OS X 10.9 to add more 'power user' features -- report

The operating system's design won't change all that much, according to a report, but it will come with some important enhancements, like tabbed browsing in Finder.

OS X Mountain Lion will soon be replaced by something new.
OS X Mountain Lion will soon be replaced by something new.

Apple's next desktop operating system launch, which is slated for later this year, will come with few visual enhancements, but a host of improvements for so-called power users, according to a new report.

The folks over at 9to5Mac on Monday said that they have sources with knowledge of Apple's plans who claim that the core design and functions of the new operating system, OS X 10.9 and code-named Cabernet, will remain the same. One of the biggest improvements, however, will be how the Finder application works. That application, which allows users to access files across the operating system, will support tags and tabbed browsing in OS X 10.9, making it easier for users to transfer files.

A new Safari Web browser also will be making its way to the operating system, according to 9to5Mac. The browser will have a more responsive back end that improves page loading times.

One other possibility for OS X 10.9: a multitasking feature similar to that which is available in iOS.

OS X 10.9 is expected to be unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference event in June. As always, CNET will be on hand to cover every last second of that event.

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