iCloud. It’s how Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch work even better together.
Built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation, OS X is
engineered to take full advantage of the technologies in every new Mac.
And to deliver the most intuitive and integrated computer experience.
Hardware and software made for each other.
Since the software built into every Mac is created by the same
company that makes the Mac, you get a fully integrated system in which
everything works together perfectly. OS X works with the processor in
your Mac to deliver the best possible performance. It works with the
Multi-Touch trackpad in Mac notebooks so they feel natural to use. Power
Nap takes advantage of the Mac hardware to keep the entire system up to
date while it sleeps.1 And OS X gives you long battery life
by working with the computer’s built-in sensors to dim the screen in
low-light conditions and even regulating processor activity
Multi-Touch, Mac style.
Use your fingers to tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe your way around
the Mac. Because Apple makes both the hardware and software, Multi-Touch
gestures are remarkably precise. This precision makes Multi-Touch the
most natural and intuitive way to use a computer. When you scroll down
on your trackpad or Magic Mouse, your document scrolls down. When you
scroll up, your web page scrolls up. When you swipe left, your photos
move left. These and many more gestures make all you do on your Mac
easier, intuitive, and fun. Learn more about Multi-Touch gestures
View Mission Control
Swipe up on the trackpad to get a bird’s-eye view of everything running on your Mac.
Switch between open apps
Swipe three fingers to move from one full-screen app to another.
Slide two fingers up or down the trackpad to scroll through documents, websites, and more.
Tap to zoom
Double-tap the trackpad with two fingers to magnify a web page or PDF.
Pinch to zoom
Zoom in and out of photos and web pages by moving your thumb and finger in a pinch gesture.
Swipe to navigate
Flip through web pages, documents, and more like thumbing pages in a book.
It’s remarkably simple.
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. And it all makes perfect sense, especially if you have an
iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The desktop is clean and simple. It takes
one click to open an app and a few more to buy, download, and install
new apps from the Mac App Store. On a Mac, it’s easy to find, share, and
do just about everything. And a Mac does so many things automatically,
sometimes you don’t have to do anything at all.
It’s incredibly powerful.
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. And the incredible
graphics performance in OS X allows applications like Aperture and Final
Cut Pro to give you unprecedented photo and video editing capabilities.
OS X is engineered to take advantage of the latest technologies in
It’s easy to get around.
On the Mac, everything is right at your fingertips, right where you
need it. The Dock is a handy place for all your favorite apps. From the
Dock, you can launch apps quickly and switch between them easily. If an
app isn’t on the Dock, you’ll find it in Launchpad. Go there to see all
the apps on your Mac full screen and organize them however you like. And
Mission Control gives you a bird’s-eye view of all your open windows,
so you can keep track of everything you’re working on. OS X offers
systemwide support for gorgeous, full-screen apps that use every inch of
your Mac display. You can have multiple full-screen apps open at once —
along with multiple apps in windows. And it’s easy to switch between
full-screen and desktop views.
Find, organize, and share files fast.
The Finder helps you find, organize, and access practically
everything on your Mac. And features like Spotlight and Quick Look make
locating the file you’re looking for effortless — even if you don’t know
what it’s called. Say you’re searching for a document, and the only
thing you recall about it is the phrase “surrealist painters.” Open
Spotlight, start typing “surrealist painters,” and your Mac generates a
list of files that contain those words. And with Quick Look, you don’t
need to open an application to know you’ve found the right file — just
hit the space bar and you’ll see a full-size preview. Want to share a
file with someone nearby? Just drag and drop to send it wirelessly
Sign in once with your Apple ID on your new Mac, and iCloud is automatically set up in all the apps that use it.2
So if you have iCloud set up on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch,
whatever you do on your Mac happens on those devices, too. And it works
the other way around. Update something on another device, and the same
update will be made on your Mac. So your mail, contacts, calendars,
messages, documents, data, and more go wherever you go. From your Mac to
your iPhone to your iPad and back to your Mac.