5 changes Apple made in OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 5

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Today Apple released the fifth developer preview of OS X Yosemite, its next major OS release for the Mac coming later this year.

Like usual, there are some noticeable and not-so-noticable changes in the new version of Yosemite. Don’t worry about spotting them yourself, though. We’ve got you covered.

The redesigned Calculator app is more translucent:

Old and new Calculator. Same wallpaper behind each version.

Old and new Calculator. Same wallpaper behind each version.

Yosemite’s screen brightness and volume indicators are shown in a more iOS-like HUD interface:

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There’s an option to show the full URL of the page you’re visiting in the address bar, which is hidden in Safari by default:

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 5.53.46 PM

Launchpad’s dock icon now shows a little progress bar for downloading apps:

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 5.58.07 PM

The System Preferences toolbar got slimmed down a little:

Before

Before

After

After

If you’re on the public beta of Yosemite, you won’t see the same changes as developers do in these previews. The public release of Yosemite is slated for sometime in the next few months.

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