Apple Seeds A New Beta Version Of OS X 9 Mavericks With iBooks For Mac

Yesterday Apple seeded a new beta version of OS X 9 Mavericks. Usually we refrain from posting about these Mac betas because they tend to not be as exciting as iOS 7, but in OS X 9 Mavericks beta 5 comes iBooks for Mac for the first time.

iBooks for Mac was showcased during the WWDC 2013 and it brings a complete reading experience to OS X with turning pages, zooming, scrolling and all the other features you would expect.

OS X 10 Mavericks Beta 5

In order to better visualize how iBooks for Mac works developer Nick Pomes posted a video demo. Starting with him downloading a free book from the iBookstore and then demoing the apps current functionality.

When you download iBooks from your Mac it will automatically appear in iBooks on iOS and vice-versa. There is even support for importing your own PDFs through drag and drop. It will be no doubt the iBooks for Mac will be a well appreciated feature in OS X.

Along with iBooks Apple has also included iPhoto 9.4.6 beta (build 901.26) in beta 5 along with major performance and reliability improvements. It is also worth noting that at the same time as seeding OS X 9 Mavericks beta 5 to developers Apple has also gone ahead and seeded OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 beta (build 12F33) to developers, with Safari 6.1 beta 5.

There is actually no known issues in OS X 10.8.5 beta so a Gold Master version is expected shortly.

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  • Loshan Thevanesan

    OS X 9, not 10.

  • JadenEllett

    Right, my bad! Fixed. Thanks.