Apple have announced OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s successor, and this time it’s not named after a cat.
OS X Mavericks will introduce many new features, making iOS and OS X closer then ever before. Nothing much has changed with the UI but a lot of changes have been made to existing features.
You can now tidy up your desktop by using Finder Tabs to consolidate multiple Finder windows into one. You can have a tab for Air Drop, maybe one for Documents, and others for whatever else you want, all in one Finder window. You can also switch between tabs, as well as customise the view, and put them in any order you wish. And if you want to move a file from one tab to another, all it takes is a simple drag and drop. And if that wasn’t easy enough, you can now expand a Finder window to full screen and move files to any destination your heart desires.
This has also been given an update, now allowing users to receive updates and also interact with them, without leaving the app they are using. The company say you can now “reply to a message, respond to a FaceTime video call, or delete an email right from a notification”. You can also now register with your favourite websites to get breaking news, updates on those eBay purchases, or up-to-the-minute sports scores, and you don’t even have to have Safari running. It will also be updated so that when OS X is resumed all notifications you would have received whilst your MAC was sleeping will come through.
Consuming less resources than ever, and faster than ever as well, Safari in Mavericks promises “blazing performance and breakthrough technologies”. The new Sidebar feature will show Shared Links, from people you follow on Twitter and LinkedIn, making sure you are always up to date with new and interesting content. And Top Sites has been redesigned as well, making it more easier to organise your favourite websites. But it’s not just aesthetically that Safari has been improved, because Apple have gone to work under the hood as well. New Nitro Tiered JIT and Fast Start technology will leave the pages feel “snappier and more responsive”, while improved power-saving techniques will ensure that web browsing doesn’t take it out of the battery life.
Mavericks is now introducing a new one to take advantage of every display you may have connected to your Mac, now enabling you to have more flexibility. Gone are primary and secondary displays, because now each will have it’s own menu bar, and the Dock will be available on whichever screen you are working on. You can now have multiple application windows running on either display, or if you really want to, you can have a full-screen app running on each one. Or if you want to take it that one step further, go with the desktop on one display, and a full-screen app on the other. Flexibility really is the key here now. And with Mission Control, you can even have an overview of everything going on, and it is easy to drag what you want where you want it. And if that doesn’t sound good enough, you can now go even further.Not using your TV? Good, because you can use AirPlay and Apple TV to turn that big HDTV into a fully functional display too.
The Calendar app is getting a fresh lick of paint too, with a new streamlined display bringing a new look, and a host of new features. Continuous scrolling gives you the ability to glide through the weeks and months as easy as you like. And a new Event Inspector makes it easier to create and edit events by suggesting addresses and relevant points of interest as soon as your start typing in the location field. A map highlights the location of your event, calculates your travel time for you, and even gives you a weather forecast. What more do you need?
The Mac finally joins the iBooks party, allowing you to bring your existing literary purchases from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch straight over automatically to your Mac. And just like on any iOS device, you can swipe to turn a page, pinch to zoom in, and scroll from front to back. And being a student is now made that little bit easier. Making notes while reading through a book? Highlighting a passage or adding a bookmark on the Mac will automatically send them to your iDevices through iCloud, making them readily available for class. And that’s not all iCloud will do, as it will also remember what page you are on and taking you straight there no matter what device you started reading a book, or continued reading, on.
Using the graphics power of the Mac, the Maps app gives smooth and responsive scrolling over the world, wherever you want to zoom in on. And a Flyover feature offers photo-realistic, interactive 3D experiences. It is also easy to get local points of interest, with information readily available for restaurants and hotels, even giving you phone numbers and Yelp reviews. Point to point directions and real-time traffic conditions, plus suggested alternative routes also ensure you get where you want to go with plenty of time to spare. And when you have your journey planned out, just send your map to your iPhone, where voice navigation will be waiting to lead you to your destination.
Have trouble remembering your passwords? No longer an issue, because iCloud Keychain will remember them for you. Storing website data such as usernames and passwords on pre-approved devices, and protecting them with AES 256-bit encryption, and also keeping them up to date on each device you have them stored. Additionally, Keychain suggests hard-to-guess passwords, and also works with credit card information too.
Promising a “powerful new way to organise and find files”, Tags is a simple new way to make sure you never lose anything. Just tag files you want to keep together, with a relevant keyword, and then when you need to locate those files, just search for that relevant keyword, and there you go. You can either tag a file once, or multiple times if it relates to multiple projects, and if you have documents stored in iCloud libraries, the Tags feature will allow you to group them together into projects.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks will be released this fall.