Anyone who pays attention to the tech world knows that Apple is huge. The company claims that Mac growth is up 100% in the last five years, as compared to just 18% for the rest of the PC industry. Because of Mac’s ever-increasing popularity, they’re looking to distinguish themselves from Windows-based computers even further.
With the new OS X Mavericks, they are doing just that. The new operating system boasts a number of amazing features that are sure to please Mac users, including power-saving technology and easier ways to search. OS X Mavericks also takes a significant leap with regard to offering features common to mobile computing devices like their iPhone and iPad while still retaining a uniquely “desktop” computing experience.
Here are five of the best features of the new operating system:
- Better navigation through folders. When you have an organizational system with your documents, a lot of files are in folders three and four times off the root, and when you want to move them around, you’re juggling between levels. A great feature of the new OS is that it makes folder navigation easier. Mavericks folders are styled after web browsers and support tabs, so users can simply open a New Finder tab and start navigating elsewhere without getting completely lost.
- Better organization of documents. Organization is imperative when you start collecting files. Work documents, personal business items, recipes, you name it, can all get mixed together. What’s worse, when you try to find a file you might not always recall what you named it. Thankfully, OS X Mavericks comes with a new file tagging system. Very similar to popular apps like Evernote, it’ll let you organize and search through all your documents with tagged keywords, making finding files a lot simpler.
- Better password storage and security. With so many websites, services and programs that require login information, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to remember all your passwords. With OS X Mavericks, iCloud can help you with that. You can choose to have Safari remember your passwords or even suggest and remember complex ones for you, and the information will sync across all your iCloud-enabled devices. As a result, if you change a password on your iMac, you don’t have to worry about re-entering it on your MacBook, iPad or e. iPhone. Once it’s changed, it’s changed everywhere. This feature works similarly to services like 1Password or LastPass; the iCloud keychain can even store credit card information (except, for your safety, not security codes, making online shopping faster and easier. You’ll just need to remember one secure pass phrase and then you can log in anywhere.
- Better system notifications. The new OS now features interactive system notifications. This is awesome because it means you can reply to incoming messages or emails and accept or decline FaceTime calls directly from the Notifications alert window. It can also deliver push alerts, whether they’re from eBay or a live sports scores feed you’re following. And just like the iPhone and iPad, the lock screen will show you what notifications you missed since you last logged on.
With changes like these plus all the other features offered, OS X Mavericks will prove to be incredibly useful for both the average consumer and the computer super-user. The new operating system is due out soon and is truly something to get excited about.