Apple Unveils OS X Mavericks; Includes Finder Tabs, Tagging, Multiple Displays, Apple Maps & iBooks

OS-X-iconToday, at its developer conference Apple unveiled new operating systems for both Macs and also iOS devices. The Mac which now has an installed base of 72 million has seen its growth at a rate of 15% y-o-y which is much higher than the PC average of 3%. The number of Macs have doubled in the last 5 years.

Running out of members in the cat family, Apple has decided to call OS X as Mavericks, after a place in California, which will be available for download later this year.

Here are all the latest features that are going to be included in Mavericks.

Finder Tabs: With this feature, you can pull multiple Finder windows into tabs at the top of a single window. This allows you to view different sections of your computer, like documents, your hard drive, music, and photos, all in one place.

Tagging: When you save a document, in addition to providing its location and name you can also tag it and it will appear in the Finder sidebar. You can give the same file multiple tags. You can even assign tags by dragging different files into the tag section in Finder. This is definitely going to be great for search.

Multiple Displays: The menu bar and dock can now be made available on any display, and users can now run windowed or full-screen apps on whichever display they choose. Full screen apps now work much better and you can have two different full screen apps on different displays.

Advanced technology: OS X Mavericks integrates a whole host of under the hood features that make your computer faster help it get better battery life.  Timer Coalescing groups together low-level operations so that the CPU can spend more time in a low-power state, saving energy without affecting performance or responsiveness. App Nap reduces the power consumed by apps that are not being used. Compressed Memory technology keeps your Mac fast and responsive.

Safari: Safari got a whole lot of new features, the highlight of which is an improved sidebar that helps you get around the browser better. Using the sidebar, you can continuously scroll through your Reading List. There is a Shared Links that lets you see all the links your friends share across social networks like Twitter.  The browser also brings a ton of power saving features. Apple said that Safari uses much less energy than Chrome and Firefox and is even more powerful than them.

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iCloud Keychain: To help you manage, multiple passwords there is a new feature called iCloud keychain that creates complex passwords for you. These auto-generated passwords are always encrypted and available on any device. Safari can auto-suggest a password for you and sync it across multiple systems.

Notifications: Notifications now allow you to respond to alerts without opening the app. Notifications from your iOS device can now be pushed to your computer and notifications can be viewed from the computer lock screen, before entering your password. Apps also update in the background.

Calendar: Apple’s built-in calendar now integrates stuff like location, travel time, weather, and Facebook events. When you add an event it will prompt you to add a suitable location to an event and also suggest travel times. This is also continuous scrolling so you can scroll through weeks or months.

Maps: Apple Maps is now available also available on the desktop. You can send directions from your computer to your phone. Features vector graphics, 3D view and Flyover are included.

iBooks: Lets you read books from your iOS devices on your desktop.

Availability: A developer preview will be available today and the final release will be available this Fall (Third Quarter).

Hardware

New MacBook Air & India Pricing

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Apple also updated the MacBook Air, and it now has all day battery life and is powered by a fourth generation Intel core processors with faster graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and flash storage that is up to 45 percent faster than the previous generation. It is available both as 11-inch and 13-inch models.

The new MacBook Air features fourth generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell processors that give the 13-inch MacBook Air up to 12 hours of battery life and the 11-inch MacBook Air up to 9 hours of battery life.

The  MacBook Air now supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The new Intel HD Graphics 5000 gives MacBook Air up to 40% faster performance for gaming and graphics intensive apps, and the new flash storage provides speeds up to 45 percent faster than the previous generation.

The New MacBook Air will be available in India starting today at price of Rs 67,900 & Rs
81,900 for the 11-inch and Rs 74,900 and Rs 88,900 for the 13-inch for the 128 GB and 256 GB versions respectively.

Mac Pro Sneak Peek

mac-pro-2013Apple also gave a sneak peek at the new Mac Pro which would be unveiled later this year with a crazy brilliant video and also revealed some details. It is designed around an unified thermal core and will have next generation Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, Thunderbolt 2, PCIe-based flash storage, and ultra-fast ECC memory. It will be just 9.9-inch tall and be 1/8th the size of its predecessor.  It will have six Thunderbolt 2 ports.

 

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