The OS X 10.9 Mavericks release date was confirmed to be sometime in the fall, when the new Mac software was unveiled during Apple's WWDC 2013 in June. The exact date, expected to be in late October, is fast approaching as the Gold Master (final shipping version) has just been made available to developers, IBTimes reported. Apple is reportedly hosting a special media event on October 15 that is widely expected to showcase the rumored iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. During this event, it is feasible that the final version of Mavericks and its release date is announced.

The OS X 10.9 Mavericks release date will bring some 200 new features not available with its predecessor the OS X Mountain Lion, per Techradar. During WWDC 2013, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, joked that the updated Mac software is called "Mavericks" after one of the biggest surf spots in California, because they didn't want to have the "first software in history to be delayed because of a dwindling supply of cats." OS X Mavericks furthers the integration of Apple's desktop software with the company's mobile operating system, iOS.

The OS X 10.9 Mavericks release date will bring about significant visual changes as well as better features. Following iOS 7's lead, OS X Mavericks will also drop the skeuomorphism that was featured in previous versions, such as the yellow paper Notes and leather effect in the Calendar app. Besides aesthetics, here are the top 5 features of the new OS:

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Finder and Tagging: One of the most anticipated updates with the OS X Mavericks is Finder Tabs, which makes navigating the Mac easier. The inclusion of Finder Tabs means that the Finder application will now work more like a web browser. Tagging is another feature that makes searching easier. Users can create tags for documents wherever they are saved and tag pages will update in real time. OS X Mavericks also allows user to drag items into a tag window to add the tag.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Multi-Monitor Support: The new software makes it easier working across multiple monitors and iOS devices. For instance, each display now has its own menu bar, and the Dock is available on whichever screen you're working on. Mission Control gives users a bird's-eye view of what's running on each display, and allows users to drag app thumbnails between them. AirPlay also allows users to enable multiple displays across different iOS devices.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks iCloud Keychain: You don't have to remember your passwords or even whip out your credit card when making online purchases, with the new iCloud Keychain that remembers your passwords and credit card information on all the devices that you approve. There is also a new password generator to suggest unique, difficult to guess passwords for your online accounts.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Notifications: Notifications are helpful to know what's up, but clicking on them used to take you away from what you were doing before. But no more! The new software lets you reply to a message, respond to a FaceTime video call, or delete an email right from a notification, without leaving the app you're in. You can also sign up to your favorite websites to get breaking news, sports scores, auction alerts, and more, to stay up to date when you're stuck for hours rendering.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Battery life and Performance: The new software comes with advanced technologies that improve battery life and boosts performance. OS X Mavericks groups together operations, which reduces CPU activity up to 72 percent. "When you look at battery life on your computer, the real battery killer is CPU Load," Federighi said at WWDC 2013. "When you look under the hood at CPU usage, it's not a smooth line -- it is high use, low use, and back. All of that back and forth actually uses a lot of power. In Mavericks, we smooth out this usage; in doing so, we decrease these spikes by up to 70 percent."

Another of the many power saving and power boosting features is App Nap, which helps users save power when working with multiple apps simultaneously. OS X can tell when an open app isn't doing something, such as playing music, downloading a file, or checking email, and slows the app down, saving up to 23 percent CPU energy use.

What features are you most looking forward to with the OS X 10.9 Mavericks release date? Let us know in the comments.

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