Apple's OS X Mavericks hands-on, in pictures

Apple's OS X Mavericks hands-on, in pictures

Summary: ZDNet takes OS X Mavericks, Apple's latest desktop and laptop operating system, for a test drive to show you what's new and improved.

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  • App Nap helps save battery life

    App Nap helps to save battery power by "slowing down" applications that are not being used, or hidden by other windows. With Safari, CPU energy can be reduced by almost one-quarter, which helps to conserve battery charge throughout the day. According to Apple, as soon as you start to use it again, the application instantly and seamlessly shifts back to full speed. 

  • More iCloud integration

    A number of in-built apps are now compatible with iCloud storage, including Automator and AppleScript Editor, suggesting a greater integration of software and services with the desktop platform.

  • Apple Maps to the desktop

    In spite of its rocky start on its mobile devices, Apple has brought its Maps apps to the desktop. It includes all of the features from the mobile app, such as 3D maps, local information, and driving directions.

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  • Some interesting new features

    Others hopefully can be avoided. Looks like a decent upgrade.
    Troll Hunter J
    • I would look at the pictures...

      ... but this gallery takes too long to get through.

      Ugh...
      ForeverCookie
    • Same old defects

      But the Finder is still is a disgraceful insult to users. After years of complaints, it still doesn't sort correctly (with folders at the top of alphabetical lists of files). It still doesn't create subfolders in the selected folder, but rather at the root of the volume (which is often off the screen). Still doesn't search the selected folder by default, or even offer the option to do so.

      The calendar UI has been degraded. There's no Today button. Days aren't demarcated clearly, especially today. There's still nothing that lets you set (or even shows you) what the default alert is (an idiotic defect that is years old).

      So what is "better" here at all?
      dgurney
  • Thanks

    but, I still don't find the UI very appealing.
    roteague
    • That wonderful

      If everyone liked the same thing, there would be no choice.
      Troll Hunter J
  • A desktop OS UI designed for the desktop.

    Wow, Apple isn't trying to shove a touch screen UI down the throats of desktop and laptop users. How refreshing.
    GrumpyOldMan
    • Track Pad

      It's because the track pad on the MacBook is pretty good for gestures. Also, touching the screen on a MacBook Air 11' would not make sense: when you tap the screen the laptop falls over because it's so light weight. Not mentioning a screen full of greasy fingerprints.
      Eleutherios
      • I agree

        MacOS could convert to touch and work perfectly just the way it is. Thankfully Windows 8 implemented the much more natural scrolling direction that MacOS uses. It was getting really confusing switching back and forth with Windows. Mouse wheels are still annoying.
        LarsDennert
        • asinine focus problem

          But did Microsoft fix the problem where you have to click everywhere to get scrolling to work? Instead of scrolling the contents over which the cursor is hovering, Microsoft idiotically forces you to click on everything before it will respond to scrolling attempts.
          dgurney
    • Re: A desktop OS UI designed for the desktop

      Indeed Apple have not been drawn in. Instead they have taken a two pronged approach.

      OS X for their Desktop products and iOS for the iPhone and iPad.

      Exciting times ahead with both final releases of OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 coming soon.

      Tough times ahead for Android I predict.
      5735guy
      • OSX retarded for desktop

        I disagree.
        I use OSX often, and EVERYTIME I feel like the whole crux of OSX is to use 80% of your screen size by default.
        Fullscreen mode is clunky especially with multiple monitors.
        The dockbar leaves dead space in corners.
        Every app wants to assume dead space around it.
        The menu bar is still stuck on one screen in one spot.
        All the icons throughout most of OSX is HUGE and leaves tons of dead space.
        If it was meant for touch, I would understand, but it's not!
        It's like you need a 27" monitor for OSX to use it like a 24" monitor.
        Windows is the pro interface.
        OSX is the toy interface.
        warboat
        • Windows 8 - now with brighter colours and bigger text for the slow learners

          I realise your heading and last comment is meant as a troll, for which I'd simply say: Look at OSX and Windows 8 side-by-side, and tell me which looks more like a toy, and which has the bigger icons, dinkier colours and simplistic UI. Reminds me of a Youtube video that did the rounds when Windows 8 Preview came out; a guy with a 9-monitor setup looking in puzzlement at the Start screen and asking the sysadmin if there was a Pro interface for it. Simplistic interfaces like this have a place for smaller handheld devices like tablets and phones, it just doesn't work for a desktop, esp larger monitors like most have, 17" and up. Touch interfaces for large vertical monitors makes little sense, which is why Win8 sells so badly. Microsoft's mistake is to go for the Phone Interface Everywhere strategy to replace their previous failed Windows Everywhere strategy of putting the Desktop interface on everything. Not a good experience for phones and tablets.
          The issue with multiple monitors is valid, and one of the more welcome improvements in Mavericks. The menu will always be at the top, as it should be, but in Mavericks you can have it on other monitors as well. The fixed location of the menu bar is one of the advantages OSX has over "classic" Windows. Your issue with full-screen mode beyond that and dead space makes no sense to me, personally. Neither do I get your issue with icon size. One of the issues I had with a lot of old Windows icons were the teeny 8-bit 16px wide icons in apps. I found them ugly and impractical. Even so, most icons in the apps I use, like browsers, word processors, image editors, the OS itself etc don't have large icons, so I'm not sure what you are referring to. Desktop and Dock icons are no larger than on Windows. Being a visual person working in Graphic Design, I appreciate a well-thought-out and beautiful interface, which includes consideration of white space and typography. Something that Microsoft is very late to the game for.
          msandersen
        • Re: "retarded"

          "All the icons throughout most of OSX is HUGE and leaves tons of dead space."

          If you don't like the size or spacing of icons, why not change either or both with the Preferences?

          "The dockbar leaves dead space in corners."

          Not when you use Autohide.

          "It's like you need a 27" monitor for OSX to use it like a 24" monitor."

          It works wonderfully on my laptop.

          I think you should look at a product before coming out with your guns blazing.
          StandardPerson
        • Re: "Retarded"

          warboat wrote: "The menu bar is still stuck on one screen in one spot."

          The article said: "Each display now comes with its own menu bar and the Dock is available on whichever screen you're working on."
          IanRoy
    • RE: A desktop OS UI designed for the desktop.

      Desktop and Laptop Mac are NOT based on touch-screen UI dumb-ass!
      Ralfxaio
  • When?

    I haven't been too thrilled with the two Mac OS releases since Snow Leopard but I am really looking forward to this one.
    rfoto
  • Week and Month View are NOT New.

    I don't know what version of the Mac OS I've been using, but I can't remember when I didn't have week and month view in iCal.
    The Shovel
    • Yeah, I was thinking the same thing

      Just used week view in my OS X calendar about ten minutes ago.
      baggins_z
    • Maybe the blog's Author

      Isn't that familiar with it? In Mountain Lion, it shows the last 4 days in July, and all of August. Skipping ahead September shows all of September and the first 5 days of October. Even if it's only to fill space, it seems logical to do that.
      Troll Hunter J
    • Re: “week & month view are NOT new"

      I think people have misinterpreted this blog’s (very terse) description of the changes to the Mavericks calendar.

      The Mavericks calendar now has an improved week view, that allows views to straddle weekends, AND an improved month view, that allows views to straddle consecutive month boundaries: see http://bit.ly/13wyZDV

      For example, take the month view for (say) August. In Mountain Lion, the Calendar will show you the five weeks that contain all the weeks of August, and if you click the “>” arrow to move forward, then all the days of August disappear (except for a few at the end), and a six week long window appears showing all the weeks of September. (As with printed calendars, the last few days of July and the first few days of September are shown on the calendar's August page.)

      So clicking the “>” and “” and “” and “
      Slurry