Apple has debuted its new version of OS X, “Mavericks,” which marks the start of the next 10 years of the Mac OS X operating system. Oh, and no more big cats, Apple has switched to California locales, hence the “Mavericks” moniker.
Craig Federighi, head of OS X development for Apple, unveiled OS X 10.9 at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2013 keynote. Federighi highlighted three new features for the upcoming update: new tabs in Finder, tagging individual files, and enhanced support for multiple displays. Here are a few highlights:
- The new Finder Tabs allows users to create tabs in Finder on the fly from folders, merge windows into tabs, and the Finder also goes full-screen.
- Tags will let a user label a file with multiple tags such as “Important,” “For Review,” etc. and the tags will appear on the left side of the Finder view, with color coded tags to allow a user to more quickly locate associated files.
- Multiple display support will allow users to access the menu bar and dock separately on each display. To demonstrate, Federighi loaded different full-screen apps on two different displays.
- Mission Control has also been enhanced for multiple displays, as a demonstration showed a full-screen application being dragged across displays to a second screen.
- Mavericks adds improved Apple TV support, allowing it to act as a full-powered OS X display. Users will be able to view their menu bar, dock, and launch new applications on their television set.
- Another new feature call “Timer Coalescing,” allows CPU activity to be reduced by up to 72% in s0me situations.
- A new “Compressed Memory” functionality rapidly compresses inactive memory, which will free up space “almost instantaneously” for use by available applications.
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