Yosemite Features #4 Through #8
4. iCloud Drive (A). It's about time Apple made iCloud more useful and transparent as a storage medium, not just a sync service. Aside from being mindful of potential privacy issues, I think this is going to really take off. Unlike iDisk, however, this time Apple will have to stay the course. This will be too important for Apple to someday say, "Sorry. iCloud drive is shutting down."
5. SpotLight & Search (A+). This will probably be the major, signature feature of Yosemite. For some background, see "Apple Lays Groundwork for Disrupting Google’s Search Business."
Apple appears to be focusing on the idea that data is not branded. You don't go to the Weather Channel to get weather. You don't go to Google to search for an article on red wines. Instead, you go to Yosemite search, and it figures out what you want and how to get the information. That means that search (and Siri) don't have to be forever tied to a capricious data source. This is a game changer and an overt shot at Google because Apple isn't trying to monetize Yosemite search. So far anyway.
6. Mail attachments (A). It's about time Apple took ownership of this problem. If an attachment is too large for your ISP's email service, the Mail App will send it through iCloud. If the recipient is using Apple Mail, it's transparently attached. If not, they'll get a URL to click on and download the attachment. This is going to eliminate an email headache average users have had for years.
7. Mail markup (B). Annotating attached images is something I do fairly often, but I can't see that its going to really pick up steam. It's one of those features that'll be forgotten until you need it, then use it casually, appreciative that it's there.
8. AirDrop with OS X and iOS (A). I can't wait. The business of having to use iTunes App sharing or emailing photos from my iPhone to my Mac is, frankly, obscene. While Apple says, "So with just a few clicks on your Mac, you can take a file from any folder and use AirDrop to send it to a nearby Mac or iOS device." While that doesn't mention iOS to Mac, I know someone who has tried it, and it (almost) works in Beta.
There are more features, like Notification widgets, some Safari changes, and a visual facelift. But I'm out of space, and these items are subjects for another day.
The bottom line is that I'm very excited about Yosemite. The new features look to be things I'm going to be using all the time — in contrast to some things in Mavericks that I've never gotten around to a dedicated exploitation of, like Tags. This feature list, more than ever, shows that Apple is attacking our modern day, fundamental problems, making life with Macs and iOS-devices better and more integrated, yet preserving the fundamental character of this fabulous Unix operating System that we all have come to love.
Best of all? OS X Yosemite will be free.