MANILA, Philippines – Apple unveiled its upcoming computer operating system OS X 10.9 Mavericks at its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco Monday, June 10 (June 11 in Manila). The new OS will not see the design overhaul given to its mobile counterpart iOS, but builds on existing efforts to merge both worlds.
New Naming Convention
For the first time in its update cycle Apple is abandoning the naming convention that was based on species of great cats. Previous versions of the OS were named Panther, Leopard and Tiger – the current version is called Mountain Lion.
Beginning with OS X 10.9 Apple takes inspiration from the state of California where the technology company is based. Mavericks is a popular surfing destination in Northern California.
Apple says the 10th major release of OS X comes with over 200 new features.
Two popular iOS apps, Maps and iBooks make the transition from iPhones, iPod touches and iPads to the Mac and are redesigned to make the most of larger displays. With Maps users can plan trips of their Macs and then send the information to their iPhone. With iBooks, users can begin or continue reading a book on their computer aside from their iOS device(s) with progress synced between all devices.
As previously reported the update also brings tabbed browsing to Finder, Apple’s built in file explorer. Prior to the update this feature was only possible via third party applications. Tabs in Finder can help minimize the number of open windows and will make it easier for users to switch between open folders when organizing files.
Apple is also pushing the use of Tags in finder as the best way or organizing and finding your files. Users can tag files via Finder or iCloud or before they save a new document. Assigned tabs appear on the Finder Sidebar allowing users to use tags to browse through all files that share a common tag for example.
Managing multiple displays are also easier with the new OS. When Apple introduced full screen apps on OS X it also introduced a problem for users with secondary monitors. Currently you can only open one app in full screen at a time. Apple is fixing this problem in the new OS giving users separate menu bars and docks for each display and allowing you to open separate full screen apps on each display.
Apple also updates its web browser Safari claiming that the new version is faster that Chrome and Firefox. Apple says the updated browser is 1.44x faster than Chrome and also consumes less CPU energy. In Safari a new Shared Links Sidebar is also introduced with a compiled list of links shared by people you follow on Twitter.
Saved passwords for websites, hot spots, etc stored on KeyChain on your Mac are also now stored on iCloud.
Notifications have also been improved. Instead of just alerting you to new email or SMS messages. Users can act on a notification without having to leave the current app. Reply to iMessages for example from the notification itself. Don’t need a new email that has just come in? You can also delete that email from the notification itself.
“Best version yet”
Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, calls the new operating system their “best version yet,” adding that, “the Mac has consistently outpaced the PC industry and OS X continues to be the most innovative and easy to use operating system in the world.”
OS X 10.9 Mavericks will be available as a digital download this fall. Pricing was not mentioned during the keynote address and in online materials. – Rappler.com
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