OS X 10.9 Mavericks preview: A must-have update for Mac users

“The 10th version of OS X, Mavericks, felt like an afterthought in the midst of Apple’s radical overhaul of its mobile operating system,” David Pierce reports for The Verge. “In this case, rather than completely overhaul the look and feel of the entire platform, Apple has instead picked its spots, removing and adding features in particular places while all the while tuning for performance and efficiency throughout.”

“I’ve been testing a very early version of Mavericks (it’s due out this fall) on a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, and I appreciate what Apple’s done here: it’s systematically fixing what was broken, without tampering with the parts it got right,” Pierce reports. “The changes here have less to do with how you do things than what you use to do them: Apple’s hoping to obviate some of the App Store’s best offerings, instead giving you better versions of its core apps and a few new ones besides.”

Pierce reports, “It’s still early, but it seems like Mavericks is going to be a must-have update for Mac users of all shapes and sizes, whether you want the new features or just a big performance boost.”

Read more in the full article here.

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27 Comments

    1. i’m one who uses 10.6.8…

      i have been waiting for something worth upgrading…

      This OS is already refined… and the best iOS features are being meld in… And Apple realizes the desktop/laptop world still has their own way of navigating their gear vs tablets.

    1. Mavericks seems to have the exact same hardware requirements as Mountain Lion. Basically you need a 64-bit Intel processor with a relatively good/new graphics card. If you got something a bit older than that – Snow Leopard’s not a bad place to be stuck.

      1. Yes, Snow Leopard is still the best IMO. I would have stuck with it if I could have foreseen all the problems I have had with Lion and ML. Hopefully, their third try, Mavericks, will get it right like Snow Leopard did! I mean, it is basically a redo of what already should be, right? And that is fine, but they should not act like it is a new OS, when it is really just fixes.

        1. You do realize how little you’ve paid for those updates right? I remember paying about a hundred bucks for 10.1 after I had just paid for 10.0… anyone remember how much each iteration cost?

          1. I remember that 10.1 cost $0.00. It’s kind of amazing that you pick the only major version of OS X that was free as an example for how expensive they were.

            No cheezburgers for you, stupid cat.

            1. I actually did pay full retail back then. So yea, no cheezburger for me. Please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying, I think these low priced upgrades are the cat’s meow!

            2. Looking online I paid $129 for 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.4, and I don’t remember what I paid for 10.5. I bought full install disks each time, never an “upgrade cd”.

            3. For completion, 10.5 was $129, 10.6 and 10.7 are both $29, and Mavericks is going to be $29. Apple dropped the price by $100 when they switched to a more rapid release cycle.

              10.1 was a free update. If you have receipt that says you paid $129 for it, you should get a refund.

              An interesting fact – A Mac OS X “upgrade disk” is always the exact same thing as full install disk – capable of upgrades, archive & installs, and erase & installs. It’s only branded “upgrade” sometimes so Apple can sell it at a discount to people who already have Mac OS X. Unlike many Windows “upgrade disks”, there’s no flawed system for verify ownership previous versions of the OS – it’s just an honor system.

      1. I doubt it. Apple’s never called it “iWorks”. I hope they just call it “iWork” and just keep updating it. iWork for iCloud seems to imply that they are not looking at this product as a relatively strong revenue generator.

      1. The only thing they showed regarding iWork is the cloud implementation. But to my eye it looked like the same iWork we’ve had since ’09. At WWDC they didn’t show off any new iWork capability or revs other than the online functionality. That is big in and of itself because now it is virtually cross platform. I’d like to see some forward movement on the desktop apps.

    1. It is a stupid name. But that’s because we ain’t surfers, and we ain’t in California, because apparently that meagre subset of humanity does not equate ‘mavericks’ with insipid right-wing women governors or alt-country music groups, but with a particular portion of shoreline, not found on any map, claimed to be esteemed in their limited culture. So be it. Hang ten with OSX.

      1. Apple is highlighting California points of interest in it’s naming Mac OS X… The thing is, you want to pass on Mac OS X Compton, as I heard it won’t be a very well received version.

        Mavericks, discovered in ’61, but popularized (over the last 10 to 12 years) is a surf location that rivals Hawaii and South Africa, Southwest of San Francisco, with MONSTER waves 20-30ft. It is very dangerous and only pros should surf there. They have an annual invitation only competition. Read the history, very interesting.

        http://www.surfline.com/video/featured-clips/biggest-mavericks-ever_12653
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavericks_(location)

      2. It’s no different than the color of the original iMac being called Bondi Blue. Took me years to learn that Bondi is a beach in Australia. It’s just a name to distinguish one version from another.

  1. looking forward to these two improvements, among several:
    “…a Power Saver mode that lets you choose when to run the browser-crippling Flash plugin instead of having it destroy your computer automatically.”
    “Even AirPlay is better, allowing your TV to be a wireless secondary display instead of just forcing you to mirror at awkward resolutions.”

  2. I hope they fixed the calendar app so that you can choose which snooze options you had (like the older version had) and get rid of that awful wood grain face…

    1. The stupid thing is that Apple bundles things like Calendar, Address Book, Notes and Mail into the OS — unlike MS Outlook, so that you’re forced to upgrade the entire OS rather than updating an app. Last two times I upgraded to Lion, then Mountain Lion, I had problems with some other apps such as VMWare, where I had to buy not inexpensive upgrades for a few other pieces of software. So just because the OS upgrade doesn’t cost much does not mean the upgrade does not make me spend money elsewhere. While Mavericks sounds great especially its battery efficiency, I am loathe to upgrade because of the extra cost in upgrading other apps.

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