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Hands-on with OS X Mavericks

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OS X Mavericks has only been out for a few days, and I’m already a huge fan of the direction Apple has taken with the new software. What direction is that? Well, with OS X Mavericks, Apple took something that is very familiar to its users and made it faster and more efficient than ever. What’s even better was that a lot of Mac users like myself didn’t have to pay anything for the latest update. Apple released OS X Mavericks to the public on Tuesday during its iPad media event, and it is already being hailed as the most successful OS X release ever.

Aside from the fact that it was available for free—which prompted many people who normally avoid updating to download the software—the software has made key improvements that users are now noticing. The first thing I noticed when I turned on my MacBook was the amount of time it took to load apps. I am one of those people who has select applications (such as Safari) open every time my Mac restarts or turns on, and I saw that it opened much faster than it did under Mountain Lion.

I also noticed that the battery icon in Mavericks now tells you apps that are using a significant amount of power on your Mac. That gives users basic information that every computer user (not just Mac user) should be getting. I say this because many users complain that their computers are running slower than usual, but they can’t determine which apps are the cause of the issue. This tells you instantly what’s going on in the background so you can make the necessary adjustments to get the best possible performance from your system.

Something else I really like in OS X Mavericks is the Maps application, ported over from iOS. Though I initially thought that it being there wouldn’t serve much of a purpose, I like the idea of having a dedicated Maps application that already has all of my information and allows me to search easily. With the speed improvements in Mavericks, load times can be faster than heading over to the web version of Google Maps and searching directions.

There are many more improvements in OS X Mavericks, and I am sure that as I continue to use the software, I will find a use for some of the more advanced features such as Tags, Calendar, and perhaps even iBooks. OS X Mavericks was never about big changes and big features, but was intended to lay the groundwork for future updates.

This new release has stabilized many features on the Mac and made them faster than ever before. With OS X now solidified, Apple can redesign the OS in the future to reflect the changes in iOS 7 and not have to worry about users experiencing serious performance issues.

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