Apple released its latest OS X version named Mavericks last week publicly after announcing it in June at WWDC event. With this release, Apple has introduced several improvements, additions and new features to improve the overall experience of the OS. Here is a list of our favorites of some useful Mavericks features:
1- OS X Mavericks features - multiple display support:
Mavericks is offering improved support for multiple displays allowing users to open apps in full screen mode on one display while continuing to work on another. You can also work side-by-side in both windows. Each display has its own Menu bar too!
2- Document tagging:
Now you can use tags to label and organize your documents. No more trying to remember where you stored your files!
3- OS X Mavericks features - iCloud keychain:
We have already written about this feature exclusively. Apple introduced Keychain in the latest OS X Mavericks and iOS 7. iCloud Keychain is a new password and login manager. You can read more about this feature on our post How to Setup iCloud Keychain on iOS devices, or learn to generate stronger password using Keychain via this post.
4- Share text shortcuts between iOS:
iOS has a feature to create shortcuts to enter phrases and other text quickly and easily. For Mac user, these shortcuts can now be synced between all devices.
5- OS X Mavericks features - add emoticons & special characters:
Cmd+Ctrl+Space will bring you up a list of emoji for your emails, instant messages or any other documents!
6- Sidebar and Shared links in Safari:
Safari for iOS 7 and OS X has a few new features to boost the usefulness of the app. The sidebar gives you easy access to your bookmarks and your reading list. A feature named Shared Links in the sidebar pulls in links posted by the people you follow on Twitter and LinkedIn in one list to make it easier for you to check the links. On OS X Mavericks, Top Sites has also been improved; you can now add sites from your bookmarks and organize them by dragging them around the screen!
7- Sync your iBooks reading progress:
OS X now ships with iBooks, allowing you to read books on the big screen of your MacBook or iMac. Now that iBooks is on OS X and iOS, a new syncing feature will track your progress on any device and keep it synced on all the other devices. Which essentially means you can read on your Mac and pick up right where you left off on your iPad!
8- OS X Mavericks Features - OS X Maps:
OS X features a new Maps app that is filled with addresses, city fly overs information and driving directions.
9 - How to check which apps are gaining access to your location?
Concerned about your location's privacy? Go to Security & Privacy > Privacy to know which apps are accessing your location information.
10- OS X Mavericks features - longer battery life:
Some power optimizations in OS X Mavericks will let you grab another hour of battery juice. Menu bar will show you which apps are using the most power.
11- OS X Mavericks features - App Nap!
To boost battery life in OS X Mavericks, App Nap will slow down an app that is not being actively used. Of course you have the control to set which apps are being put to sleep. Open Finder window and browse your applications folder. Right click on any application that you want the feature to not make it go to sleep and select Get Info. You will see a checkbox that’ll allow you to turn off Prevent App Nap for that app.
12- Tabbed Finder windows:
13- Calendar improvements in OS X Mavericks:
An overhauled app with a new fresh, iOS 7-like look, Calendar app has been improved in the OS X Mavericks. New Week View, travel time data and a map of the location of the event that you are attending, this app has several new features! More? Even Facebook events will now show up in the Calendar - that is, if you have approved it.
14- Automatic updates
Just like iOS 7, you can now setup OS X Mavericks to automatically download app updates on your behalf!
15- OS X Mavericks features - Do Not Disturb:
OS X has a Do Not Disturb setting to help you turn off notifications if you don’t want to be disturbed by the incoming notifications. Nope, this won't stop the notifications from coming, it will just not alert you about any incoming notifications.
There is a new improvement that happened to notifications: you can now respond to IMs, Facetime, and emails right within the notification screen! You can also receive notification for any websites from Safari.
Have you upgraded to Mavericks yet? Do let us know about your favorite features!