Apple Wows with OS X Mavericks

As expected, Apple on Monday showed off what’s next for its Mac OS X operating system.

Apple this morning is busy touting Mavericks, which the company says will be the start of the next 10 years of its Mac OS X operating system.

“So for our first California themed release, we went just outside our back yard … OS X Mavericks,” said Craig Federighi, the executive in charge of OS X development for Apple.

Federighi highlighted the key features native to the forthcoming operating system update.

Among the biggest improvements are: new tabs in Finder, the tagging of individual files, and enhanced support for multiple displays.

Apple also showed off something called “Timer Coalescing,” which enables CPU activity to be reduced by upwards of 70 percent in certain moments.

Additionally, the “Compressed Memory” functionality will powerfully compress the inactive memory, making space “almost instantaneously” available to other applications.

Not surprisingly, Safari was also updated today with a new starting page, sidebar with efficient access to bookmarks, Reading List, and shared links.

Lastly, Federighi confirmed that iBooks will arrive (finally) on Mac with Mavericks, which formally launches this fall.