June 10, 2013
New OS Incorporates 200 New Features
Apple launched a developer preview of its new operating system — dubbed Mavericks, Mac OS X 10.9 — at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco today.
The much-anticipated update, which will be released this fall, includes more than 200 new features including Apple Maps and finder tabs.
Apple senior vice-president of software engineering Craig Federighi took to the stage to introduce the new operating system.
He started the presentation with a little bit of levity.
“I’m proud to present Sea Lion,” Federighi said. “We don’t want to be the first software release in history to be delayed by a lack of cats.”
The name Mavericks, inspired by a California landmark, is a major departure from its decade-long tradition of cat-themed OS names. And, while the sea lion line was indeed a joke — the new Mavericks OS is something to be taken seriously, Federighi said, adding that the new system was created to increase battery life and enhance responsiveness.
“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,” Federighi said. “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.”
Finder Tags and Tabs
Finder tags “are a powerful new way to organize and find your files anywhere on your Mac or in iCloud,” according to an Apple press release. The feature allows users to easily tag any file in the Finder, in iCloud, or when saving a new document. The tags, which can be found in the finder sidebar, allow users to view files either by project or category.
The new finder tabs feature will enable users to open multiple system windows in tabs by clicking on the plus sign, just like they currently do with Web browser windows. Users will also be able to drag and drop tabs to organize them according to preference.
“Mavericks also makes using multiple displays even easier and more powerful,” the company said in its press release. “The menu bar and dock are available on any display, and users can now easily run windowed or full-screen apps on whichever display they choose, with no configuration required.”
Mavericks also enables users to use their HDTV as a second display via Apple TV and AirPlay.
Maps has been integrated into Mavericks to offer “crisp vector graphics, stunning 3D view and interactive Flyover.”
The new feature allows users to plan a trip from their Mac and then send it to their iPhone for voice navigation while travelling. The feature also lends users maps from within Mail, Contacts and Calendar. Developers will have the ability to integrate the mapping features into their apps through the Map Kit API.
Safari now offers ‘shared links,’ as well in an effort to enable easy discovery, reading and sharing of new content from Twitter and LinkedIn.
iBooks offers users instant access to their existing iBooks library in addition to the more than 1.8 million titles in the iBooks Stores. The iBooks feature has been integrated to work effortlessly across multiple devices, so users can switch from their Macbook to their iPad without losing their place.
iCloud Keychain is a new feature offering secure AES-256 encrypted storage for users’ website login information, credit card numbers and Wi-Fi passwords. Keychain also pushes the stored data to all of a user’s devices so he or she does not need to worry about remembering them.
Interactive notifications enable users to reply to a message, respond to a FaceTime call or delete an e-mail without having to exit the app being used. Websites can now notify users to keep them current on news, sports or other topics of interest and While You Were Away Notifications allow users to see what happened while their Mac was asleep.