Here at Goldtouch we often like to shine a light on the new and evolving mobile workforce upon which so many of today’s companies run. After all, whether we’re constantly on the road or we’re simply working from home, most of us are mobile workers already, toggling between various mobile devices and desktops throughout our days. As such, it’s important to make that experience as efficient, productive and comfortable as possible. Compact, lightweight mobile ergonomic accessories are an essential part of creating your mobile workspace. And so too is software that fosters a seamless transition between work you do across your devices.
That’s why we’re so excited about Apple’s June announcement about the company’s latest version of OS X called Yosemite, due out in the fall. With a more intuitive look designed entirely with mobile devices in mind and software that unites all of your Apple devices, this new release is sure to prove essential for today’s mobile workers. Here’s how.
1. Enjoy True Cloud Computing
When we were stuck to working on bulky desktop computers, accessing and organizing our files was a breeze. All we had to do was pull up the finder, locate the right folder, and there would be the file you were looking for. Now, however, while we might create that file on our desktop, we want to edit it on our iPad, make comments on our phone, and then mark up a final version our desktops again. That means that same file needs to be easily accessible on all devices. And a pen drive just doesn’t cut it.
OS X Yosemite’s answer to this is Handoff, which automatically passes data between nearby devices. There’s no need to save a document to an external device or email it to yourself. When you want to switch to your other Apple device, it’s just there. And this applies across Mac apps, like Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote — the list goes on. This is sure to save mobile workers a ton of time.
2. Easily Share and Collaborate With Colleagues
That same kind of instant sharing can also be found on Airdrop, Yosemite’s (pretty blatant) competitor to Dropbox. When you want to share a file with a colleague, all you have to do is drag it from its folder, deposit it into AirDrop, and voila, it will appear on a nearby Mac or iOS device. It’s another great way to move files between your devices, but it’s also great for collaboration, as you can simply send, say, a document you want your colleague’s comments on right to their device. It’s also great in sales meetings, as you can send a presentation or sales sheet right to your potential client across a conference room table.
The Maildrop features is of a similar vein, providing another attachment option for files that are too big for a regular email. Though, it should be noted that the Mail app’s capacity for big attachments has expanded. If you’re a Gmail user, this is the same as uploading attachments via Google Drive. Additionally, the new Mail app will allow colleagues to make comments directly in an attachment without any downloading. Therefore, they can quickly add feedback and turn it around to you.
3. Create Instant iPhone Hotspots
One of the biggest issues in mobile working is internet connectivity, as you’re often not in a place that supplies reliable Wi-Fi — and if it does, you’re often charged an arm and a leg to access it. Working from a mobile device like a tablet or a phone can mitigate this problem as you can always access apps like email via cellular data, but these tiny keyboards don’t make for an ideal on-the-road work session, and that makes collaboration with colleagues back in the home office difficult.
With Apple OS X Yosemite, your iPhone will create personal hotspots, which your Mac laptop can join automatically for access to the internet. While this is currently possible in a different form, on Yosemite tethering is instant. You’ll automatically see your iPhone as an option to join in your WiFi settings from the get-go.
4. Message Collaboratively
For awhile now, iPhone users have had the choice to text either from their phones or from their computers. Now that messaging feature has expanded so that you can easily add people. You can invite a colleague also working on a new project to a chat. You can also send audio files when texting is too cumbersome but you don’t have the time or need for an actual call. And perhaps best of all, Yosemite will allow you not only to answer calls through your computer but also to easily join conference calls with a click.
5. Operate in an Even Tighter Apple Ecosystem
As you can probably tell, the real overarching change that Yosemite brings with it is a much more fluid experience across all of your (and potentially, your colleague’s) Apple devices. That’s a big deal for the mobile worker; in fact, it’s the much needed software complement to the mobile hardware and mobile peripherals workers rely on every day. In other words, Yosemite is sure to prove an essential part of the mobile workspace.
What features are you most excited about in the upcoming OS X Yosemite release? Let us know in the blog comments.