Apple unveils OS X Mavericks

first_imgApple took to the stage during their developer conference today to announce the latest version of OS X. Since they are running out of big cats, Apple has decided to start naming their versions after their favorite things in California. The first in this new line is called Mavericks.The next version of OSX promises to focus on better battery life and more logical organization for many of the day to day tasks on your Mac. New tools like App Nap and other resource managment tools will allow the OS to better control how much power is spend on everything that is running on your machine. There’s some big UI changes as well. This includes tags in Finder, tabbed folders, and enhanced usability in multiple display situations.Finder tags works exactly as it sounds. When you go to save a file, you can tag the file with whatever you want. When you go to search for files in the future, you’ll be able to share by the tags you have left on files. You can apply multiple tags to files, and organize anything and everything on your Mac with these tags.If you have multiple folders on your machine, you can now merge them into a single window with tabs. You can quickly add tabs to existing windows, or have multiple windows open that each have their own tabs. This is all done with a simple gesture, and happens pretty quickly.Multiple display management is never particularly great on desktops and laptops, but Mavericks seems to take a pretty big step forward. AirPlay displays and physically connected displays are now all treated exactly the same, to start. You can quickly access the dock from any of these displays, and you have control of individual workstations independent of the other connected displays.Safari has also gotten a significant boost in performance, CPU usage, and memory usage. The browser scrolls at nearly 60fps, and looks just as smooth as you’d see on an iOS device. The new bookmarks and Top Sites UI allows for a personalized home page when you open the browser for the first time as well.Apple has done a lot to move your iOS and your OSX experiences closer together. Notifications can now be responded to in line, and iOS push notifications can now be synced to the desktop. Apple has also moved their password keychain service to iCloud, allowing you to sync your passwords across all of your iOS devices.Maps for OSX has been heavily updated to take advantage of the new Apple Maps software, which includes all of the same features from iOS, and a new push to iPhone feature for turn by turn directions that you have looked up on your OSX device.Apple is expected to release the new OSX Mavericks this fall, with developer previews available shortly.last_img

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