OS X 10.9 to Deliver New Features for ‘Power-Users’

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If you are professional or other user that relies on the OS X operating system heavily, the forthcoming OS X 10.9 update — codenamed “Cabernet” — should be in your favor.

According to highly-connected Apple pundit Mark Gurman, reporting for 9to5Mac, the next major version of the OS X platform will feature enhancements for “power-users” and continue to adopt various core features from iOS software.¬†

Gurman claims OS X 10.9 will have a tabbed browsing mode in Finder and new Safari web browser:

The new operating system includes major enhancements to the Finder application such as tags and tabbed browsing modes. Those additions are notable as many pro-users have relied on third-party solutions and hacks to enable these features. Additionally, the new operating system will include a new Safari web browser with a redesigned backend for improved page loading, speed, and efficiency.

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Moreover, the latest OS X version will include support for full-screen apps across multiple monitor setups, which is something that Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi hinted at in an email exchange last October. When questioned about full-screen app support across multiple displays, Federighi claimed that Apple is “absolutely aware of [its] customers’ passion on this topic.”

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Further bridging the gap between iOS and OS X, Gurman reiterates that the Mac could gain Siri. With the executive shakeup at Apple, however, Gurman cannot accurately predict if Siri is still in the cards.

On top of that, it could be launched exclusively for future hardware releases.¬†Apple is expected to refresh its Mac lineup at WWDC this June, so that’s food for thought.

Apple is also testing a new multitasking system on Mac that is similar to the app switcher on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, according to the report. This feature could use app-pausing technologies that pause background applications on OS X, giving full performance to foreground apps and potentially improving battery life on MacBooks. Xcode 5.0 is also said to be in the works.

OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion both launched at WWDC in consecutive years, meaning that an OS X 10.9 unveiling at the June conference is likely. Apple had reportedly planned to announce the software earlier this year, but had to pull some of its resources away from OS X 10.9 to focus on iOS 7. Which new OS X features are you looking forward to?


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