Apple unveils its new OS X Mavericks at WWDC 2013
Apple has announced its tenth major version of its Mac OS X which is called Mavericks. The company made the announcement at its WWDC 2013 event in California. Moving away from cat names, this new name of Mac OS X is based on one of the best sports for surfing.
It includes over 200 new features, and Apple claims it also helps boost the MacBook’s battery life and increases performance. Some of the other key new features include Finder Tabs, Tags, Maps, iBooks, Interactive Notifications and others.
We have detailed most of the key new features introduced with Mac OS X Mavericks.
The feature introduces tabbed interface to OS X, which will enable users to work on multiple windows from one place. This feature is very similar to the tabbed user interfaces commonly used in modern browsers. Users can also drag and drop items from one tab to the other.
This is similar to tags throughout the internet. The feature allows users to tag particular documents, media files, etc. to categorize them for easy access via searching from the Finder Sidebar. One can also search these files and access them on other devices using iCloud.
Maps and iBooks
Apple Maps is now accessible on the Mac OS as an application. It allows users to send location from their Mac directly to iPhones and iPads for easier navigation. It can be integrated throughout the OS X Mavericks and developers will be able to access it via a new API. The iBooks Store has also been made available on OS X Mavericks which will allow the user to access over 1.8 millions titles from the store.
Improved Multiple Displays Support
OS X Mavericks makes using multiple displays much easier and powerful. The menu bar and the dock will be on any display and users can now easily run windowed and full screen apps on whichever display they choose, without the need of any configuration. OS X Mavericks also adds support for Apple TV and AirPlay which transforms the HDTV as a secondary display.
Notifications has been drastically improved with better interactivity allowing users to reply to messages, respond to a FaceTime call or even delete an email without leaving the application. Sports and other websites which break news, can now send notifications to the Mac, similar to mobile apps. It also sends notifications from iOS apps, and a notification once viewed on any device will be removed from other device(s).
The calendar app has gone under a major redesign and it now sports a much cleaner look. It has been integrated with Maps, allows users to continuously scroll through weeks and months and sports a much simplified event creator and editor.
Safari Web Browser
Amongst other things the native web browser has been improved for better performance via a new process-per-tab architecture, which will make browsing a lot faster, responsive and stable. It sports a new sidebar with reading lists and easy access to bookmarks. Other new features include shared links, which allows a user to discover, read and share content from webpages at one place.
This feature enables users to store sensitive information like usernames, passwords, credit card details, Wi-Fi information in a safe AES-256 encryption. It also allows users to save login and credit card credentials, so one does not have to remember them when entering them onto a webpage.
Timer Coalescing and App Nap
These two new features enable improved power efficiency with the former grouping low-level operations so that the processor spends more time in a low-power state while App Nap reduces the power consumption from an app which is not in use. This also works along with the new compressed memory technology and these together then help improve the performance about 1.4 times than that of OS X Mountain Lion.
OS X Mavericks will be available for users later this year in fall. Apple has not yet revealed the pricing and the compatibility of upgrading from Mountain Lion to Mavericks.