Apple's Mavericks OS offers 200 new features

APPLE'S 10th major release of its operating system, OS X Mavericks is available for free today with 200 new features, including iBooks, Maps, a new version of Safari, new finder tabs and tags.

"Mavericks is an incredible release, which introduces significant new apps and features, while also improving the performance and battery life of your Mac," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering said in a statement.

"We want every Mac user to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies, and the strongest security. We believe the best way to do this is to begin a new era of personal computing software where OS upgrades are free."

OS X Mavericks new features, include:

• iBooks, which gives you instant access to your iBooks library and works seamlessly across your devices;

• Maps, which brings mapping technology to the desktop and lets you plan a trip from your Mac and send it to your iPhone® for voice navigation on the road;

• a streamlined Calendar that estimates travel time between appointments, and provides a map with weather forecast;

• a new version of Safari with Shared Links, which helps you find what's new on the web by consolidating links shared by people you follow on Twitter and LinkedIn;

• iCloud® Keychain®, which safely stores your website usernames and passwords, credit card numbers and Wi-Fi passwords and pushes them to your trusted devices so you don't need to remember them;

• enhanced multi-display support, which makes using multiple displays easier and more powerful, with no configuration required;

• interactive Notifications, allowing you to reply to a message, respond to a FaceTime® call or even delete an email without leaving the app you're using;

• Finder Tabs, which help unclutter your desktop by consolidating multiple Finder windows into a single window with multiple tabs; and

• Finder Tags, a powerful new way to organise and find your files located on your Mac or in iCloud.

You can upgrade to Mavericks for free directly from OS X Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion.

For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, please visitwww.apple.com/au/osx/specs.

David Stuart

Apple unveils new iWork, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iLife, iPhoto, and GarageBand upgrades

Apple has today announced its iWork productivity apps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote and award-winning iLife creativity apps, iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand have been completely redesigned to take full advantage of OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.

"All apps have been updated to 64-bit, are integrated with iCloud, and are loaded with hundreds of new features that let you do more than ever across your Apple devices,'' Apple said in a statement on Wednesday.

Apple today also announced that both iWork and iLife are now free with the purchase of every new Mac® or iOS device.

"This is the biggest day for apps in Apple's history," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

"These new versions deliver seamless experiences across devices that you can't find anywhere else and are packed with great features like iMovie Theater, Drummer and a new unified file format for iWork documents across all your devices."

An all new iWork for Mac and iOS makes creating, editing and sharing documents easier than ever. iWork introduces a new, unified file format, delivering perfect document fidelity across Mac, iOS and iCloud, and the iWork for iCloud beta now includes support for real-time collaboration.

Now you can create your document on iPad®, edit it on your Mac and collaborate with friends in iWork for iCloud, even if they're on a PC. A brand new UI makes iWork even simpler to use, yet provides all of the powerful tools you need to create amazing documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

iPhoto for Mac and iOS are now 64-bit, making browsing and editing faster and smoother than ever. Inspired by iOS 7, iPhoto for iOS sports a clean, new design that's simpler and more beautiful than ever.

New tools and effects let you create more dramatic images in both colour and black and white.

Now you can also share your favourite images as custom slideshows that you can pause, rewind and fast forward using gestures, or order them as professional-quality prints, including panoramas, and as gorgeous hard cover books that you create using Multi-Touch™.

iMovie for Mac and iOS have been redesigned to make it easier than ever to browse your video library and instantly share your favourite moments.

iMovie for Mac includes simplified editing tools that let you quickly improve the look of your movie, add fun effects, and speed up or slow down your video.

iMovie for iOS brings desktop-class moviemaking to your iPhone® and iPad, so you can create split screen and picture-in-picture effects or advanced audio edits in just a few taps.

And with iMovie Theater, you can watch your shared clips, movies, and trailers on all your Apple devices, even your Apple TV®.*

GarageBand for Mac has received its biggest update ever with a fresh new look, all new Sound Library, and amazing new features, like Drummer and Smart Controls, giving you everything you need to easily make a great-sounding song.

GarageBand for iOS has been updated to match the look and feel of iOS 7 and taps the power of 64-bit to bring musicians a full recording studio with up to 32 tracks.

With iOS 7 Inter-App Audio you can record third-party music apps right into GarageBand, and AirDrop® allows you to wirelessly share your song projects with other iOS users so you can work on songs together.

iCloud helps keep your song projects up to date across your devices, and users can start a song on iOS and pick up where they left off using GarageBand for Mac.

Pricing & Availability

iWork and iLife for Mac come free with every new Mac purchase. Existing users running Mavericks can update their apps for free from the Mac App Store℠.

iWork and iLife for iOS are available for free from the App Store℠ for any new device running iOS 7, and are also available as free updates for existing users.

GarageBand for Mac and iOS are free for all OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 users. Additional GarageBand instruments and sounds are available for a one-time in-app purchase of AUD$5.49 inc. GST for each platform.

*iMovie Theater requires iCloud to keep your shared content up to date across all your devices.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software.

Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.


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