Apple has announced updates to OS X and iOS – the operating systems for its Mac and mobile device ranges.
OS X Yosemite will be released for Mac desktop and laptop computers later this year and introduces a new, flatter look which features translucent effect and new icons.
The update offers improvements to the Safari web browser, Apple’s mail software, which will support attachments of up to 5GB, and Notification Centre.
It also introduces the ability to make iPhone calls on your Mac and
a new ‘Handoff’ feature which lets users start an activity on one device and pass it to another – making it easier to move between a Mac and mobile device.
Apple will also compete with the likes of Dropbox by allowing users to store and organise documents, images and other files in iCloud Drive which is accessible on Macs, iPhone, iPad and Windows PCs.
“Yosemite is the future of OS X with its incredible new design and amazing new apps, all engineered to work beautifully with iOS,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“We engineer our platforms, services and devices together, so we are able to create a seamless experience for our users across all our products that is unparalleled in the industry. It’s something only Apple can deliver.”
An update to iOS – the operating system for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch – has also been announced.
iOS 8 will be available towards the end of the year and introduces the ability to share iTunes and Appstore purchases with other family members and new Health monitoring apps.
In addition, Apple is adding new predictive typing facility which it says “is smarter and more personalised”.