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Apple has today posted a video showcasing the new user interface design found in their upcoming update to their desktop operating system found on their Mac lineup of computers, OS X Yosemite. OS X Yosemite represents the most major clear visual design overhaul for Mac in quite some time – arguably since Apple first unveiled the Aqua interface found in OS X 10.0 – OS X 10.4, originally introduced in 2001.
It’s also worth pointing out that we’ve got our very own (very) early first look at the first OS X Yosemite Developer Preview, which was released for developers at Apple’s WWDC conference last week.
Sound good? Check out Apple’s new OS X Yosemite design video after the break.
iOS 7 comes to the desktop
Here on the stage of WWDC we have the first demonstration of the next version of Mac OS X, called “Yosemite” and versioned 10.10. As some have suspected, 10.10 contains a new UI and several tweaks to bring it more in line with iOS.
The main UI has dropped its old look and has now gone to a flat and simple design with plenty of gradients and Helvetica Neue. Translucency, as also seen in iOS 7, is used reasonably heavy here in Yosemite and the Dock returns to its pre-10.5 form.
The Notification center has been improved with a new Today view that, as its name implies, allows you to see what’s going on today. Spotlight improvements also abound as it now lets you search from the desktop for any little thing you want to, much like the Search charm in Windows 8.1.
A new feature in Yosemite is further unification between iPhone and Mac OS. If you pair your phone with your Mac, you’ll gain the ability to read your phone’s notifications including call notifications which you can even answer or ignore.
Mac OS X Yosemite will be available for free later this year in Fall.
Not too shabby
Free, as it turns out, is a big motivator. According to GoSquared’s OS X Mavericks live usage tracking tool, OS X Mavericks adoption is closing in at 10 percent (9.3 percent, to be exact) adoption in just barely over 24 hours. That’s a huge number – at this point following the release of OS X Mountain Lion, Mountain Lion had only hit just under 2 percent adoption. That’s over 4 times as many people using Apple’s latest and greatest in the same span of time.
Of course, there are some pretty big differences between the release and deploying of OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion – namely, Mountain Lion cost $29 while Mavericks is available to all eligible OS X users, free of charge. That’s every Mac user in the world with a Mac manufactured in around 2009 or later, including Apple’s line of iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro desktops as well as MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air users.
Though Apple’s next generation desktop/notebook operating system, OS X 10.9 “Mavericks”, isn’t expected to hit virtual store shelves until late October at the earliest, Apple has hit the “launch” button a little bit early and has actually seeded registered paying OS X developers with the Golden Master build of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, expected to be the same exact build that Apple will release to the general public later this month.
The build, which identifies itself as 13A598, is said to be significantly improved over earlier pre-release versions of the operating system. OS X 10.9 “Mavericks” brings several big improvements to the OS X platform, including Tabbed Finder, better power management, FaceTime and iMessage improvements, UI redesigns, and more.
For the world to enjoy
Though OS X 10.9 Mavericks has been available to paying registered developers for quite some time now, it’s been relatively quiet regarding a potential official Mac App Store release date. While an original rumor claimed that Apple could be preparing to launch their next generation OS X operating system, which is used on their popular Mac line of computers, at their September 10th iPhone event next week, that rumor was quickly shot down by some credible sources.
Now we know the truth (or at least what we’re inclined to take as the truth): according to numerous reliable sources, including AllThingsD – who famously pegged September 10th as the iPhone 5S / 5C launch event date a month in advance – Apple is currently targeting a OS X 10.9 Mavericks release for late October, after all the iPhone event hype has already died down.
AllThingsD suggests that this is perhaps slightly later then Apple had originally intended to release the operating systems. Apple was reportedly forced to delay the launch after moving engineering resources away from the OS X team to work on iOS 7, which had more pressing development concerns at that point in time. As iOS 7 development is wrapping up / has potentially ended however, Apple is likely once again working hard on completing development for OS X Mavericks.
Bug fixes and improvements
There’s been a lot of focus on Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system, iOS 7, some of us tend to forget about that other major operating system Apple develops and sells – OS X, the system behind their line of Mac computers. Announced at WWDC alongside iOS 7, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is the next generation version of OS X and the followup to the very successful OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It’s also the first version of OS X to ship sans a big cat name.
Well today Apple has released their next developer version of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Developer Preview 6. Apple is, as per usual, short on exact details regarding what’s new, simply saying that there are some bug fixes and improvements abound. OS X Mavericks isn’t expected to launch alongside iOS 7 at Apple’s major September 10th even, which is expected to focus solely on the iPhone, however Mavericks should ship not long after to Mac users via the Mac App Store.
We’ll let you know about any major improvements or changes as soon as we know more – but until then, paying developers should head to the Developer Portal (or the Mac App Store for users of a previous Mavericks Developer Preview) and get downloading.
The rumors were right
Apple has today announced their long expected new version of OS X, OS X 10.9 “Mavericks”. Mavericks changes up OS X in some pretty significant ways for power users, bringing improved multi-monitor support that allows more than one app to run at a time when an app is full screened, performance improvements to Safari, tabbed Finder windows, and the ability to tag files on the operating system.
Another big addition to OS X 10.9 Mavericks is a change to the way multitasking works. OS X now gains the ability to multitask in a similar manner to iOS, where apps running in the background are suspended in a “low power state” until the system recognizes that the user wants to use the app, when it is resumed.
Apple has also just announces iCloud Keychain, a service that remembers your passwords (significantly encrypted, of course) across various devices – including iOS 7, we hope. iCloud keychain intelligently suggests credit cards, passwords, and other saved data depending on the situation.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks will be available as a digital download from the Mac App Store this fall for consumers. A developer release is available for register, paying developers today.
More iOS features make their way to OS X
Last year prior to the release of OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion”, the company said that they were planning on releasing at least one new major update to OS X every year, putting the product on an annual update cycle similar to the company’s other major platform, iOS. That really hasn’t panned out – “Mountain Lion” was revealed in February of 2012 – but today a new rumor helps ease our long wait. 9to5Mac, which has been very accurate in the past, claims that OS X 10.9 – which is internally codenamed “Cabaret” – will focus primarily on new features for power users, something that should please the “core” Apple users who have been around since the beginning of OS X.
First, 9to5Mac claims that OS X 10.9 will include a totally redesigned Finder experience centered around tabbed browsing, a la Safari / most other modern web browsers. A tabbed Finder is something that power users have been clamoring for for years now, with hacky-mods such as TotalFinder bringing this to brave souls willing to sacrifice a little bit of security and stability for such a powerful tweak. Apple is also working on “re-working Safari” to get more performance and speed increases out of the popular browser. Mission Control is also said to be getting a little tweak in the form of a big, long requested feature that will allow users to put individual “Spaces” and full-screen apps on individual monitors in a full screen setup. You know what that means, folks – dedicated Twitter screens!
Finally, in what seems to be the biggest change, OS X 10.9 will rework how the operating system handles “background applications”. Currently OS X treats all apps the same, allowing even those open but idle in the background to take up basically as many resources as the app currently in use. 9to5Mac suggests though that 10.9 will give the operating system the ability to “pause” background applications in the same way that iOS currently does. This will improve both the performance of the application in use as well as the battery life of the machine, however will render applications less powerful whilst idling. 9to5Mac does not note as to whether or not this feature will be mandatory or optional, however we’d imagine such a large change in the inner workings of OS X would not be mandated.
App Store camera redemption, Windows 8 support for Boot Camp
Apple has just released Mac OS X 10.8.3 after an exhaustive beta testing period that began well before the New Years, bringing along with it some relatively large improvements including bug fixes, security fixes, and new functionality.
Particularly notable is the ability to redeem gift cards on the Mac App Store through your Mac’s built-in iSight or Facetime camera, a feature that first made its way into Apple products with the release of iTunes 11. Boot Camp has also been significantly updated to natively support Windows 8 for the first time – previously, Boot Camp users had to rely on outdated Windows 7 drivers that were far from optimized for use with Microsoft’s latest and greatest.
You can checkout the full list of release notes provided below:
The 10.8.3 update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including the following:
– The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera
– Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
– Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
– A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins
– A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs
– Includes Safari 6.0.3
For detailed information about this update, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5612
You can download Mac OS X 10.8.3 via the App Store now.
Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman...
Way back in 1998, during the development of the original Half-Life, there was a port of the game in the works for classic Mac OS, but that was ultimately scrapped. Perhaps Valve dug through their archives, found the Mac port of Half-Life and modernized it so it would run under Mac OS X. Perhaps they simply ported over Half-Life: Source over to Mac OS X.
Whatever the case is, this is great news for Mac gamers, especially since the fan remake of Half-Life, Black Mesa, does not run on Mac OS X. Currently, both Half-Life and Half-Life: Source only have Windows icons on them in the Steam Store but The Verge has reported they were successfully able to download, install and run one of the two. It’s likely that the two expansions, Opposing Force and Blue Shift, will not find their way to OS X.
Considering Valve is trying to push their userbase away from Windows and onto Mac OS X and Linux, the move does not come as a surprise.
Update January 25th, 2013 – 12:59 CST – Geek.com is reporting Half-Life is also now available on Linux, meaning even more good news for the new era of Linux gaming.
Source: The Verge
The road towards convergence continues
Ever since the release of Mac OS X 10.7, Apple has very clearly set expectations for all future releases of their popular desktop operating system – less traditional desktop paradigm, more bringing iOS features “back to the Mac”. OS X Lion brought Launchpad, inverse scrolling, pinch to zoom, and full screen support; OS X Mountain Lion improved on Lion with iOS’s system wide Notification Center, iMessage integration, AirPlay mirroring, speech-to-text dictation, and built-in social sharing. With OS X Mountain Lion now a mature product, many are wondering what’s next for the Mac line.
Well, now we’ve got our first real pieces of information about the upcoming OS X 10.9, which we should be seeing in some early form in the coming months. Most prominently (and perhaps predictably), Apple will be bringing their popular voice assistant Siri to OS X 10.9 in 2013. As you’d expect, information is very limited at this early stage, however we’ve got reason to believe that this is indeed accurate information. Apple will reportedly also be integrating their new Apple Maps service throughout the OS, allowing developers to take advantage of and integrate Maps in their applications.
Apple has, for a while now, had an automatic app download feature for users of their iOS platform, including the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone users. Essentially how it works is that when a user downloads an app their iPod touch, if configured the app will then automatically download on their other devices associated with the account as well.
Users of the upcoming OS X Mountain Lion will now be able to enjoy the same feature. It works exactly how it does on iOS, when a user downloads an application from the Mac App Store on one of their Mac’s, it will automatically download the app on all other Mac’s associated with the same account.
OS X Mountain Lion is set to be released late this summer for users of Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Mac OS X Lion. Pricing is currently unknown.