WWDC 2013: Mac OS X Mavericks coming this fall!

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Earlier, we covered the new features and improvements the redesigned iOS 7 will be sporting when it comes to consumers this fall. Now, also fresh from WWDC 2013, we bring to you the second half of Apple’s major software-related announcements and updates on the said event: OS X Mavericks. Similar to iOS 7, 10.9 features a number of design overhauls and changes. The leather and felt interfaces of previous OS X versions have now been stripped away. The new Calendar features a flatter and softer feel, with the Game Center, phone and messaging apps undergoing the same aesthetic changes.

For a more complete overview, see the details below.

iBooks

Once only available on iOS, iBooks now comes to Mac, making the books you’ve already downloaded on your mobile device available on your computer as well. With over 1.8M books in the iBooks Store, Mac users will surely benefit from the wide array of reading choices now available to them.

Maps

Apple Maps, initially one of the more embarrassing pieces of Apple software, has gotten some attention with a desktop version for OS X and an SDK that lets developers add Apple Maps directly to their Mac apps. Desktop and mobile maps are integrated with the option to push directions to an iPhone.

Calendar

The Calendar app on the OS X have been streamlined with a fresh new look and powerful features to complement. Continuous scrolling is now possible, letting users browse through weeks and months. When creating an event, the app automatically shows your event in a map, with an estimated travel time and weather forecast to help you plan out your activities.

Safari

This year also marks dramatic changes Safari will be sporting. The redesigned browser features a new sidebar that will hold bookmarks, but it will also integrate reading lists as well as links shared by friends on Twitter and LinkedIn, turning it into a limited client for your social networks. In terms of sheer performance, Apple showed off a set of benchmarks putting Safari on top of its other competitors. More so, Macs and iOS devices will have access to a new feature called iCloud Keychain that can remember passwords and credit card information to auto-suggest them in Safari.

iCloud Keychain

Having a number of passwords to memorize has become increasingly difficult nowadays. To help you out, OS X now features iCloud Keychain. It stores your website usernames and passwords while protecting them via a robust AES256-bit encryption algorithm. It also features a new Password Generator that suggests unique and difficult passwords for your online accounts. Credit card information can be saved too, so checking out should be easier now.

Multiple Displays

Multiple display support has been fixed in Mavericks, with the Mission Control tool being redesigned to focus more on extra and extended displays. Now you can use two fullscreen apps at once, and if you have an Apple TV, the new features can extend to your television as well with AirPlay.

Notifications

Notifications similar to iOS also come to OS X 10.9. Now, you can quickly reply directly from a notification without having to open the specific app. Push notifications from your iOS device can also be received directly on your Mac computer.

Finder Tabs

For OS X, a number of optimizations and revamps are incorporated to OS X 10.9. First, Navigation is a big focus in Mavericks. For the first time in OS X, Finder windows would not be cluttering your desktop as the new OS now supports browser-style tabs. Tags could also now be used to simplify search and organization of files.

Tags

Tags work in conjunction with Finder Tabs. To use, simply tag files you wish to organize together using a keyword. Afterwards, finding those files will be as simple as clicking the keyword you chose in the Finder sidebar or by typing it out on the Search bar. Sweet.

Source: Apple

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