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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.

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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.

Source: TUAW and TechCrunch

  1. lol
    June 15, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Looks like a rip off Microsoft.

  2. techguyknows
    June 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I am so excited for this. This may not be very revolutionary, but at least they have improved performance and battery life.

  3. John Fraser
    June 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

    OS X Mavericks? Isn't Ubuntu 10.10 code-named Maverick Meerkat?

    • dragonmouth
      June 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      I don't think anybody would mistake Ubuntu for OS X and vice versa.

      Oh, you mean the use of "Maverick" name. Fruitco only worries about copyrights when it is one of their product names that is being taken in vain by others. I'm sure Fruitco and Canonical will come to an amicable arrangement.

  4. Barnabas
    June 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

    The best update will be the ability to swap between opened versions of the same application. Browse Finder using backspace button and a simple del button instead of fn+backspace. When you compare the new versions of PC ultrabooks, like their boot speed, 4GB RAM as standard, battery life, HD displays, there isnt much need to swap to an Apple Mac anymore. I have both if you must now.
    Nevertheless I like the imessage, Facetime and some other apps unique to the Mac.

  5. macwitty
    June 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

    iBooks for Mac was nice to see. At last Finder tabs and sidebar tags. iCloud version of Keychain, no thank you. I do not want Apple to decide what browser I'm going to use. Nor do I want to only be able to reach my password only from a Mac or iOS device. I'll stay with 1Password

  6. Pooky Joralyn
    June 12, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Have to say that it still looks boring to me.

  7. Timothy Ford
    June 12, 2013 at 4:22 am

    As a new comer to apple products, I am still trying to learn my way around & they go & change it on me :(
    Getting as bad as Mr. Gates!

  8. raymond
    June 12, 2013 at 4:02 am

    i THOUGHT FOR SURE THEY WOULD CALL IT SABERTOOTH...i GUESS THEY WERE RUNNING OUT OF CAT NAMES

    • Farley Hammerton
      June 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Or liger.

  9. dragonmouth
    June 11, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Let's not get too excited. This is only the show off version of the next O/S X, it is not on the Applestore shelves yet. There's many a slip twixt the cup and the lip. Let's wait and see how the actual user version is.

  10. null
    June 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Mavericks looks interesting. But no update to the rMBP? Dissapointed.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 11, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      I bet MBP updates will be coming in the Fall.

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