1Apple’s OS X 10.9 Mavericks Operating System: A Look Inside
by Sean Michael Kerner
2Apple 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.
3Mavericks 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.
4Proper 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.
5Energy 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.
6Apple 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.
7How Much Bandwidth Is an App Using?
The Mavericks Activity Monitor now provides process-level detail on how much bandwidth a specific process is using.
8Mavericks 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.
9Finder 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.
10Tags 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.
11Want 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.
12Apple 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.
13Safari 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.
14Mavericks 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.
15You 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.