As expected with the impending OS X Mavericks release date, Apple has released OS X 10.9 Mavericks beta 4 to developers. The release comes two weeks after the beta 3 release, a timeline Apple has stuck to in releasing both its upcoming OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 operating systems.

Though the beta 4 version of mavericks is only expected to include minor tweaks and bug updates, according to Mac Rumors the flagship operating system for Apple’s desktop devices will include features like “tabbed Finder, full screen dual monitor capabilities, Safari improvements, and a new Maps app. Developers can receive the update via the Software Update tool in the Mac App Store.”

Maps is expected to be one of the major overhauls in Mavericks as the mapping app debacle resulted in the ousting of iOS chief Scott Forstall last year. Plagued with poor navigation, warped 3D city and landscape, and a striking lack of Apple’s signature user-friendliness, the Maps feature is certainly neat the top of Apples to-do list.

At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) back in June, Apple showcased what it has planned for Maps and for Mavericks in general. Expect the GPS-based traveling guide to boast 3-D imaging of buildings and landmarks, which users can sync to their favorite locations and directions across all device.

Among the other improvements expected to come with the launch of Mavericks this fall include App Nap, Compressed Memory, Multitasking, Siri, and many more.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks is expected to launch this fall along with iOS 7, the next-gen iPad with Retina display, a possible iPad mini–though the iPad mini with Retina display likely won’t come into fruition until early 2014–the iPhone 5S, and the alleged low-cost iPhone. Another item to keep an eye on is the purported iWatch. Patent photos and recent hirings have led to significant speculation that Apple is gearing up for a smartwatch, though like the iPad mini with Retina display likely won’t launch until next year.


[Featured image via Mac Rumors]