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Mac OS X Update

From Mountain Lion to Mavericks

Are you ready for the newest update that Apple has to offer? There is a lot of buzz on the new interface for the iPhone and iPad, but OS X 10.8 got a facelift, too. Although there will not be a continuation of big cat names (sad face), Apple has made up for it with fantastic features for the new OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

According to Daniel Joseph of The Guardian, Apple has set itself apart as a brand by being a tool for innovation rather than making outlandish experiments themselves. This is reference to Google creating self-driven cars. As a subtle counter-attack, the first demo at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC, was of a small company that created their own self-driven cars. Naturally, they used iOS software.

TechRadar gave a good overview of new features to expect from the software update. Here are a few of our favorites:

1.) Increased Performance

Apple has created two features that will assist in saving energy and enhancing performance. TechRadar mentioned “App Nap” which decreases the power consumed by apps that are not currently in use. Next up is “Compressed Memory” which compresses dormant data until you need to use it again.

2.) Fancier Notifications

Like the notifications feature you got with Mountain Lion? Let Maverick ‘wow’ you once again. The upgraded feature can let you answer your FaceTime calls straight from the notification, according to TechRadar. You can also sync your Apple devices so that your iOS notifications show up on OS X devices and the other way around.

TechRadar also points out a new feature for Finder: tags. You can search your files or folders by categories you create. This is taking organization to another level. There are also tabs similar to the ones used in browsers. You can open several at a time and move files between them. Pretty nifty.

3.) Tags on Tabs on Tags, on Finder

Let us know what feature you are looking forward to using when OS X Mavericks becomes available this fall. Was there something you wanted Apple to include in this update? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Sites:

The Guardian – WWDC: How Apple Won Back Our Hearts

Tech Radar – OS X 10.9 Mavericks Release Date, News, and Features