Do everyday things in extraordinary ways.

The apps built into every Mac let you explore the world, connect with people and work more efficiently. In OS X Yosemite, the apps you use every day — Safari, Mail and Messages — are easier to use and even more capable.

Safari The smartest way to surf just got smarter.

In OS X Yosemite, a streamlined toolbar in Safari puts your most important controls at your fingertips and gives you more room for what you’re viewing. Safari also gives you new ways to access your favourite sites, manage your tabs and have more control over your privacy. With an improved Nitro JavaScript engine and support for the latest web standards, it’s the fastest, most advanced way to browse the web.

Less toolbar. More web.

A streamlined toolbar keeps the browsing controls you use most nearby, but out of the way of what you’re viewing. So you see more of the article you’re reading and the photos you’re viewing on every page.

More ways to find and view your favourite sites.

OS X Yosemite gives you great new ways to get where you’re going on the web — starting with the new Favourites view. Just click the smart search field and a grid drops down, revealing the icons of your favourite websites. Click an icon and off you go. Favourites view works the same way on your iPad and iPhone, so your favourites are always with you.

See all your tabs at once.

Click Tab view to see all your tabs, on all your devices, in a nicely organised view. Click a tab to reopen the page. Tabs from the same site are grouped together, so they’re easier to manage. And you can search tabs by URL or by a term in the web page title.

Surf faster.
For longer.

Browsing with Safari is incredibly fast, thanks to advanced JavaScript engine optimisations that make websites and web applications feel snappier. Safari in OS X Yosemite is also more energy efficient, so you can do things like watch Netflix videos for up to two hours longer.1

New features to protect your privacy.

Safari now gives you more control over your privacy on the web. You can open one Safari window in Private Browsing mode — which doesn’t save your browsing history — while keeping others in regular browsing mode. So while you do your online banking privately in one window, your browsing history is still being saved while you surf in another. You can also now search the web using DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track you.

Support for the latest web standards.

Safari has a long history of supporting technologies that enable innovation on the web. And that’s no different in OS X Yosemite. It now offers native support for Netflix. Which means Netflix video playback is more energy efficient than before, so your battery lasts up to two hours longer.1 Safari also supports WebGL, so developers can create immersive 3D experiences that work natively within the browser.

Mail There’s big news attached.

The best way to manage email on a Mac gets even better with OS X Yosemite. With the new Markup feature, you can quickly annotate an attachment you receive and send it back — without leaving Mail. And a new feature called Mail Drop lets you send large attachments without worrying about whether they’ll go through.

Send large attachments with Mail Drop.

Now there’s almost nothing that’s too big to mail. When you’re signed in to iCloud, Mail Drop lets you send large files like videos, presentations, even a folder of images without having to worry about your service provider’s limitations. With Mail Drop, when you send a large attachment, it’s automatically uploaded to iCloud. If your recipients use Mail, they’ll receive the attachment just as they do today. If they use another app or webmail, they’ll receive a link to download it. Mail Drop works with any email service. All you need to do is click Send, and Mail takes care of it for you.

Mark up attachments directly in Mail.

It happens often. Someone sends you an attachment that requires quick feedback. It could be a form you need to fill out and sign or an image you need to comment on. With Markup, you can click Reply and handle the changes directly in your response. Add shapes, text and call-outs to images by drawing on the Multi‑Touch trackpad. Fill out forms and PDFs, and add your signature by signing with your finger or capturing it with the camera on your Mac.

Messages Type it. Say it. Send it.

Messages gives you so many ways to start a conversation. When your iPhone is nearby, you can send a text message from your Mac to groups of friends, even if they use SMS. Or send a photo of your epic karaoke birthday party, then follow it up with a Soundbite audio clip of your encore performance. With Messages, it’s not just what you say, it’s however you want to say it.

Now every message on your iPhone appears on your Mac.

Messages on your Mac has always been a great way to stay in touch. But friends without iMessage couldn’t be part of the conversation. Well, now they can be. All the SMS and MMS messages you receive on your iPhone now appear on your Mac. So you can text any friend without picking up your iPhone. And the conversation stays up to date across all your devices.

Say it in a Soundbite.

Sometimes it’s nicer for them to hear what you’re saying than to read it. Record a quick audio clip of your voice and send it to friends without leaving the Messages app.

Give your conversations a title.

Name your conversations so they’re easier to find and keep track of. Talking about your group trip to Prague? Call it “Prague Holiday”. Chatting with your project team? Call it something like “Project Chat”.

Get more friends in on the conversation.

Need a second opinion? Or a third? Now when you have a conversation with friends, you can add participants without having to start a new chat. You can even drop out of the conversation when you’ve said all there is to say.

Finder Store any file in iCloud Drive.
Then find it on any device.

Welcome to your place in the cloud. With iCloud Drive in the Finder, you have a folder where you can store all types of files, organise them the way you like, and access them from all your devices.

iCloud has a new home in the Finder.

Built into the Finder window, iCloud Drive works like any other folder on your Mac. Just drag and drop any files into the folder. They’re always available, and changes you make offline are synced when you connect to the Internet.

All your files, organised your way.

You’ve got all kinds of files on your Mac: work documents, school projects, presentations and more. Keeping track of them is easy with iCloud Drive. You can create additional folders within iCloud Drive, and add tags like “School” or “Work” so you know what’s what. Rearrange everything however you want. And see it all organised the same way on your iPhone and iPad too.

Now your files go everywhere you do.

With iCloud Drive, you can always find the latest version of a file on any of your devices. You can also access your iCloud Drive by signing in to iCloud.com on any Mac or PC.

With AirDrop, sharing files has never been easier.

AirDrop makes sharing your files between Mac computers simple. And now it works between Mac and iOS too. 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. It’s perfect for, say, sharing a document with a co-worker in the next room or sending a presentation to a client across the table.

Photos in OS X is coming early next year.

Learn more about the new features of Photos in iOS 8