Have any questions about OS X Mavericks (10.9) or iOS 10.7? Ask away!
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- How different do you overall think Mavericks is compared to 10.8?
- Any immediate differences you can notice? (Speed differences, general use things, etc.)
- How well do the tags and tabs work?
- How much skeuomorphism is still present, if any? Besides Calendar, do any other apps look significantly different?
- I know some influential people in the tech world have been calling it "What Mountain Lion should have been". Do you agree?
- I found 10.8 to be less of a departure from traditional OS X than Lion was, and feel similarly about Mavericks. There are very few obvious design changes, and more behind-the-scenes updates to make things just work better.
- I'm running a pretty recent laptop (15-inch Retina) and never really noticed many slowdowns, but I haven't noticed any yet here, so I have to imagine the speed is at least somewhat improved. Now that the iPhone has Airdrop, I finally have some use for Airdrop, and that's nice.
- Finder tabs are great. I'm not sure I have any use for tags at the moment, but I can see their potential.
- Skeuomorphism seems to be gone for good. Contacts is flat, Notes is flat, and Calendar (as you said) is flat. Game Center is still skueomorphed, but I expect that to change considering the changes they made in iOS.
- I definitely think Mountain Lion was less impactful than, say, Lion. If Mountain Lion features had been bundled with Mavericks features in one big release, I think it would have been pretty momentous. But when you're in the yearly OS update cycle, there's really only so much you can do to differentiate. Do I think tabbed finder and some of these changes could have made Mountain Lion better? Sure. Do I regret buying Mountain Lion because of its relative lack of features compared to Mavericks? Not at all.
Are any of the new features of iOS so amazing that you could never go back to iOS6? The move from iOS5 to iOS6 wasn't a huge improvement for me in terms of new hotness. Aside from the fresh coat of paint, I feel like iOS7 might not blow me away when I actually get my hands on it.
Also, should I install the beta??? I'm afraid of big bugs.
I'm a bit biased because I never really liked iOS 6 to begin with. I dealt with it for a while, but like many others found it to be overly plain. My faith in Apple was only renewed when I discovered I was able to jailbreak my iPhone and subsequently did so. The fact that this update brings many of my favorite jailbreak features is enough to make me stay faithful to iOS for a while longer.
There isn't much new hotness in terms of features, it's primarily focused on the design. Airdrop is really, surprisingly cool, but the design tweaks are obviously what differentiate this release from any before it, and I'm not planning on going back.
Unlike the iOS 5 beta, I have not noticed a single critical error that makes me need/want to downgrade. The phone has some issues with auto-app updates (sometimes they don't install all of the way), but the only time I could get the phone to reliably crash was downloading something to Newsstand while other apps were installing. I've heard reports of the phone losing speed, but I restored mine and then updated, instead of just updating, and have noticed no slow downs except when removing an app from the multitasking view. Fortunately, it feels more like a bug than the phone not being able to handle the animation.
1. Real multitasking. May not be apparent yet as I doubt any apps have taken advantage of this yet, but it will be a wonderful addition once developers adapt this.
2. Control Center. It's one of those things that made Android (Quick Settings) users feel the iPhone was so primitive.
Basically they made a separate process queue with really low priorities and a limited amount of CPU time allotted. Invisible apps are automatically put on this list. So these apps can try to do heavy computations but won't get enough time to actually eat your battery. The App Nap limits are set so that when the front application is idle, your computer/phone uses about the same as when it would be idleing.
For example, if you get a WhatsApp message now on an iPhone, you'll get the notification. Open that notification and WhatsApp starts connecting to their WhatsApp server, then the message is downloaded into the app. It may take up to a few seconds since you open the app until the message actually delivers to the app. On Android with real multitasking as the iPhone will finally get, the moment your phone gets the notification, the app already has that message loaded and ready for you to read.
2 questions about Mavericks. How does keychains work? When entering a password if offers a complex password, but it doesn't auto fill it when I return to the site. Also did the this download come with iBooks? If you can direct me to where I can find a "users guide" I would greatly appreciate it.
No, my download of Mavericks did not come with iBooks. It did come with Maps, but not iBooks. It's also not showing up in the Mac App Store for me, so I am just going to assume it's not a part of this build and will arrive later.
Hope this helps!
Of course that's expected. There's a reason it's not available to the public. You should not use this on your primary computer. As a beta, this should only be used by developers trying to make use of the new APIs in the their own apps. It's even still beta 1, meaning it's barely ready for even developers to take a look at.