Top New Features in Mac OS X Mavericks

by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
With iOS 7 getting most of the attention after Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this year, there hasn't been as much fanfare about the new OS X Mavericks launching in the fall. But for Mac fans around the world, OS X will be a big deal, featuring more than 200 new updates. Here are a few of the ones we're looking forward to the most.


For all the book lovers and students out there, this one's for you. iBooks is now available in OS X Mavericks, with books that you've downloaded on other iOS devices automatically available on your Mac. You can easily switch between multiple open books, navigate books just like you would on any other iOS device, and share notes, highlights, and bookmarks with iCloud.


Searching for directions and local businesses just got easier with the new Maps app on OS X Mavericks. The graphics are gorgeous, Yelp reviews are built in, and you can send directions to your iPhone for voice navigation. Maps are built in to the Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps for easy integration. Any address pops up on a map for real-time traffic, step-by-step directions, and alternate routes.

Multi-Display Support

If you're an Apple fanatic, the new multi-display support available in OS X Mavericks is just for you. Working across multiple screens and devices just got easier with the option for multiple app windows on either display, Mission Control for getting a broader view of open apps, and the ability to drag an app across the room to your HDTV with AirPlay and Apple TV.

Finder Tabs

Trouble staying organized? Finder Tabs and Tags can help with that. Finder Tabs combines multiple Finder windows into one, so you can have a tab for All Documents, one for Photos, and one for Homework all in one window. Easily switch between tabs or drag and drop files between tabs.
Tags help you find files faster, no matter where you store them. By tagging similar files on your Mac and in iCloud, you can search for files using a keyword (like "Scotland") to find all related files with just a single click. You can even use multiple tags for a single file.

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