Apple’s OS X Mavericks is designed to make your life easier, from simple Web browsing to file management to task scheduling on your calendar. With its suite of new and improved features, OS X Mavericks employs Apple’s latest technologies to provide the highest level of performance for Mac users while retaining its overall look and feel.
“OS X Mavericks is our best version yet and features new Maps and iBooks apps, Finder Tags and Tabs, enhanced multi-display support, performance and energy saving features, and an all new Safari." Apple Insider quotes Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. According to Apple Insider, Apple puts the spotlight on a handful of key features on OS X Mavericks: a new Safari, individual file tagging, the availability of color-coded tags and tabs on the Finder window, and improved support for multiple displays.
TechCrunch notes that, “The new version of Apple’s web browser is, well, as expected, faster and features better CPU management.” The Top Sites page now allows users to rearrange website thumbnails and add bookmarked sites to the page. Safari’s new sidebar features a list of Shared Links, consisting of links shared on Twitter and LinkedIn, along with the Reading List. Technical enhancements to the browser enable lower power consumption and improved responsiveness.
On OS X Mavericks, Safari is also able to remember usernames, passwords, and credit card information through iCloud Keychain. Whenever needed, this feature automatically fills out username and password fields, too. Just to be extra helpful, iCloud Keychain also suggests secure, hard-to-guess passwords as needed and stores these passwords in memory.
Apple’s newest Mac OS also eases the process of file management by allowing individual file tagging. Files can be tagged with one or more keywords, which will be visible in the Finder sidebar and can be used as queries in the Finder search field to locate relevant files. This tagging system works with documents filed in the iCloud as well. Multiple Finder tabs can now be grouped into one Finder window, as well. According to TechCrunch, “This feature, while not especially novel, is a welcomed feature that will eliminate that mess of windows that also seems to populate throughout the day.
Enhanced multiple display support is a key feature of Mac OS X Mavericks. The latest Mac OS now supports full-screen mode for apps on any connected display device, a feature that CNET says is a “much-needed fix” for its previous implementation in the Lion OS. OS X Mavericks now allows users to have menu bars on all connected displays, along with the ability to drag and drop apps among these displays. On OS X Mavericks, HDTVs connected to Apple TV can also now be used as display devices.
Apple’s latest OS also brings some new apps to Macs: iBooks and Maps. The iBooks store features over 1.8 million books ready to be downloaded into Mac devices. Reading onscreen remains an intuitive process; swipes make the pages turn while pinching gestures zoom in on the images. Multiple books can be kept open, and notes, highlighted passages, and bookmarks are automatically synced to devices on the iCloud. iBooks also automatically inserts citations for quoted excerpts from books on the app.
The new Maps app, on the other hand, takes advantage of Macs’ graphics capabilities and crystal-clear display to provide Standard, Hybrid, or Satellite views of towns and cities. Maps can be synced across multiple devices and provide information on local points of interest. According to CNET, “This will be especially useful for finding directions at home, then quickly syncing to your iPhone for turn-by-turn directions when you hit the road.”
Interactive notifications are also an important feature of OS X Mavericks. The OS X Notifications app now allows users to respond right within the app’s window. Macs also continue to display notifications in sleep mode and are now able to provide notifications from third-party websites.
On OS X Mavericks, Engadget also notes that, “Calendar finally dropped that leather scheme and added weather and Facebook updates.” The streamlined calendar now features an event inspector, which suggests addresses and points of interest. This new feature also shows an event’s exact location on a map, displays the weather forecast, and calculates an estimate of the travel time based on walking or driving.