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

 
 
By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2013-10-24 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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

    by Sean Michael Kerner
    1 - Apple's OS X 10.9 Mavericks Operating System: A Look Inside
  • Apple Is Giving Mavericks Away Free

    In contrast with every prior OS X release, Apple has decided to make Mavericks freely available. The new OS is available via the Apple Mac AppStore.
    2 - Apple Is Giving Mavericks Away Free
  • Mavericks Will Run on Older Mac Hardware

    While Mavericks is a new operating system that can benefit from the latest hardware updates, Apple isn't leaving its older systems behind. Mavericks can run on a MacBook Pro released in 2007.
    3 - Mavericks Will Run on Older Mac Hardware
  • Proper Multiple Monitor Support Returns to OS X

    One of the most frustrating aspects of OS X in recent years has been the lack of proper multiple monitor support. In Mavericks, Apple has fixed the issue by offering menu bars across multiple screens and improved full-screen support.
    4 - Proper Multiple Monitor Support Returns to OS X
  • Energy Management Is a Key Focus in Mavericks

    Apple wants its OS X users to be able to get every drop of battery life possible with Mavericks. The improved Activity Monitor details the energy impact of every running process.
    5 - Energy Management Is a Key Focus in Mavericks
  • Apple Helps Users Identify Energy-Hogging Apps

    Going a step beyond the Activity Monitor, the Mavericks battery status indicator now identifies which apps are using significant amounts of power.
    6 - Apple Helps Users Identify Energy-Hogging Apps
  • How Much Bandwidth Is an App Using?

    The Mavericks Activity Monitor now provides process-level detail on how much bandwidth a specific process is using.
    7 - How Much Bandwidth Is an App Using?
  • Mavericks Squeezes More Memory Than Prior OS X Releases

    Mavericks provides a capability called "compressed memory," which aims to squeeze more information into existing physical memory before the system needs to resort to disk-swap space for memory storage.
    8 - Mavericks Squeezes More Memory Than Prior OS X Releases
  • Finder Gets a New Tabbed View

    The OS X Finder system tool gets a much-needed update with tabbed folder viewing. So now with Mavericks, users don't need to open multiple Finder windows, they can simply tab across multiple windows in the same way browser users have done for years.
    9 - Finder Gets a New Tabbed View
  • Tags Come to OS X

    Finding files on OS X will now also benefit from a new Tags feature. Users can now tag individual files by name or color, making them easier to find and organize.
    10 - Tags Come to OS X
  • Want to Read a Book on Mavericks?

    The Apple iBooks app is now finally available on OS X, after having been on iOS for the last three years.
    11 - Want to Read a Book on Mavericks?
  • Apple Maps Land in Mavericks

    Apple's much-maligned Maps application isn't just for IOS mobile devices anymore. Like iBooks, Maps has now also migrated to the desktop.
    12 - Apple Maps Land in Mavericks
  • Safari 7 Speeds Up OS X Web Browsing

    The Apple-developed Safari 7 Web browser is a key application in the Mavericks release. Apple has improved the browser's power usage and simplified the new tab page.
    13 - Safari 7 Speeds Up OS X Web Browsing
  • Mavericks Safari Browser Locks Down Plug-Ins

    Plug-in security is highly detailed in Safari 7, and users are able to specify which sites are allowed to run specific technologies.
    14 - Mavericks Safari Browser Locks Down Plug-Ins
  • You Can Now Safely Save and Share Passwords in iCloud

    Mavericks includes the iCloud Keychain, which enables users to save Website passwords in the cloud and share them across authenticated Apple devices.
    15 - You Can Now Safely Save and Share Passwords in iCloud
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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