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Apple on Monday unveiled Mavericks, the start of the next 10 years of its Mac OS X operating system, with a naming switch from breeds of cat to California locales. It will launch this fall on the Mac App Store

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Craig Federighi, head of OS X development for Apple, unveiled OS X 10.9 Mavericks at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2013 keynote. He highlighted three key features found in the forthcoming operating system update: new tabs in Finder, the ability to tag individual files, and enhanced support for multiple displays.Mavericks will have more than 200 new features, key among them a tabbed interface in Finder, file tagging, enhanced multi-display support, and improvements to system speed and performance.

In one example, Federighi labeled a file with multiple tags such as "Important," "In Review," and "Website." On the left side of Finder, color-coded tags are viewable, allowing users to more quickly locate files associated with each tag.

"The Mac has consistently outpaced the PC industry and OS X continues to be the most innovative and easy to use operating system in the world," said Federighi, Apple?s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
OS X Mavericks is our best version yet and features new Maps and iBooks apps, Finder Tags and Tabs, enhanced multi-display support, performance and energy saving features, and an all new Safari."

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With multiple display support, users will be able to access the menu bar and dock separately on each display. In one demonstration, Federighi loaded different full-screen applications on each of two displays.

Mission Control has also been "supercharged" for multiple displays, he said. In one demonstration, a full-screen application was dragged across displays to a second screen.

Mavericks also adds support for Apple TV, making it a full-powered OS X display. Users can view their menu bar, dock, and launch new applications on their television set.

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Another new feature announced by Apple is dubbed "Timer Coalescing." It allows CPU activity to be reduced by up to 72 percent in certain situations.

Enhanced "Compressed Memory" functionality will rapidly compress the inactive memory, freeing up space "almost instantaneously" to available applications, Federighi said.

Safari has also been updated with a new starting page, and a sidebar with quick access to bookmarks, Reading List, and shared links. The browser also comes with "big improvements" to performance, including Javascript, Federighi said.

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The new Safari offers a JSBench score 3.8 times better than Firefox, and also more than doubling the performance of Google's Chrome. And Safari will use less memory and energy and its competition.

Another new feature called "AppNow" will reduce power usage on tasks that are hidden in the background. In one example, an iTunes window was dragged in front of an active Safari browser, and Federighi demonstrated how CPU usage was drastically reduced.

And interactive Notifications will allow users to reply to a message, respond to a FaceTime call or even delete an e=mail without leaving the app being used. Websites can now use notifications to keep users up to date on the latest news, scores and other information. While You Were Away Notifications make sure users see what happened while your Mac was asleep.

Kicking off Monday's presentation, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed that Apple now has a Mac install base of 72 million users. Sales of the Mac are up 100 percent over the last 5 years, PC is up just 18 percent.

"It's never been about making the most," Cook said. "We care much more than the Mac is number one in customer sat and quality."

To date, Apple has shipped 28 million copies of its current OS X operating system, Mountain Lion, making it the best selling release of all time.

Currently, 35 percent of users are using Mountain Lion. Windows 8 is "struggling to get to 5," Cook said.
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Cool, albeit boring for most, update.  Seems most of it is behind the scenes, but tagging seems good for productivity.  Still can't believe multiple screens took this long to fix (I don't use it, but I can only imagine how frustrating that must have been for others).

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Great to see something other than stupid Facebook integration and kiddy features.
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Nice changes. I like it!
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Typo in article, you call it OS X 10.9 Mountain Lion.
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Now it's getting saucy.  Maps w/ push directions, Notifications, Calendar that shows weather (that's awesome!).  Keep 'em coming!

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Interesting! Tags is clearly Apple's solution to the file management quandary. A very powerful solution for advanced users but will the average user adopt the solution? Are users becoming familiar with tags by using products like Evernote?
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I love the Push to iPhone feature. 

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Did they finally bring back the "Snooze" function to appointments?

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Man, they screwed up a lot with names this time. Craig called it Mountain Lion on stage, Phil called Thunderbolt 2 "FireWire 2"… twice in a row…

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Was there any mention of hardware requirements?
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Was there any mention of hardware requirements?

I didn't hear any. Though the 60fps on iOS will probably require new hardware.
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Was there any mention of hardware requirements?

 

A developer will surely leak the beta specs later today.

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Man, they screwed up a lot with names this time. Craig called it Mountain Lion on stage, Phil called Thunderbolt 2 "FireWire 2"… twice in a row…

I thought he kept messing up the name calling it OS X MaverickS.  So I had to double check the name.  No... it's not named Maverick, singular.  It actually is plural.

 

OS X looks awesome... but the name is absolutely terrible.

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Cool, albeit boring for most, update.  Seems most of it is behind the scenes, but tagging seems good for productivity.  Still can't believe multiple screens took this long to fix (I don't use it, but I can only imagine how frustrating that must have been for others).

Tagging is most definitely the future... well actually the present. Think "hash tag".

I was wondering how long it would take Apple to do tagging truthfully. I just hope it's using OpenMeta tags...?!
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Originally Posted by Andysol View Post

OS X looks awesome... but the name is absolutely terrible.

 

*shrug* Gnarly, dude.

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Finally, a true Apple keynote, after too many months of iOS routine.
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Man, they screwed up a lot with names this time. Craig called it Mountain Lion on stage, Phil called Thunderbolt 2 "FireWire 2"… twice in a row…

 

Better than them reading their talks from a script.

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Could it be that this was the update that was to come last year and Lion was truly to be the last of the
'cats' OS? Maybe they couldn't get it all in and went for a last minute 'Mountain Lion'.
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Better than them reading their talks from a script.

 

Oh, certainly. 

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So far no features that I will use. It will should run faster, but it already runs fast.

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Better than them reading their talks from a script.

Or having little skits on stage to illustrate how your product functions could (in theory) be useful to the common man.

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... Still can't believe multiple screens took this long to fix (I don't use it, but I can only imagine how frustrating that must have been for others).

 

The thing about that I find the most interesting is that for many years Apple strenuously argued that it wasn't broken and that they had purposely designed it with the top bar and dock only on the main screen.  I find that (previous) argument rather more compelling than the recent reversal as I'm sure do many others.  

 

It's the same with a lot of things they announced in both iOS and OS X today also.  Reversals of previously held "philosophical" positions, in favour of "what the rabble want."  

 

I'm not so sure I like this new Apple. 

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....Brought to you by a "team of mavericks" - but I didn't see either John McCain or Sarah Palin in the audience.....

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Such a tacky, tacky name.  

 

And Craig said that this would last them the next ten years too, so we can reasonably expect that each new version of OS X will be named after some California hipster hangout that the rest of the world isn't even aware of.  I find this whole idea kind of offensive as I'm sure everyone outside of the USA will in time.  

 

Something much more generic, that has resonance to more than just the folks at Apple and the hipsters of California would be more appropriate.  

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They've long highlighted the California association so this has a certain logic.

 

Sure, "Eleven" would have been far more innovative. But I expect that "Thirteen" downside loomed too big to go that way. No way you offend the superstitious demo that way.

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Or having little skits on stage to illustrate how your product functions could (in theory) be useful to the common man.

That (little skits) may have been the single most excoriated feature of the Galaxy S4 rollout.

 

Second only to the entire building's WiFi crashing.

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The thing about that I find the most interesting is that for many years Apple strenuously argued that it wasn't broken and that they had purposely designed it with the top bar and dock only on the main screen.  I find that (previous) argument rather more compelling than the recent reversal as I'm sure do many others.  

 

It's the same with a lot of things they announced in both iOS and OS X today also.  Reversals of previously held "philosophical" positions, in favour of "what the rabble want."  

 

I'm not so sure I like this new Apple. 

 

Now that Steve is gone expect to see some changes.  I don't care what their past philosophy was, the new changes make a better product.  I'm all for it.

 

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Such a tacky, tacky name.  

 

And Craig said that this would last them the next ten years too, so we can reasonably expect that each new version of OS X will be named after some California hipster hangout that the rest of the world isn't even aware of.  I find this whole idea kind of offensive as I'm sure everyone outside of the USA will in time.  

 

Something much more generic, that has resonance to more than just the folks at Apple and the hipsters of California would be more appropriate.  

 

Seriously, you're offended the next OS is named after a beach in California?  If the name of a Californian beach offends you why even use a product designed in the US?  There's plenty of machines from Japan (Sony, Toshiba) that shouldn't offend you.  Or how about all those computers coming out of Europe that you read about every day?  If 10.10 is named Bondi would that be equally offensive? 

 

Is the name a little odd? Ya, I'd agree.  Especially considering it's a beach most people in the U.S. have never heard of, but it is what it is.  We'll only have a year to worry about it before we move on.


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Compressed Memory sounds an awful lot like what "RAM Doubler" did for us back in the days of OS 8/9 when 4-MB of memory was standard on our Centris and Quadra Macs. It compressed infrequently used RAM contents (while they were in RAM, so it happened quickly and transparently to the user) but the extra RAM freed up when RAM prices were sky high was invaluable.

Now that RAM is relatively cheap, does it make as much sense? I'd say, YES, since Apple Inc. seems to be hard-wiring a lot of their machines with fixed RAM allotments. This RAM Doubling act in OS X Mavericks (lame name unless you're from the West Coast), should do nicely.
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The X in OSX has now become standard. It flows so nicely that they will never call it OSXI.

I'm not crazy about the "Mavericks" name.

 

"What OS do you have?"

"I'm running Mavericks"

 

Maybe it will sound better over time....Like iPad.

The tags feature could really change workflows and I'm excited about that.

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I'm not crazy about the "Mavericks" name.
"What OS do you have?"
"I'm running Mavericks"

Maybe it will sound better over time....Like iPad.

The thing with using a series of common names is that it's easier to put them in order. This seems like they will be picking random places or icons in California. They would have run out of cats eventually so they had to come up with something new. One positive is that they can choose things more freely and get nice photography to match. I think abstract names might have worked better such as 10.9 Ocean / Wave / Surf because the association with the imagery is easier internationally but the way they chose, it promotes things in California, which they seem to have wanted.

Craig seemed a bit surprised at the reaction when he announced the features like tabs and multiple displays, like 'really you like fullscreen on multiple desktops'. Um, yes because that's the logical way for it to work and having access to the menu bar and dock on multiple screens has been needed for so long. Craig only came back to Apple in 2009 but OS X has been around for 13 years; after just a few years, some of those missing things really start to get annoying so very welcome updates.
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"What OS do you have?"

"I'm gonna buzz the tower."

 

Fixed.

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Looking forward to the future release of "Rancho Cucamonga".

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BTW wasn't Craig's presentation really excellent?  I like the humor and his relaxed demeanor.  He seems to be the rockstar of Keynote presenters.

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BTW wasn't Craig's presentation really excellent?  I like the humor and his relaxed demeanor.  He seems to be the rockstar of Keynote presenters.

You should check out the keynotes he gave last year during the WWDC week. Really funny, with great slides:
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OS X looks awesome... but the name is absolutely terrible.

 

Just call it OS X 10.9 then?

 

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Was there any mention of hardware requirements?

 

Said It will be for

 

iPhone 4 (so 4, 4S, 5 onwards)

5th gen iPod touch, (not previous 3.5" gen's)

iPad 2 onwards (I think)

Ipad mini onwards

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The thing with using a series of common names is that it's easier to put them in order. This seems like they will be picking random places or icons in California. They would have run out of cats eventually so they had to come up with something new. One positive is that they can choose things more freely and get nice photography to match. I think abstract names might have worked better such as 10.9 Ocean / Wave / Surf because the association with the imagery is easier internationally but the way they chose, it promotes things in California, which they seem to have wanted.

I can't wait till OS 10.10 Yosemite!

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Such a tacky, tacky name.  

 

And Craig said that this would last them the next ten years too, so we can reasonably expect that each new version of OS X will be named after some California hipster hangout that the rest of the world isn't even aware of.  I find this whole idea kind of offensive as I'm sure everyone outside of the USA will in time.  

 

Something much more generic, that has resonance to more than just the folks at Apple and the hipsters of California would be more appropriate.  

How is it offensive? Many of the cats that were used for names of prior Mac OS 10 operating systems cannot even be found in the United States, let alone in California. 

 

I'm offended! /s

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Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post
Such a tacky, tacky name.  

 

lolno.


And Craig said that this would last them the next ten years too

 

Well… yeah. In 2001, Steve said that Mac OS X was their solution for the next 20 years. We've only had 12 of those.


…so we can reasonably expect that each new version of OS X will be named after some California hipster hangout that the rest of the world isn't even aware of.

 

Edumacate yourself. Looks famous to me.


I find this whole idea kind of offensive as I'm sure everyone outside of the USA will in time.  

 

I find the idea of capitalizing on endangered cats offensive.

 

"But that's ludicrous."


Yeah, I wanted a statement to match his, is all.


Something much more generic, that has resonance to more than just the folks at Apple and the hipsters of California would be more appropriate.

 

How about Mac OS 10.9 Shut Up Idiot Whiners?

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One feature I've always wanted to see in Mac OS X is to automatically mount my MacBook Pro drive in the Finder when I plug it in.

 

Just to exchange files, like when it sees my camera or USB thumb drive.

 

Having to reboot into TDM is annoying. I'm sure there's a valid reason they don't allow this, but it would make life easier.

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