Apple announces OS X Mavericks

By , Jun 10, 2013

OS X Mavericks hero

Apple here at WWDC said that Mountain Lion, Apple’s ninth release in a decade, is now on 35 percent installed Mac base in just under six months. Taking the stage, Apple’s head of Mac software Craig Federighi in a joke aimed at the rumor-mill said that the next release, OS X 10.9, is named Sea Lion.

Not really – Apple would run out of cat names had they hone with the Sea Lion name. Therefore, the company has chosen the naming convention that will take them into the next ten years. Say hello to OS X Mavericks…

The first California-themed release focuses on extending battery life and providing even greater responsiveness, in addition to new apps and features to appeal to power users.

Mavericks Features

Some of core system power features include compressed memory, compressed app-specific nap mode, the latest Open GL version for fast graphics, Core Animation-accelerated scrolling, timer coalescing and more.

Compressed memory ensures that apps gate paged out to your storage and brought back to RAM even faster. On overall, Apple cites 1.4 times general speed improvement, and that’s on fast SSD systems such as the MacBook Air. You should also expect up to 1.5 times faster waking from sleep.

App Nap keeps track what you do and where you want to go to optimize battery performance. For example, dragging an iTunes window over an active app will immediately reduce the background app’s battery usage.

WWDC 2013 new Safari features

OS X Mavericks also includes Finder Tabs to de-clutter your desktop and Tags. Federighi said you can tag things wherever they are, including on iCloud or file shares.

WWDC 2013 tags

Also major is much better support for multiple displays.

What this means is that you can now summon the Dock and the menu bar on a per-display basis. In a demo given on stage, Federighi opened apps on two displays. He then sent a secondary display app to full screen and swiped between them with ease.

WWDC 2013 Multi Display

Matter of fact, Federighi them opened up iPhoto on a first display, sent it to full screen as well and swiped between each display’s full screen app independently of each other.

In addition to having different full screen apps on different displays, he showed off dragging assets between full screen apps, dragging window and full screen apps in Mission Control, which also opens on each of your displays.

Topping it all off, he then added a third screen through an Apple TV via AirPlay. He was able to use full screen apps, the menu bar and the Dock independently on each display – that’s pretty dope.

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  • Tsavo Walker

    Not loving the name…

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      That’s because you’re not a surfer :)

      • Gorgonphone

        99% of people are nont either.. bad name choice..

      • felixtaf

        Tiger, leopard, lion are HUGE tech names???? Wats in the name when the performance is better???

      • Ryan James Christensen

        It’s better than OS X Sea Lion

      • Mykel Monroe

        Maverick: One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter.

      • Tsavo Walker

        Haha :)

      • charlie feathers

        California Surf Child here! Hermosa Beach baby!

  • Necter

    I would have gone for OS X Mave. OS X Mavericks reminds me of Sen. John McCain. I don’t think I want to be reminded of a politician. In fact, i am independent politically. I’m only interested in tech-inspired names. Tim Cook has no initiative for innovation if this is d only thing to come anew. Now my grief over Steve Job’s passing has reopened. :(

    • Mykel Monroe

      Because of the name? Panther, Tiger, Lion… they don’t really run to me as tech. inspired either. We need to remember Steve Jobs was a driving force but he was the CEO. I’m sure he just wanted things faster, cleaner, and better. He paid hundreds of people a lot of money to make these things possible. Steve Jobs is a great idol of mine because he told you point blank that the only way these things are possible is with the right people. Don’t dog Tim Cook for no reason.

    • Imahottguy

      Did you see/read about any of the improvements? The did more than just announce a name ya know.. It actually looks pretty slick.

      • Necter

        Yep, I’m very aware of that. I’m not throwing pillows at the program in on itself. I’m simply not turned on by d name. It’s my personal opinion that shouldn’t detract d essence of the ios x.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        what exactly turns you on ..

      • Sakib Rasul

        The surfing location is named after a dog named Maverick lol

  • Nasser Cedeño

    jajajajaja mavericks :)

  • charlie feathers

    App nap feature looks pretty awesome! Anything that increases battery life is always good.

  • Gorgonphone

    looks great but um everything just crashed i can no longer watch.. fail

    • Mykel Monroe

      Says one of the millions of people watching one video on the internet at the same time. Shit takes bandwidth bro.

  • sheunghko

    i like sea lion better…. like 100% better…..

  • Michael Jordet

    Mavericks? I didn’t know Sarah Palin worked at Apple!

  • No

    Judging by the banners that were put up, my prediction was that it would be called ‘Tidal Wave’

  • Kaptivator

    When will it be released? I may have overlooked that if it was in the article.

    • Cody

      The Fall? As usual…

  • rasengan720 .

    whats the eta on this update?

  • David Gould

    I am running the OSX Mavericks Developer Preview. I cant seem to summon the taskbar on my second display. Any suggestions? I realize this is not a final release, I am only trying to test the new multiple display support. :)

  • sierratangozulu

    At least we won’t run out of inspirational names:

    Yosemite
    Sequoia
    Napa
    Berkeley
    La Jolla
    Carmel
    Fresno
    Haight-Ashbury
    Altamonte
    Anaheim
    Azuza
    Cucamonga
    Alcatraz
    Watts

    Should I continue?