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Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Announced At WWDC 2013, Launches in Fall

Apple unveiled OS X 10.9 Mavericks at WWDC 2013, announcing several new features including Finder tabs, tagging inside Finder and improved abilities for adding multiple displays.

You can now use an Apple TV system to extend your display, for example, and it also has a brand new version of Safari with improved browsing, a new Reader look and much faster page loads. Apple also added iCloud Keychain for storing several passwords in one place, improved notifications that show incoming iMessages, FaceTime chats and even push notifications that regularly go through iOS devices. Those notifications will appear after your computer sleeps, too, and apps will update in the background.

Calendar was completely refreshed with support for Facebook events, location awareness, travel time and the weather. It offers continuous scrolling and, if you create an event and say you’re eating “Pizza” you can select the nearby locations that sell Pizza and it will provide the weather and travel time to the location.

Maps was also added and apparently has a ton of new enhancements, including 3D fly-overs on the desktop, POIs, information cards, turn-by-turn directions and more. If you set directions on your map you can send them right to your iPhone where it will appear right on your lock screen so that you can dive right into navigation. Apple will provide an SDK so that developers can add mapping data to their maps as well.

iBook is also launching in OS X 10.9 Mavericks and will provide access to 1.8 million iBooks. It supports interactive text books as well, which we imagine will be key for education, and users can easily purchase books from the store, read, adjust text size and more.

The refreshed operating system also offers extended battery life and improved responsiveness. Mavericks will launch this fall.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...