OS X 10.9 may appeal to power users and iOS fans alike

OS X 10.9 may appeal to power users and iOS fans alike

Apple is looking at bringing in features that will please power users, while continuing the trend of bringing in features from iOS to OS X, a new report has indicated.

A report in 9to5Mac reveals that OS X 10.9, codenamed 'Cabernet', will finally bring Finder to the 21st century by adding features like tabbed browsing and tags support. The operating system is also expected to ship with a new Safari with an overhauled backend, that aims to improve speed as well as efficiency.

OS X 10.9 is also said to address another major gripe with Apple's OS for notebooks and desktops. Full-screen mode will no longer render all monitors attached useless, and will let you use applications on additional displays while an application is in full-screen mode on a particular display. This has been a long-standing complaint, and will surely please OS X patrons if true.

While early developer build of 10.9 included Siri functionality, it is unclear at this point if Apple still plans on bringing its virtual assistant to OS X. The report cites Apple's executive shakeup for the lack of clarity on the subject.

Apple may continue the tradition of brining over iOS features to OS X by adding functionality similar to the quick-app-switcher found on its mobile OS. The report also mentions Apple could borrow app-pausing technologies from iOS to pause background apps in OS X, but that seems highly unlikely, given multi-tasking is very much part of the DNA of operating systems designed for traditional computing devices.


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Further reading: OS X, Macs, Apple, OS X 10.9, WWDC, WWDC 2013
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