyes and still pleasing to look at. Windows 8 has some catching up to do. At least the icons are still colorful and the UI still has gradients (instead of just being all white or two/three colors).

Edited by 68k, Jun 3 2014, 3:43am :

I disagree. I think it looks quite nice. Also, not all the icons are completely flat. Look at the iTunes or Twitter icons, for example. The window panes are flat, though. Something different from the norm. Definitely welcome in my book.

68k said,
I disagree. I found previous OS X UI elements too distracting. I'm a fan of the new look - it's very easy on the eyes and still pleasing to look at. Windows 8 has some catching up to do. At least the icons are still colorful and the UI still has gradients (instead of just being all white or two/three colors).

Well said.

68k said,
I disagree. I found previous OS X UI elements too distracting. I'm a fan of the new look - it's very easy on the eyes and still pleasing to look at. Windows 8 has some catching up to do. At least the icons are still colorful and the UI still has gradients (instead of just being all white or two/three colors).

By the looks of it I would say that it's OS X playing catch up, since MS started the whole flat UI trend years ago.

68k said,
I disagree. I found previous OS X UI elements too distracting. I'm a fan of the new look - it's very easy on the eyes and still pleasing to look at. Windows 8 has some catching up to do. At least the icons are still colorful and the UI still has gradients (instead of just being all white or two/three colors).

I agree, i think this looks really nice. It's super neat & light. Though I don't know how much I care for the transparent sidebar.

x.iso said,

By the looks of it I would say that it's OS X playing catch up, since MS started the whole flat UI trend years ago.

I certainly wouldn't say OS X is playing catchup. I mean, MS might have popularized the flat style, but I personally don't think MS's graphic design is all that inspiring. Which is much to my disappointment as I use Windows 8. I wish MS had a more competent graphic design team to capitalize on the flat ideals they popularized.

Yeah, wow, a grid of static icons... a menu that opens and cascades into a myriad of other menus... new flatter icons.... a new wallpaper!.... a preview panel....

But the worst of all, those three circles at the top left or a window, exactly the same color and size, but each has a different function... the biggest no-no of computer interface design: putting elements that do different things next to each other and making them exactly alike... sacrifice clarity and common sense for beauty... Apple is so dead, this GUI has flat lined and it's in its way of extinction.