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Mac OS X Mavericks - John Siracusa's Ars Technica review

Mac OS X Mavericks - John Siracusa's Ars Technica review

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OS X 10.9 Mavericks The Ars Technica Review - Ars Technica
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OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review
Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock After a dozen years and nine major releases, OS X has had a full life: theexuberanceof youth , graduallymaturingintoadulthood , and now, perhaps, entering itsdotage. When I am an old operating systemI shall wear…leather? The 2011 release of OS X 10.7 Lionseemed to mark the natural endpoint of the "bigcat" naming scheme. But Apple couldn't resist the lure of the "cat ,
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cat" namingpattern, releasingOS X 10.8 Mountain Liona year later. Perhaps it just wanted to giveits cat nine lives.The 10th major release, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, is named after an awkwardly pluralCal-ifornia surfing spot , finally ending the feline dynasty. But what part of the operatingsystem's existence is this? The afterlife?When it comes to OS X, many people are sufferingfrom theend-of-history illusion: the belief thatwhile the Mac platform has consistently experi-enced significant enhancements in the past, it willsomehow not continue to grow and mature in thefuture.
 
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So let's readjust our perspective. Perhaps the firstseven big-cat releases were OS X's early childhood: birth ,potty training , learning towalk andtalk  , and so on, culminating in some form of self-actualization.WithLion , the Mac entered anawkwardadolescence, acquiring a newfound concern about whatthe other kidswere doing. Accordingly, OS X's last two releases includedseveralnaked attemptsto ape the look and feel of its more successful sibling,iOS. But that was all before last year'sousterof Scott Forstall , senior vice president of iOS Software. By all accounts, Forstall was one of the driving forces behind the iOS aes-thetic that Lion and Mountain Lion so enthusiastically embraced. Jony Ive'siOS 7 strikes off in a bold new direction based on aphilosophythat Apple is eager to gener-alize to the company as a whole—leaving OS X holding thestitched-leatherbag.
An OS out to sea
Let's say we accept that this is not the end of history and that OS X will continue toevolve. To what end? Aside from undoing the most egregious peer-pressure-motivat-ed interface changes, what should this first non-cat release of OS X do differently fromits predecessors?One option would be to continue to follow iOS's lead, switching gears from richtex-turesandsimulations of analogous physical productsand setting off in pursuit of the new, spareiOS 7 aesthetic. I'll spoil it for you: Apple hasn't chosen this path—not yet,anyway. Time and resource constraints alone could explain this choice. After all, Ap-ple didn't even have the iPad version of iOS 7 ready in time forWWDCthis year. Aninterface overhaul in Mavericks was clearly out of the question.Mavericks is also not an internals-only release like Snow Leopard, which famouslypromised "no new features." There are new features in Mavericks, even new bundledapplications.To some degree, the content of any OS release is determined by what did and didn'tmake the deadline for the previous release. There are exceptions, likeFusion Drive ,which didn't quite make it into Mountain Lion but also couldn't wait for the next ma- jor OS release because it was a prerequisite for somenew hardware products.Nevertheless, Apple does try to give each new OS some sort of theme. Mavericks is
 
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the first California-themed release of OS X, named after "places that inspire us here inCalifornia," according toCraig Federighi , who says this naming scheme is intended tolast for at least the next 10 years. The pressure is on for Mavericks to set a new direc-tion for the Mac platform.According to Apple, Mavericks has a dual focus. Its first and most important goal is toextend battery life and improve responsiveness. Secondarily, Mavericks aims to addfunctionality that will appeal to "power users" (Apple's words), a group that may befeeling neglected after enduring two releases of OS X playing iOS dress-up.Is that enough for Mavericks to live up to its major-release version number and tokick off the next phase of OS X's life? Let's find out.
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