Apple announces OS X Mavericks with better Finder, new apps for iBooks, Maps

os x mavericksAt the Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Apple SVP of Software, Craig Federighi, announced OS X Mavericks, the next version of Mac OS X. The release marks Apple’s move away from cat-themed names for major OS X releases.

Federighi highlighted three main features of OS Mavericks during the keynote:

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Finder Tabs

Finder now has tabbed browsing support just like your web browser, so that you can see contents of various directories without having to juggle between multiple windows. You can drag files and folders across tabs, as you’d expect.

Document tags

You can now tag documents when you save them, so that they appear in a single group in Finder. Documents can be tagged from any device and OS X will sync them using iCloud. These tags will also be searchable from the Finder, so that you can find documents more easily.

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Better Multiple Display Support

Docks, menus can now appear on each display, and full screen mode no longer makes all screens except for one useless. There’s multiple monitor support for Spaces as well, so now you can move between different spaces on one screen without affecting the other one.

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Safar’s home page now has a sidebar that shows you your bookmarks, reading list and shared links. Shared links are links shared by your friends on social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn. There are also performance improvements which make Safari 1.44x faster than Chrome, and reduce its memory footprint.

iBooks for Mac

Apple has finally made available its iBook app for the Mac so that iOS users can finally read the iBooks they’ve purchased on their computers.

Apple Maps for Mac

Despite getting a lot of criticism for its mapping data, Apple has made a Maps app for the Mac.

There are various under the hood optimisations for performance improvements, some advanced features like the addition of OpenGL 4 for better graphics, an updated Safar and a lot more.

Apple has made a developer preview of Mavericks available for registered developers from today, with a final release scheduled for fall.

Developing. Check out our WWDC 2013 liveblog for the latest updates!