As part of its wide range of amazing new software and hardware presentations at the opening day of WWDC, Apple unveiled the next version of its OS X system, branded Mavericks. Craig Federighi, VP of Software Engineering, demonstrated new and updated OS X applications that both increase the operating system’s functionalities and performance.
Mavericks will include desktop versions of Apple’s iOS reader, iBooks and Maps, and significant improvements to OS X’s base applications, e.g., Calendar, Safari, Keychain, Finder, and Notifications. The core system of Mavericks will include better handling of memory, smarter performance, and improved battery life. Federighi focused, for example, on the Mavericks’s Compressed Memory feature, which automatically compresses memory when your Mac approaches maximum memory capacity, so the system runs more smoothly as you switch and work in applications.
Safari in Mavericks will be faster because of a significant redesign in the user interface for accessing and bookmarking top sites, including a new sidebar for bookmarks and shared links from your Twitter and LinkedIn contacts. The calendar application also received a fresh new look, and it will include, among other features, continuous scrolling between weeks and months. It will show map locations and calculate travel time for events and meetings you are scheduled to attend.
The new Maps application mirrors the features of the iOS version, and it will include photo-realistic 3D views of destinations, and you will be able to send map directions to your iPhone for voice navigation GPS.
For iBooks users, you will be able to download and read all the books on your iOS device on your Mac. The OS X version of iBooks will include features for taking notes, highlighting passages, bookmarking pages, and reviewing and studying annotations.
Additional Mavericks features include an iCloud version of Keychain, which keeps all of all your passwords and usernames in sync across your devices, Finder tabs and sidebar tags, multiple displays that get their own menu bar and dock, and Notifications upgrades that include FaceTime video calling, the ability to delete listed emails, and reply to social network messages.
The beta version Mavericks will be made available to registered OS X developers, and the full release of the operating system is scheduled for release this Fall.