WWDC: Apple Announces OS X Mavericks Operating System

OS X Mavericks developer preview debuts with over 200 new features, including "Maps and iBooks apps, Finder Tags and Tabs, enhanced multi-display support, performance and energy saving features, and an all new Safari."

Apple's kicked off its WWDC 2013, with the opening keynote by CEO Tim Cook, sharing numbers on the company's products outpacing the competition stated that Apple now has 407 retail stores, 900 thousand apps.

Below is a full list of Apple's stats revealed at WWDC:

  • #1 in satisfaction
  • 6 Million registered developers, comparing to 1.5 million of last year
  • WWDC was sold out in 71 seconds
  • $10 billion paid-out to third-party app developers (Apple paid developers $5 billion in 2012, $2.5 billion in 2011 and $1.5 billion in 2010, and $1 billion this year-to date).
  • 407 stores in 14 countries
  • 50 billion total downloads from the Apple App Store
  • 900,000 App Store apps -- "93% downloaded each month" -- "with 375,000 designed specifically for iPad."

    In June 2012, Apple said there were then 650k iOS applications, (225,000 built for iPad, up from 425,000 iOS apps in 2011, when just 90,000 were iPad-ready.)

  • 575,000,000 store accounts (more accounts with credit cards than any store online)
  • -paid developers 10 billion (3 times more than all other mobile platforms combined)
  • 72 million Mac installed base, #1 U.S. desktop
  • Mac is up 100% vs PC up 18% over 5 year growth period
  • 28 million copies of Mountain Lion, best selling release of all time.

Taking on stage, Apple's svp of software engineering Craig Federighi said having used names like Panther, Leopard, and Mountain Lion for past nine updates for Mac OS X, the company was now running out of cat names, and was considering to call the new OS X as "Sea Lion," before concluding the OS X Mavericks, named after the surfing location in Northern California.

The new OS X 10.9 Mavericks, is expected to be released to the public later this year, and enters a private beta for developers today. The new 10.9 Macintosh operating system delivers a collection of new features including:

Mac OS X Mavericks

  • Tagging
  • Tabs in the Finder
  • Better multiple display support
  • a new calendar or iCloud Keychain
  • Apple TV can now work as a full powered display
  • iBooks and Maps apps
  • Compressed memory
  • Better battery life
  • Redesigned Safari
  • iCloud keychain
  • Quick reply for messages
  • Lock screen notifications
  • Auto updating apps
  • Redesigned Calendar UI

Apple also announced Maps for OS X, with crisp vector graphics, stunning 3D view and interactive Flyover and directions. With Maps users would get the same info cards as on iOS.

The new Maps app seamlessly integrates with iPhone. "You can plan a trip from your Mac, then send it to your iPhone for voice navigation on the road," Apple said.

Maps integration throughout Mavericks gives users helpful maps from within Mail, Contacts and Calendar, and developers can integrate the same powerful mapping features into their apps through the Map Kit API.

Apple said that the new OS X reduces CPU usage by up to 72%, and it also includes new CPU management tools.

Adding, the company said it has retooled the memory processes and now claims to have utilized a new method that compresses inactive memory into one place, freeing up space in the process. Apple claims this improves processes like wakeup time by up to 1.5x times.

Apple also rolled out a new version of Safari browser, that is now faster and features better CPU management.

Federighi said that the new Safari 7 features significantly improved JavaScript performance, and will beat Chrome and Firefox.

Safari will now also support OS X's new Power Nap feature, which will significantly reduce the browser's power consumption.

It also has a new homepage with access to bookmarks, and a new sidebar. The sidebar gives you access to your bookmarks, as well as your reading list.

Also, reading list now features shared lists.

The new Safari will also feature iCloud Keychain, a cloud-connected password manager, that will help you save passwords, and also lets you save credit cards and other information.

Other new features include one-click bookmarking, a new look for Reader, new process-per-tab architecture makes the browser more responsive, stable and secure.

Safari also introduces innovations like Shared Links, which make it easy to discover, read and share interesting new content from Twitter and LinkedIn, all in one place.

Apple also announced iBooks for OS X, that will allow you to read purchased books and textbooks from its 1.8 million title online bookstore, right from the desktop and purchase titles on the fly.

"iBooks also works seamlessly across your devices, so you can read a book on your Mac, make notes or highlights, and then pick up exactly where you left off on your iPad," apple stated.

"You can arrange books into collections and a new UI allows you to swipe between pages and drop into "night mode" to reduce eye strain in the dark. The app also supports interactive aspects of iBooks books. The app seems to be custom-made for students with a focus on note-taking and cross-platform reading."

OS X Mavericks introduces new power user features for the ultimate Mac experience including: Tags, a powerful new way to organize and find files anywhere on a Mac or in iCloud.

"You can easily tag any file in the Finder, in iCloud, or when saving a new document. Tags appear in the Finder Sidebar to enable you to view files by project or category. Finder Tabs reduce the clutter on your desktop by consolidating multiple Finder windows into one window with multiple tabs. You can customize the view for each tab, move files between tabs, and even run the Finder with multiple tabs open in full-screen," explains Apple.

Mavericks also makes using multiple displays even easier and more powerful. The menu bar and dock are available on any display, and users can now easily run windowed or full-screen apps on whichever display they choose, with no configuration required.

With Mavericks you can also use your HDTV as a second display using Apple TV and AirPlay.

New core technologies in OS X Mavericks improve the energy efficiency and responsiveness of your Mac:

  • Timer Coalescing intelligently groups together low-level operations so that the CPU can spend more time in a low-power state, saving energy without affecting performance or responsiveness.
  • App Nap reduces the power consumed by apps that you're not using.
  • Compressed Memory technology keeps your Mac fast and responsive. When your system's memory begins to fill up, Compressed Memory automatically compresses inactive data. When these items are needed again, Mavericks instantly uncompresses them.

Additional features in OS X Mavericks include:

  • iCloud Keychain, which safely stores your website login information, credit card numbers and Wi-Fi passwords, and pushes them to all of your devices so you don't need to remember them. Information is always protected with AES-256 encryption when it's stored on your Mac and when it's pushed to your devices;
  • an updated Calendar, which adds integration with Maps, continuous scrolling so you can zip through weeks or months, and a new Inspector to simplify event creation and editing;
  • interactive Notifications, allowing you to reply to a message, respond to a FaceTime call or even delete an email without leaving the app you're using. Websites can now use notifications to keep you up to date on the latest news, scores and other information. While You Were Away Notifications make sure you see what happened while your Mac was asleep; and
  • Xcode 5, with powerful, intuitive new tools for developers that measure every aspect of app performance and energy use, as well as app testing.

Apple also showed new quick reply feature for Notifications on the Mac, that allow users to mouse over a notification and quickly reply from a dialog that pops depending on the app. "Not only can you reply to messages to respond to FaceTime calls." For example, you will also be able to perform other actions with the quick reply Notifications such as quickly deleting emails.

Additionally, Notifications can be directly viewed from the lock screen in OS X Mavericks.

Another feature, Apple demonstrated is the ability to receive iOS push notifications right on your Mac for apps installed on your iPhone and iPad.

The preview release of OS X Mavericks is available to Mac Developer Program members starting today. Mac users will be able to download Mavericks from the Mac App Store this fall.

Apple also showed off some new features for its iWork suite of apps that include "Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps," coming later this year to both Mac and iOS.

The new web apps, available initially only to developers starting today, will be dubbed "iWork for iCloud" and bring web apps to iCloud that will compete directly with Google Docs and Google's other suite of web apps.

Apple execs spent much of the time on stage showing off the new Pages for iCloud app, demoing how users can drag and drop Microsoft Word files and other documents directly into the iCloud.com UI in their browser to begin editing a document. Apple also briefly demoed presentations and spreadsheets running in web versions of the Numbers and Keynote apps.

During the demo of the new iWork for iCloud apps, Apple also made a point of noting that the new apps run in any browser by showing off the apps running on Windows 8.

A public beta of the new iWork for iCloud apps will be arriving later this year.

Apple has also added "Enhanced Dictation" and "Live Feedback" to OS X Mavericks, which is now available for download.

"Enhanced Dictation" makes it possible to speak your words without requiring an Internet connection. In addition, you can get live feedback. With live feedback, you can see what Dictation is interpreting before you press the enter key.

Of note, live feedback works even when you're offline and seems to be working perfectly.

OS X Mavericks Enhanced Dictation and Live Feedback