Apple introduces OS X Mavericks

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Departing with its big cat naming scheme, Apple’s turned to using its home state of California for inspiration. The next version of Mac OS X will be codenamed Mavericks; and the next ten years of releases will all be named after spots in the American state that plays home to the top tech companies.

OS X Mavericks, as expected, brings more integration with iOS, and has more than 200 new features. Those showed off by Apple will appeal to both long-time power users and casual, or first-time Mac users.

The most significant, and one that’s been a long time coming, is Tabs inside Finder. This lets you arrange all your Finder windows into a single window that has multiple tabs, making for easier file management and browsing. Finder also gets enhanced with Tags, which will let you add keywords to help track your documents, making searching for them a lot faster.

Multiple monitor support has been problematic ever since Apple introduced fullscreen apps, and that’s being fixed in Mavericks. The OS will now recognise which displays are connected and be smarter about how the secondary displays get used with fullscreen apps. Apple also announced that TVs connected to an Apple TV can be used as secondary displays.

Mavericks will also have new applications, including an updated version of Safari, Maps (brought over from iOS), Calendar (with Maps integration), and iBooks. The updated apps have been stripped of their skinned interfaces, now boasting sleeker, more modern user interface elements.

The new version of Safari uses less CPU power (thus yielding more battery life on laptops), yet Apple says it outperforms rival browsers Chrome and Firefox. Safari also gets to use the new iCloud Keychain, which will let you sync your passwords between devices, across the internet.

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Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.