iOS 7 wasn't the only star of the show at WWDC 2013, OS X 10.9 Mavericks was officially announced and released to developers the very same day. During the keynote we saw the numerous new features that would be coming to the new version of OS X, including some until now iOS exclusive apps in Apple Maps and iBooks, and a consumer friendly approach to password management with the new iCloud Keychain. But, we want to hear from you guys; what are you most looking forward to in OS X 10.9 Mavericks?
Registered Apple developers have been able to test OS X 10.9 Mavericks and iOS 7 since their announcement at WWDC 2013, but reports are now emerging that Apple is widening the reach of both slightly. According to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, selected Apple retail employees are now receiving an invitation to test out Mavericks for themselves:
As ever with a new software release from Apple, comes at least one distinctive new wallpaper that make all the press shots. OS X 10.9 Mavericks is no exception, with its distinctive blue and green wave that pays homage to the Mavericks name. For those of us who fancy a little bit of the look without being in on the developer preview builds, the 5,120 x 2880 resolution image is available to download now from Apple at the source link below.
So, we've been treated to our first look at OS X 10.9 Mavericks at WWDC 2013, the next question is when can we get it? Well, if you're a developer, the good news is the preview build is available to download today. For the rest of us, we can expect a consumer release sometime in the fall.
Recently the blogosphere has begun to coalesce around a common idea: OS X 10.9 is going to be delayed. Balderdash, I say. OS X 10.9 isn't delayed, because Apple hasn't announced a ship date for it. In fact, Apple hasn't said much publicly about iOS 7 or OS X 10.9, except a passing comment from Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller, who mentioned that Apple would "get new versions of iOS and OS X" into the hands of developers at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco in June.
WWDC will bring with it the first developer's looks at new versions of OS X and iOS; Apple VP Phil Schiller said so when the company announced WWDC's dates. According to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, OS X 10.9 will tout features geared toward "power users," among them better Spaces management for multi-monitor systems, tabbed browsing and more.
Apple is reportedly working on bringing Siri and iOS 6 Maps to the Mac in the forthcoming OS X 10.9. If accurate, this would represent part of the 3rd wave of Back to the Mac which have seen hardware and software innovations from iOS devices and iOS brought to Mac laptops and desktops to both improve feature sets and consistency between platforms.
Now that Apple's on an iOS-like yearly update schedule for the Mac's OS X operating system, it'd be big news if we didn't start to see traces of the next version, OS X 10.9, start appearing in server logs sometime that is soonish. Well, no cause for concern, because the next big cat is out of the bag and stealthily surfing the web.