OS X is the operating system that powers every Mac. Built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation, it’s engineered to take full advantage of what the hardware is capable of. It’s designed to be as easy to use as it is beautiful to look at. It comes with an amazing collection of apps you’ll use — and love — every day. And it enables your Mac and iOS devices to work wonderfully together.
Software and hardware made for each other.
OS X is built to bring out the best in your Mac, so you get a fully integrated system in which everything works together seamlessly. It works with the processor in your Mac to deliver the best possible performance. It works with the super-responsive trackpad in Mac notebooks so Multi-Touch gestures feel natural to use. OS X works with your Mac hardware to keep the entire system up to date while it sleeps.1 Advanced power-saving technologies help extend battery life. And OS X is designed for the gorgeous Mac displays, including high-resolution Retina displays, so fonts look crisp and graphics are vivid.
Mac and iOS are connected like never before.
With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, your devices work together in even smarter ways. Now you can make and receive iPhone calls on your Mac, even if your iPhone is in another room. Send and receive both iMessage and SMS text messages on your Mac. Start an email, document, or browsing session on one device and instantly pick it up on another. And turn on the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone right from your Mac so you can get online in an instant.2Learn more about Continuity
Easy to learn. Easy to use. Easy to love.
From the desktop you see when you start up your Mac to the applications you use every day, everything is designed to be easy and intuitive. On a Mac, it’s easy to find, share, and do just about everything. You can control your Mac with simple, intuitive gestures. The Dock lets you launch your favorite apps with a click. Launchpad gives you quick access to your full library of apps. The Finder lets you browse and organize your files on your Mac and in iCloud with ease. Spotlight search makes locating documents, launching apps, and looking up information effortless. You can even have your apps and the operating system software update automatically. In fact, a Mac does so many things automatically, sometimes you don’t have to do anything at all.
Multi-Touch, Mac style.
We believe the best way to bring Multi-Touch gestures to a computer is on the horizontal surface of a trackpad. So navigating your Mac using your fingers to tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe feels perfectly natural. And because Apple makes both the hardware and software, Multi-Touch gestures are remarkably precise. When you scroll down, your document scrolls down. When you scroll up, your web page scrolls up. When you swipe left, your photos move left. These and other gestures make all you do on your Mac easy, intuitive, and fun.
Built for power. From the ground up.
Making powerful things simple requires some seriously advanced technologies. OS X is loaded with them. It’s built on a rock-solid, time-tested UNIX foundation that provides unparalleled stability and industry-leading support for Internet standards. OS X takes full advantage of the multicore Intel processors and fast flash storage to handle any task. And the incredible graphics capabilities in OS X supply applications like Final Cut Pro with impressive video editing power. Learn more about OS X advanced technologies
Advanced features for power users. And everybody else, too.
As a desktop operating system, OS X offers powerful ways to get work done as efficiently as possible. For example, you can organize, view, and find files in your system any way you want. With Finder Tabs, you can consolidate multiple Finder windows into a single window. And you can label your files with tags so you can easily organize files by project, without having to move them into a folder. If you like to work with multiple applications at the same time, Mission Control gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything that’s running on your system. And if you want to use a second display with your Mac, just plug it in — no configuration required. If you have an Apple TV, you can even use your HDTV as a fully functional second display over your wireless network.
Amazing apps for everyday things.
With every new Mac, you get a collection of six powerful productivity and creativity apps: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. And you get more great apps for the things you do every day: surf the web, make FaceTime video calls, send messages, get driving directions, manage your contacts, send email, and more. If you already use an iPhone or iPad, many apps will feel instantly familiar. And because they’re built by Apple just for OS X, they’re fully integrated into the operating system and with each other. So with just a few clicks, you can do things like view a map of an address by clicking a contact card, set up a calendar appointment from an email, or share a photo without switching apps.
Because they’re native apps — not web apps in a browser — they also take full advantage of the power of your Mac to deliver the fastest possible performance. In addition, whenever there’s an update, you’ll get it automatically. And with the Mac App Store built in, it’s easy to find more great apps. Learn more about built-in apps
iCloud. Everything you love, everywhere you go.
Thanks to built-in support for iCloud, whatever you do in apps like iTunes, Mail, Contacts, and Calendar on your Mac happens on your other devices, too.3 So, for example, a contact or a calendar event you add on your iPhone also appears on your Mac. You can send driving directions from your Mac to your iPhone. Add a meeting to your calendar on your Mac and receive an alert on your iPad. Buy a song in iTunes on your Mac and it can automatically download to your iPhone. Even start a Messages conversation on your iPhone and finish it on your Mac. And iCloud Drive lets you access all your documents on your Mac and iOS devices. So your files will go wherever you do.
Security was the ﬁrst thought. Not an afterthought.
Every Mac is designed with advanced technologies that work together to constantly scrutinize, encrypt, update — and ultimately keep your Mac safer. For starters, OS X includes a host of features designed to protect your Mac and the information on it. Gatekeeper makes it safer to download and install apps. FileVault safeguards data using powerful encryption. Sandboxing protects your system by isolating apps from each other, as well as from your system and your data. Find My Mac helps you locate your missing Mac on a map, set a passcode remotely, and more. Customizable privacy settings keep your personal information under your control. Learn more about privacy features
The best way to keep your Mac up to date with the latest security features? Just install software updates —the Mac App Store notifies you when you have an update. And because OS X Yosemite is available as a free upgrade, it’s easier than ever to keep your Mac safe with the latest security features and enhancements. Learn more about OS X security features
Compatible with Windows.
The versatility and power of OS X help a Mac fit in just about anywhere — including Windows networks. Want to transfer your files, photos, and other data from a Windows PC? OS X lets you do that easily with Migration Assistant. If you want to run Windows on your Mac, you can do that with Boot Camp.4 OS X has built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server, so you can use your Mac at home and at work and keep all your messages, meetings, and contacts in sync. And, of course, you can work with popular file types such as JPG, MP3, and PDF, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Learn more about OS X compatibility
Accessibility built in.
OS X comes standard with a wide range of assistive technologies that help people with disabilities experience what the Mac has to offer, including many features you won’t find in other operating systems — at any price. For example, the built-in VoiceOver screen reader, available in over 30 languages, makes it possible for those who are blind or have low vision to control their computers using key commands or gestures on a Multi-Touch trackpad. Switch Control makes it easier to navigate menus and operate basic controls such as volume, brightness, eject, and media playback. OS X also offers out-of-the-box support for more than 40 braille displays (including Bluetooth displays) and many other accessibility features, such as dynamic full-screen magnification, playback of closed captions, and a scalable screen. Learn more about OS X accessibility
Physical and Motor Skills
Literacy and Learning
Some features require an Apple ID, compatible hardware, and compatible Internet access or cellular network; additional fees and terms may apply.
Power Nap requires a MacBook Air (late 2010 or newer), MacBook Pro with Retina display, iMac (late 2012 or newer), or Mac Pro (late 2013 or newer). May require a firmware update.
iPhone calls require an iPhone with iOS 8. SMS requires an iPhone with iOS 8.1. Handoff requires an iOS device with iOS 8. Instant Hotspot requires an iPhone or iPad with cellular connectivity and iOS 8.1. Check with your carrier for hotspot availability.
iCloud requires an iCloud-enabled device. Some features require iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Some features require a Wi-Fi connection. Some features are not available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.
Microsoft Windows is sold separately. MacBook Air and MacBook Pro support Windows 7 and Windows 8.