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Apple unveils updated operating system called OS X Yosemite

Mac OS Yosemite will be able to make and receive phone calls and SMS texts as well as have a new visual design, similar to iOS.

By Ananth Baliga
Apple unveils updated operating system called OS X Yosemite
Apple unveiled an updated version of its Mac OS X called Yosemite, which will be available to developers Monday with a public launch planned for this fall. UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

SAN FRANCISCO, June 2 (UPI) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled an updated version of its Mac OS X called Yosemite, which looks to link together its mobile and desktop operating system.

The new software is designed to look like its iOS operating system used on iPhones and iPads. The new OS sports a new look, a refined toolbar, new notification center features, and a dark mode. Apple VP Craig Federighi took developers at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco through the intricate details of the update.

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Apple users will be able to sync iOS devices and Mac OS X devices using AirDrop file sharing, iMessage messaging, and the ability to make and receive phone calls. The redesign also comes with newly designed icons, which will be seen on the navigational toolbar, also known as the dock.

"You wouldn't believe how much time we spent crafting a trash can," Federighi joked.

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Users can use their Macs to now make phone calls, including receiving SMS texts and will have Caller ID on the computer, with the OS being made available to developers Monday and a public launch sometime this fall.

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The day started off with Cook highlighting the success of Yosemite's predecessor, Mavericks, which was launched last year and has been installed 40 million times, making it the "fastest adoption of any PC operating system in history," according to Cook.

Apple had been naming its Mac operating systems after big cats before making a change last year using California-themed titles for future versions of the operating system. Mavericks was named after the world-famous surfing competition held near Half Moon Bay, California.

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The WWDC is one of the few events Apple holds every year and gives developers and observers an insight into what the very secretive company is developing. Many analysts predicted that Apple would unveil the iPhone 6 at WWDC but historically the company has focussed on software updates for its devices and left new mobile device announcements for separate events.

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