WWDC 2013: OS X Mavericks Unveiled By Apple

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At WWDC 2013 (Worldwide Development Conference), Apple Senior V.P. Craig Federighi unveiled the tech giant's new version of OS X, OS X Mavericks.

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With OS X Mavericks, Apple is moving away from the cat-themed names of the first nine versions of OS X. RIP Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion.

Among the most notable features of OS X Mavericks:

  • Finder Tabs. Native to OS X (and not via third party apps) at last.
  • Tagging. Files, folders and documents for better organization.
  • Multiple Displays. Full-screen mode from OS X now supports multiple displays. Using Airplay, users can use an Apple TV powered monitor or TV as a full, secondary display.

There's a lot more to discuss about it too ...

OS X Mavericks contain new features that improve battery life by reducing CPU activity up to 72 percent, offering better MacBook performance.

It also has compressed memory which should improve response time. That means apps should load a lot faster and wake from sleep more quickly.

A feature called App Nap is designed to figure out what apps are in use and what apps are just running idle and sucking power when not in use.

Safari will offer a better sidebar and home page and reading lists from LinkedIn and Twitter, providing even more efficient, responsive access to articles.

Apple is creating a new iCloud Keychain for passwords that work across devices. It's encrypted and even comes with a suggested secure password.

Not only can users respond to mail messages directly from notification, push notifications from iOS devices can be sent directly to the desktop.

iBooks and Apple Maps are now standalone applications for OS X. With iBooks, users can access their past purchases, bookmarks and content.

For Maps, users can push directions from Maps to their iOS device and there will be an SDK so developers can integrate Maps into their own OS X apps.

The calendar in OS X Mavericks drops the leather look of OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8 and is a smooth, clean design. It now has better scrolling to boot.

The app also speaks seamlessly with Apple Maps when it comes to directions and can even provide suggestions when creating new entries.

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