At the WWDC held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco yesterday, Apple's VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced the newest version of the Mac OS X operating system version. Apple has dropped the big cats name theme and gone back to its roots: California. The new operating system is named looking toward the California coastline as the first inspiration: "Mavericks" (or you can simply call it OS X 10.9)

Here's a rundown on some of the more than 200 improvements coming on OS X Mavericks:

  • Finder: Getting tabs for search and browsing; Tabs can be color-coded; Finder window can be made full-screen
  • Display: Spreads menus across displays; Users can set up multiple displays for easier panning between windows; Configured to play well with Apple TV, AirPlay
  • Battery: New features include "App Nap," which redirects power to certain apps and not others; Compressed memory should reduce CPU activity by up to 72 percent
  • Safari: New home page ("Top Sites" now includes more bookmarks, reading list and shared links); Nitty-gritty improvements to enable faster Javascript and better memory usage; New social media sidebar for reading list integrations with Twitter and LinkedIn
  • iCloud: Encrypted "Keychain" for auto-suggesting passwords across multiple sites website logins, credit card numbers, account info, and Wi-Fi
  • iBooks: Finally adding access to mobile iOS libraries from desktops and laptops; Also supports textbooks. The app also provides a direct link to iBookstore.
  • Notifications: Users can reply right inside a notification (i.e. iMessage, email, IM, etc.) and FaceTime calls; Notifications will also be spread across iOS and Mac devices simultaneously
  • Maps: Users can access street maps, 3D flyover views, search points-of-interest, and get turn-by-turn directions. Routes set up on Mac can also be sent right to iPhone.

The developer version is already out for developers to try on the Apple Developer portal at developer.apple.com

The supported list of Mac is as below:

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

The computer will also need to be running Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow Leopard or higher, with 8GB of free disk space for installation.