Mavericks is the latest version of OS X and comes with dozens of improvements over OS X Mountain Lion. Here’s my personal list of the best new features that you’re going to like.
Some are obvious advances, some are more subtle, some are just a little extra eye candy, but Mavericks is for the masses of Mac users longing for obvious benefits already enjoyed by iPhone and iPad users.
iBooks – It’s about time. Whatever you’ve bought and loved on your iPhone or iPad is now available on the Mac. iBooks are easily downloaded from your iTunes account, and even better than iPhone and iPad is the option to display multiple books at once.
Apple Maps – This is what you think it is. Maps that are better than Google’s, easier to use, faster, and it comes with a way to send a Maps turn-by-turn from Mac to iPhone or iPad.
Menus And Multiple Displays – For Mac users with multiple displays Apple limited OS X to a single display with a Menubar. No more. Every display gets a Menubar and Dock, and each can have a fullscreen app.
Interactive Notifications – Instead of just receiving a popup notification, Mavericks gives you options built in to the notification. Respond to an iMessage right from within the popup (no need to switch to the iMessage app).
Finder Tabs – This one is long, long, long overdue. The Finder finally gets tabs. Multiple Finder windows can be combined into one window. I love this.
Auto Updates – Simply put, applications you downloaded from the Mac App Store will be downloaded and installed in the background. Yes, you can disable this, but it saves time not to have to open the Mac App Store app.
Dictation – Yes, dictation was available in OS X Mountain Lion, but the new version works better and faster after you download the Enhanced Dictation package. It displays what you dictate as you dictate, even if the Mac is not connected to the internet.
Another important new feature that I haven’t tested yet is iCloud Keychain. What this does is store passwords, credit-card numbers, and other valuable information and synchronize it all between Macs and iPhone and iPad.
Also, OS X Mavericks has new energy-saving built-in so a Mac notebook’s battery should last longer. Already, my MacBook Air goes about 12 hours, but Safari also has a power saver option for websites which display animations and videos. If they’re not front and center then they’re not using as much battery juice.