Apple's next iteration of its OS X operating system is called Yosemite, named after the California national park and continuing the famous landmarks naming scheme established with OS X Mavericks last year. Yosemite features a flatter design and new app icons, which creates consistency with the similar flat design introduced in last year's iOS 7. Yosemite will also have translucent windows and a new "Dark Mode" that contrasts the brighter colors already present in OS X.
Along with design adjustments, Yosemite also makes changes to existing features. The Notification Center in Yosemite will function more like its iOS counterpart with a "Today" tab featuring the day's weather, reminders, calendar appointments and extra third-party info added via widgets. Spotlight, the built-in search feature, will include web results and function in the middle of the screen rather than the upper right corner. iCloud will function more like traditional cloud storage services like Dropbox and OneDrive, with support for storing and managing files and folders.
Built-in apps will see improvements as well. Mail has been redesigned and improved, with support for sending quick sketches and large attachments. Apple also gave the new version of Safari an overhaul with a new design and improved functionality.
Yosemite released first as an open beta for developers yesterday, with a consumer release planned in the fall as a free upgrade for existing OS X users.