OS X 10.9 Mavericks Announced: Maps, Safari, Power User Features and More

OS X Mavericks

Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi on Monday announced the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, on stage at the WWDC keynote in San Francisco. OS X 10.9 is designed with the power user at heart, with tabbed Finder windows and document tagging being two central additions to the platform.

OS X Mavericks also contains improvements to multiple display setups, allowing you to access your menu and dock across both screens. Moreover, windows will auto adjust in size when dragging them from one display to another. This works great in particular with full-screen apps, which Apple has been emphasizing since OS X Lion.

Two notable additions to Mavericks are Maps and iBooks for Mac, two apps that originated on iPhone. This contributes to Apple further bridging the gap between iOS and OS X. More important, however, is that the entire operating system has a flat appearance sans skeuomorphism. Federighi humorously confirmed this by pointing out the removal of leather stitching in the new Calendars app.

Safari has also received a significant overhaul in OS X Mavericks, gaining both a new appearance and performance enhancements. The new version of Safari features a redesigned Reading List with a sidebar that has continuous scrolling and integrated sharing functionality. Safari performs faster by loading processes per tab alongside faster JavaScript and other improvements.

OS X Mavericks is available as a preview for Apple registered developers today, with a public release slated for this Fall. Mac users will be able to download the software update from the Mac App Store upon its release, while the beta versions will be available for download from the Apple Developer Center.

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