At WWDC 2013, Apple announced the latest iteration of OS X, 10.9 Mavericks. OS X 10.9 Mavericks includes any updates and improvements. Apple only touched on a few of them at the keynote, as they were pressed for time. Mavericks is highly focused on performance and improving battery life.
The first thing that was announced was Finder Tabs. It allows you to easily to manage multiple folders and find all of the files you need. It also means you don’t have to have multiple Finder windows open all at once. You can also now ‘Tag’ files as well using Mavericks new feature named Tags. You can essentially mark multiple files and folders for a project and easily search for them. Tags also works for iCloud files as well as locally stored files.
The next thing was Multiple Displays. OS X Mavericks now fully uses multiple display to their full potential. If you enter a full-screen app, you can now still use the other monitor without any problems. Each display now has it’s own Dock and Menu bar so you can easily find all of the menus. Mission Control also works on each display, and you can independently pan between spaces on each monitor. If you have an Apple TV connected to a HDTV, Mavericks can now utilize the TV and turn it into a monitor. You can also use an external monitor as well as an Apple TV so you can have 3 monitors for your Mac.
Mavericks also includes new Advanced Technologies. Some of these include Safari Power Saver which stops displaying Flash animations if you switch between tabs. Compressed Memory makes your Mac free up memory space when you need it most. It compresses the data from inactive apps and allows you to use that with your open apps. There are countless overs which can be found on Apple.com here.
Safari is also getting some work done. In Mavericks, Top Sites looks a lot cleaner and the new Sidebar shows links posted by people you follow on Twitter and Linkedin. Safari has also had some under the hood improvements as well, with the new Nitro Tiered JIT and Fast Start technologies in Safari, the webpages you visit feel snappier and more responsive. Safari also takes up less energy and less memory.
A new feature that was also announced is called iCloud Keychain. Essentially, it syncs all of your user names and passwords on the devices you’ve approved, protects them with AES 256-bit encryption. It includes a password generator as well as automatically updates any changes across devices.
Notifications are also improved in Mavericks. You can now quickly reply to Messages, Emails and FaceTime calls right in the banner. You can also receive push notifications from websites that have them enabled. When you put your computer to sleep as well, Mavericks will keep receiving notifications and display them on the lock screen the next time you wake up your Mac. Apps will also be updated in the background too.
Calendar now has a fresh new flat look. The event inspector is brand new and show the estimated travel time to an event and also displays a map. It also shows the weather of the place that you’re visiting.
Apple Maps has come to the Mac. It shows street maps, flyover, and you can get directions to a place. You can also send those directions to your iPhone to get where you are going. You can search for places of interest and get reviews and photos of that restaurant that you’ve always wanted to try.
iBooks is also coming to the Mac as well. All of the books that you have purchased are now available to read on your Mac, you can also download new books as well. Reading books is a similar experience to what you get on an iOS device, you can turn pages, zoom and scroll cover to cover. You can search through books and highlight important sections. Bookmarks, notes and highlighted words sync across your devices so you can continue ready from anywhere.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks will be launching this Fall, probably with iOS 7. No price information has been released yet.
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