According to 9to5Mac, the next major OS X update, OS X 10.9, is said to focus on bringing core iOS features to the Mac, and add certain “power-user” features like a tabbed interface for Finder and improved multi-screen support.
Codenamed “Cabernet,” OS X 10.9 isn’t going to be a complete overhaul like previous releases, but will feature the following new features and improvements:
- Finder will now have a tabbed browsing mode and tag-based navigation, a feature that is currently found in a number of third-party Finder alternatives.
- New Safari browser with improved page loading, speed, efficiency and hopefully its memory footprint will all be improved upon.
- OS X will finally be able to run more than one full-screen app simultaneously on multiple monitors. Currently when an app is switched to full-screen mode, all screens except for one are practically useless.
- Apple is also reportedly working on bringing iOS-like multi-tasking to OS X, with the same restrictive background capabilities and quick-app switcher. This system could help Apple’s MacBook line of products, which are generally resource constrained.
- OS X 10.9 would also be accompanied with an update to Apple’s IDE for iOS and Mac app development, Xcode. Xcode 5.0 is said to feature a new interface, and improve testing tools.
Apple typically releases a preview of the next major version of OS X a few months before WWDC, but is apparently transferring some of its OS X resources to iOS, and hence running on a delayed schedule.