OS X Mavericks: Making waves on the desktop

Among a fresh batch of Apple announcements last night was news that OS X Mavericks is now available to download following months of testing since its launch at WWDC earlier in the year. And the best part of this new release is that it’s completely free!

From iBooks and Maps making their way to the Mac to improved support for multiple displays (yes!) we are expecting big things from this new version of the Mac OS. Here’s a rundown of just some of the new features:

Multiple Displays

OS X has supported multiple displays for a long time, but one of the biggest disadvantages so far has been only having access to a Dock and menus on the main screen. Not anymore! It’s complete flexibility – you can run an app full screen on each display, have multiple windows on one screen and a full screen app on the other, or access the dock from wherever you choose. This is a great new feature – particularly for business users.

iBooks

We’re now used to iBooks being available on iPhone and iPad, and it only seemed like a matter of time before it found its way on to the Mac too. If you’re already familiar with the mobile equivalents, this is going to be familiar ground – you can pinch, zoom, swipe etc. to control your pages – but the nice part is that all of your iBooks purchases will be automatically synced and downloaded on all of your devices. Start reading on your iPhone on your commute home, then open it up on your Mac when you get home to finish it off.

Maps

Another new addition to the Mac is Maps. This uses the full power of your Mac’s graphics capability to create a photorealistic 3D experience to complement your route planner. Also, with OS X Mavericks, Maps works alongside your Mail, Contacts and Calendar so whenever you see an address, you can see it on a map straightaway.

Calendar

The OS X Calendar has had a complete facelift! Aside from a simpler and easier to use interface, there’s a new Inspector tool that looks at your agenda and tells you estimated travel times and local forecasts. There’s never going to be an excuse to miss a meeting or leave without a coat again…

iCloud Keychain

Ever been annoyed by having to retype passwords and credit card details on different devices? I know I have! A nice new feature called iCloud Keychain will now let you save both of them securely in the cloud. The big benefit is that all of your OS X and iOS devices will be able to access that information so you’ll only have to type it once, if you want to.

Safari

While the new Shared Links (for visiting URLs linked to on Twitter) and Top Sites features are big news because they allow you to organise your favourite sites in a way previously unmatched, it’s the improved speed in Safari that’s really worth shouting about! As far as performance goes, Safari is now 1.44 times faster than Chrome and 1.17 times faster than Firefox, yet still manages to use far less energy than both!

Notifications

With OS X Mavericks, you can now access notifications and reply to them, without having to leave the app that you’re in – that include responding to calls, deleting emails and replying to a message.

Tabs and Tags

Finder now includes even better tools for organising your work. You can add Tags to content to bring it up in Finder search results, and there’s the ability to open Tabs so your can search for different files or applications without having to open new windows.

OS X Mavericks is available to download for free now. To find out more about Apple’s latest releases, get in touch with us on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com


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