OS X 10.9 to Include New Power-User Features, Will Take Core Features from iOS

Posted in Apple, Apple News, OS X on 29/04/2013 by Chris Hauk


9to5Mac says its sources have some information they’ve shared about the upcoming OS X 10.9 Mac operating system. The sources report that the new OS, codenamed “Cabernet,” will focus on various “power-user” enhancements and take core features from iOS, according to the sources. There will most likely not be an overhauled approach to how the operating system feels and functions.



The new operating system includes major enhancements to the Finder application such as tags and tabbed browsing modes. Those additions are notable as many pro-users have relied on third-party solutions and hacks to enable these features. Additionally, the new operating system will include a new Safari web browser with a redesigned backend for improved page loading, speed, and efficiency…

Another new feature that should be well received is the ability to keep a different “Space” or full-screen app open on a different monitor (in multiple monitor setups.) Apple could also use app-pausing technologies brought over from iOS to pause background application processes in OS X.

According to 9to5Mac’s sources, while OS X 10.9 will see some user-interface changes, they will not be drastic.

It was reported last year that early builds of OS X 10.9 included Siri functionality. It is unclear if full Siri support is still going to be included in OS X 10.9, or if it will be glued to future hardware updates.

Apple’s last two big cats shipped in the summer, which suggests that 10.9 will also see a summer release. The new OS was originally scheduled to be previewed earlier this year, but Apple decided to introduce the operating system alongside iOS 7 at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference.

  • Ian

    The biggest cat of all – Smilodon?

    • I thought they’d just use “SaberTooth”. Appeals to the comic book crowd too and you don’t have to explain the scientific name.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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