Apple's OS X 10.9 Mavericks Operating System: A Look Inside

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2013-10-24

Apple's launch of its OS X 10.9 operating system, known as Mavericks, on Oct. 22 follows the company's 10.8 Mountain Lion release in 2012 and is the first Apple Mac OS X version not named after a feline species. The Mavericks launch also breaks from its predecessors in that it is the first OS X release that is being made freely available to existing Apple users. Just because the release is free, doesn't mean that Apple is skimping on new features. There are hundreds of new features in the OS X 10.9 update touching nearly every aspect of the OS. A key focus of the Mavericks release is power management with improved capabilities throughout the system and better visibility into how much energy applications are using. The OS X Finder, which is a key tool for folders and files is being updated with new tagging capabilities as well as tabbed viewing options. Apple is baking in the iCloud Keychain, which enables users to securely store passwords in the cloud and use them across connected Apple devices. Applications are also a key focus with a new Safari Web browser, Maps and iBooks all part of the default installation. eWEEK takes a look at some key features of the OS X 10.9 Mavericks release.


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