OS X Mavericks

I don’t think there is any surprises with the new version of OS X. Some desktop improvements and deeper integration with iOS. That continues a move Apple began with the last version of OS X in bringing the two OSes together in a way that makes it easy for users to sync and share data. Maps, Notifications, iBooks and iCloud Keychain are all going to be great additions to OS X.

  • RFN

    Surely at least the OS X icons for Cal and Notes need to come into line with iOS7. Then the app interfaces need to come into line too. OS X would seem to be playing UI catch up now.

    • Moeskido

      OS X has been playing UI catch-up ever since iOS got popular.

  • I wonder if it will still run on a Core 2 Duo. 10.6.8 was the last for the Core Duo, I am afraid 10.8.x will be the end of the trail for the Core 2 Duo. But I have nothing to substantiate this claim… yet.

    • Kriztyan

      I don’t thinks so. Whatever Mac can run Snow Leopard, will be able to run this. It was a 64bit thing that precluded the older Macs from running the latest and greatest.

      • You’re right. it runs on my Core2Duo mbp from 2010. Phew.

  • Jim McPherson

    No problem with the OS.. but as a name, I preferred Sea Lion.

  • Jack

    The biggest surprise was the name.

  • Jeff Zugale

    Do you think Tagging might be the first slow step towards hiding the file system from the user?

    • lucascott

      I don’t think it will be hiding it per se but making it less needed by the average user, sure. And I say that is good.

      Talking with the cuz about reactions she wishes you could tag ibooks as well. create adhoc collections. even tag photos you take with faces that then sync over to iphoto along with albums (which could be done adhoc via tagging as well). lots of uses for something like that.

      and we both wonder if this kind of tagging might be used to reduce the sandboxing in iOS. one common file system where apps can only see things with certain tags. even if we the user can’t see them.

  • Sigivald

    Knew they’d have to run out of cat names eventually.

    Maybe they should have really used Sea Lion, though.

    • MacsenMcBain

      I thought I heard some time back that they were going to go with “Lynx.” Would’ve fit with the tighter-integration-with-iOS theme.

  • Fraydog

    The only thing I can think of that’s missing is Siri.

  • I especially like a native Maps application, it’s great to be able to send it to my iPhone, but does it go the other way?

  • Artibee

    This is the first OS X in some time that I feel is going to add, rather than take away from my user experience. I’m looking forward to it.

  • marv08

    Love the multi-screen support and under-the-hood improvements. I have begged for the former since they actually killed it (or rather the ancient implementation) with Spaces. This alone will make me upgrade at any price.

    Don’t see the new Finder replacing PathFinder for me (there is no replacement for its split view) and have little desire to read (i)books on a computer.

  • I love the implementation of multiple screens. I have two screens on my iMac at work and my MacBook Pro and iMac at home.

    I really, really hope Mavericks works on my Core 2 Duo Macs.

    • Colin Mattson

      Multi-screen’s been a mess since they added Full Screen as a “feature,” but I never could have asked for anything as awesome as what they demoed today.

    • lkalliance

      No specific word yet on the hardware required…but here is at least one article that suggests that if it runs Mountain Lion it’ll run Sea Lion:


      • I went ahead and joined the Mac developer program so I could download the 10.9 preview. So I’ll see how well it runs.

        • lkalliance

          Will be really curious about that. My own iMac is a little on the older side of the spectrum. It already doesn’t do Airdrop because of its older Airport card…I will be interested to see if it handles, say, AirPlay monitor mirroring to my Apple TV, or if there are any other features it won’t handle.

  • Liam Green

    I agree. Mavericks is more coherent with iOS, and yet more powerful and feature-rich than previous iterations of OS X. I really like the direction.