At WWDC a few days ago Apple announced OS X 10.9 Mavericks, which seems to include some long awaited features for many Mac OS X users. Below is a roundup of the best new features that will be included in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
This is a great new feature which allows you to have multiple finder tabs open in the same window, saving valuable desktop space.
You can now tag individual files making them easier to find in a hurry. For example you can have one tag called “Work” and another tag called “Home” then when you click on the “Work” tag in Finder it will display all files with the “Work” tag.
Multiple Display Improvements
There has been significant improvements to the way OS X 10.9 Mavericks handles Multiple Monitors/Displays. You can now use your TV connected to an Apple TV as a separate monitor (via Airplay) complete with its own dock. You can now also run full screen apps on each display simultaneously, which for me personally is great.
Battery Life Improvements
Apple has added a new feature called “App Nap” which suspends any windows which are running in the background behind other applications. It doesn’t close any background windows/apps it simply suspends them meaning less CPU cycles which in turn leads to longer battery life. When you uncover the suspended window it will resume and the best part is you shouldn’t even notice anything has happened.
Are you currently using 1Password or LastPass to manage your passords? That may soon be a thing of the past when you start using OS X 10.9 Mavericks and the new iCloud Keychain feature. It will encrypt and sync your passwords and credit card information across your OS X and iOS devices.
Actionable and Synchronized Notifications
This is a feature which is well overdue in my opinion. Say you get a notification popup about a new email, you can now click the notification and reply to the email without loading your email client. Similar actions are available for other applications including Messages. I would imagine it won’t be long before 3rd party applications make use of this feature too. Another notification center improvement means that when you dismiss a notification on OS X it will be dismissed on all your other OS X and iOS devices.
Calendars, Maps and iBooks
The Calendars application has been updated with a more functional UI and looks a lot more modern. OS X 10.9 Mavericks now includes the Maps application which allows you to plan your route on your Mac then send it across to the Maps application on your iOS device. Apple also demonstrated iBooks for Mac which as far as we know will be included with the final version of OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
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