The WWDC keynote may have dragged on for two hours, but there were many features and subtle details that weren’t mentioned by any of the Apple executives. We’ll be updating this post with all of the small features and details that have been discovered. If you find something that’s not on this list, feel free to ping @9to5mac or @swb1192, or leave a comment after the break.
– In Notification Center, the Facebook and Twitter share buttons now have a new roommate – Messages. Clicking on the Messages button brings up a Share sheet-style interface where you can type in the recipient’s name and message then shoot them a message without actually having to open the Messages app.
– LinkedIn integration has been added, but all of the Chinese websites (including mail.qq.com and 126.com) have been dropped from the English version of Mavericks.
– Text shortcuts have been added to the Mac, just like iOS. The default text shortcut is “omw” which is automatically replaced with “On my way!” These also seem to sync over iCloud (thanks, @Dexwell_)
– Along with the new offline & live feedback dictation, you can now edit text while dictating.
– Do Not Disturb has been added to the Notifications preferences pane.
– System Preferences sections are no longer named.
– Adjusting for external displays (plugging in/out) is instantaneous.
– iTunes Radio is not currently included with Mavericks’ iTunes. In fact, Mavericks is stuck with iTunes 11.0.3, which is a version behind.
– Maps.app has a “Created” date of May 14.
– iBooks is not included with Mavericks. Speculation: it could be downloadable from the App Store, just like iOS.
– The Finder’s color labels have been migrated into “Tags”. They still sync with Dropbox (even to Mountain Lion machines).
– You don’t have to drag all the way up to the top of your screen to remove a dock item. Dragging it about half way and releasing the mouse will make the icon “poof”. (Edit: sorry, it seems I’m the only one that used to have trouble with removing dock icons.)
– Reminders is still skeuomorphic, while Notes is not.
– The battery menu shows “Apps Using Significant Power” to help identify battery draining applications.
– Activity Monitor’s graphs and charts have been revamped. You can now view bytes/packets sent/received and “average energy impact” on a per-application basis. Of note, the memory and CPU improvements are definitely noticeable. Not only is the CPU load way down, battery life doubled on my 2008 unibody Macbook. Your mileage may vary.
– (Edited) Network Utility has been moved to /System/Library/CoreServices, which means it can’t be found with spotlight.
– Systems Diagnostics is built right into Activity Monitor. Once it is complete, a .tar.gz file is placed in the Finder, containing lots of information that will be helpful for Apple geniuses… or it could just be for beta users.
– Cover Flow lives on within Finder.
– The vertical dock design now has a light background:
– When saving to iCloud, the file’s associated application is in parenthesis. For example, if you want to save a PDF to iCloud, the menu item says “iCloud (Preview)”.
– You can now navigate your iCloud documents in Finder. You can drag anything into this “iCloud” folder. Each app sifts through this folder and finds associates files.
– Searching tags displays your local and iCloud files side-by-side.
– New special character input window (thanks, @Dexwell_)
– Newly installed apps show a sparkle animation in Launchpad (thanks, Steeber)
– The clock app is animated to show the current time. Even the second hand moves around the clock! (Thanks, @mehkayultra)
– You can skip around 6 songs per iTunes Radio channel. If you don’t have iTunes Match, you currently hear an ad after the six skips that says something along the lines of, “Thank you for listening to iTunes Radio.”
– Yes, you can finally put Newsstand in a folder.
– Spotlight is found by swiping down from the middle of the home screen. It’s no longer to the left of your first home screen.
– Multitiasking works in horizontal mode.
– The current beta does not come with a voice memos app, as noted by the build notes.
– You can maintain an App Store wish list. (Thanks, @lokesh_lokesh47)
– iTunes Radio has a Trending on Twitter station (noted on musically.com)
– Maps has a night view (thanks, Nick)
- Some features were on the keynote slides, but didn’t get any real attention during the presentation. iOS 7 includes turn-by-turn walking directions (thanks, JohanRolwen) and a level/inclinometer within the Compass app (thanks, iKnowMan and NogetSmart).
- Close a running application by swiping the preview upwards in multitasking view (thanks, gmh88).
- When you plug in your iOS device to an iTunes Library that you don’t normally sync to, the device will ask if you want to “trust” the computer. This allows the computer full access to the device and its contents. (Thanks @RossignolTweets)
- The post to Facebook/Twitter buttons in Notification Center are missing (thanks, @SakshitVig).
- If the home screen background is set to a panoramic image, moving your phone pans around the image (thanks, Bellhaven).
- While waiting for an app to download, Ive’s “grid system” icon is displayed (thanks, Jedibugs).
- When a timer is set, the remaining time is shown on the lock screen (thanks, iChris88).
- Weather is no longer in Notification Center.
- In the Phone app, photos appear next to your Favorites.
- No more maps view in the Photos app.
- The Compass app has a new calibration system:
- With the Compass app, you can measure the angle from one point to another:
- The Apple logo on boot no longer has a strike through it and a metallic look – it’s flat white.
- If you’re using a dynamic wallpaper and you revive your battery after it dies, only a plain wallpaper will load until your battery reaches approximately 15% (thanks, anon).
- The new Facetime app’s background is transparent white over the video feed of the front-facing camera (thanks, @zainjoyce).
- Additional features found by Macrumors forum users: cellular data tracking on a per-app basis (and you can turn off cellular data for certain apps), apps must request access to the microphone, two “dynamic” wallpapers that have small animations in the background, a “mark all” button in the Mail app, and a few others.