OS X Mavericks brought so many updates that we still continue to find something new. You may have noticed that the behavior of the Power button has now become somewhat different. As part of bringing together its mobile and desktop OS, Apple has changed the actions that are available when you press the power button. Now it has more similarities with iOS. What kind? Let’s find out.

Sleep mode

From now on, nothing is easier than putting your Mac to sleep. Just press the power button. That’s it — the screen will go out and the Mac will fall asleep, snoring the LED indicator. Repeated pressing immediately returns it to working condition. And if you have a password, you will be prompted to enter it. You must have gotten used to this behavior on your iPhone or iPad. Well, try using it on your Mac as well – you might like it.

Reboot or shutdown

There are several ways to restart your Mac, but the easiest one is to press and hold the power button for 2 seconds. In the window that appears, there will be options for action and you will only have to choose the one you need: reboot, sleep mode, shutdown or cancel.

Again, there is an analogy with iOS, where the same menu appears when you hold the power button, but the restart function is not available in iOS.

Forced shutdown

Like all computers, a Mac can “hang” from time to time or, to put it more correctly, “stop responding”. This happens quite rarely and mostly on old Macs, but it still happens. To force a shutdown, simply press and hold the power button until the display goes out (ignoring all warnings).

This action of the power button remains unchanged, however it also has similarities with iOS (unless the Home button is also used here).

The symbiosis of iOS and OS X is increasing with every major update, and that’s great. I’m glad that Apple adheres to this policy, because both operating systems have in their arsenal cool features that we get used to and enjoy using them without worrying about which operating system we are currently interacting with.