by Shane Roberts
Since iPhone was announced in 2007 and iPad in 2010, the Mac has taken a back seat in the Apple-verse. Apple keeps improving Mac OS every year and keeps adding more features that people have come to know and love in iOS. With Apple announcing the latest version of Mac OS in June, we have a lot to look forward to this fall with its final release. Here are three of the most exciting features to look forward to this fall!
One of my favorite features of my iPad is iBooks. Reading on the iPad is awesome. However, sometimes I’m on my Mac and my iPad isn’t available and I’d like to pick up where I left off. Mavericks will make this possible. Apple bringing iBooks to Mac brings one of the last iOS features to Mac. Where iBooks for Mac really starts to shine is for studying purposes. When taking notes within a book, there is a notes pane off to the left of the window, so you can easily see all of your notes in one place! Also, you can have multiple books open on your desktop. This will really aide students that need to have multiple books open for references and note taking. Of course, with iCloud, the books you have on your iOS devices will automatically sync over to your Mac! As will the notes, bookmarks and where you left off in the book!
Keeping track of passwords is terrible. The only thing that is worse is coming up with new ones. With iCloud Keychain both will be done for you! When creating a new password, iCloud Keychain’s Password Generator suggests unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts. It will store the passwords in iCloud and sync them across all your devices! So no longer will you have to make sure you have your password written down some where, unless that’s something you’d like to remain doing. Another cool feature of Keychain is that it can also hold onto you credit card info and sync it across your devices. So if you do some serious online shopping, this will make for a seriously easy one-click checkout.
Full screen apps on Mac are great, but with a serious limitation, especially if you have multiple displays. Right now, if you have an app full screen on multiple displays, the second display becomes worthless. With Mavericks, you can have a full screen app on both displays! Essentially, each display will act independently. Each display will have a dock as well as a menu bar! The coolest part of this new feature would have to be the ability to use AirPlay to an Apple TV as a second, or even third monitor! Basically, when you mirror your display to an Apple TV, with Mavericks, you can use that Apple TV as an independent display. Its own dock, menu bar and full screen apps!
Mavericks has a bunch of great features and improvements. The three features above are some that I am looking forward to the most, but other features like Finder Tabs, and of course the improved performance will be features that everyone could appreciate.