Yosemite is here with a bunch of new features, but a few of the best things are hidden away. Here are 10 hidden features you might not have noticed yet.
10. QuickType Anywhere
Yosemite has a iOS 8-like QuickType feature. When you’re writing in any Apple app, just press the ESC key to bring up suggestions for the next word.
9. Flyover in Maps
If you want to take a quick tour of a city, Apple’s added its 3D Flyover feature to Maps. Just type in the name of a supported city, click the 3D Flyover Tour button, and off you go.
8. Remotely Close Tabs on Your iOS Device
Accidentally leave an embarrassing tab open on your iPad and need to close it remotely before someone sees it? Just load up Safari on your Mac, hit the new tab page, and click the X next to any tabs you want to close.
7. Mute Message Threads in Messages
You can now mute conversations in the Messages app just you like can on iOS. Simply click the Details button and select Do Not Disturb.
6. Shift-Click the Dock to Move It
Don’t like the dock on the bottom of the screen? Shift-click the divider bar on the dock to move it to one of the other sides of your screen.
5. Record iOS Screens
You can now record your iOS device’s screen. While not particularly useful for most of us, it is a cool feature if you want to make videos of whatever you’re doing on your iPhone. Unfortunately, you’ll need to connect your iOS device to your Mac with a cable, then load up any recording program to find your iOS device listed as a camera.
4. Convert Currency in Spotlight
Spotlight can now do unit conversions. Type in the amount you want and the currency you need to convert it to and Spotlight does the rest.
3. Input Signatures via Trackpad in Mail
On top of the old ability to input your signature using your iSight camera, you can now use the trackpad on your MacBook to sign documents. Just load up any document in Preview (or using Markup on Mail), click the signature button, and choose the trackpad option.
2. Share Your Screen from Messages
Screen sharing is even easier in Yosemite. If both users have Messages, you can click the Details button and select the screen sharing icon to instantly share your screen with someone. This should make tech support a little easier for everyone.
1. Dark Mode
Yosemite now has a Dark Mode for when you’re working late at night. Just head to System Preferences > General and click the “Use dark menu bar and Dock” button. Both will go dark and be a little easier on your eyes.