We take a peek at some of the new features, tweaks and enhancements in OS X Mavericks.
At Apple’s keynote in California yesterday, the company announced a refresh of it’s venerable operating system OS X called Mavericks.
Mavericks isn’t a major overhaul, but it does come with a lot of enhancements in tow. It has been touted as the most powerful and power-efficient operating system available today. It has been claimed, though not yet independently verified, that just by installing Mavericks, users on a Macbook Air will be able to eke out an extra hour of web browsing.
Mavericks also comes with a set of new visual tweaks. While the user interface looks very similar to that of Mountain Lion, there are subtle changes. The dock now has a smoked glass look to it, and is translucent.
Safari also gets an overhaul under the hood and now every tab gets its dedicated process, which is what Google has been doing with its Chrome browser. There is a new Shared Links feature that shows links from social network accounts that are added through Internet accounts. For instance, you will be able to see links that are shared by individuals you follow on Twitter in shared links. Safari also gets a new reading mode, and the tile-based list of the most-often visited sites now includes collaborative documents. Security is also tweaked, and all plugins by default will now load in a sandbox.
iCloud Keychain is another new feature which syncs all your passwords to iCloud. Users will be able to configure iCloud keychain on Mavericks by going through the wizard, and creating an iCloud Security Code or other forms of authentication that include an SMS verification. Once users configure iCloud keychain on a device, enabling it on another device is as easy as clicking on a notification and entering their security code. iCloud keychain can also auto-generate passwords for the user.
Notification Center also gets new additions. Users will now be able to respond to a message directly from the alert itself, although the feature works with only Apple applications currently, like Messages. Social networks integration means that users will be able to post to networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn directly from the notification center.
In Mavericks, users can also get website notifications. Clicking on a website notification would lead a user to the relevant link on the site. This is useful in a multitude of scenarios, like tracking an item on an e-commerce site and getting a notification for a decrease in the price. Also, if an incoming message in a notification has a date and time, the data extractor feature can be configured to add that information directly to a user’s calendar.
Finder now features tags, which makes it easier to organize content throughout the system, or on iCloud. Users can create tags easily by clicking on the title bar of the window they are in. Users can also use different tags for the same file. Finder also now comes with tabs, which behave the same way they do in a browser like Safari.
iBooks is making its way to Mavericks, and users will be able to sync their entire book library as well as their iBooks textbooks to their Macbooks.
It has been announced at the event yesterday that Mavericks will be offered for free. Mavericks can be downloaded for free on all the following Mac lines:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later; 15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
Download: OS X Mavericks