Apple’s OS X 10.9 Mavericks imminent; get your Mac ready now

“Apple has released to developers the golden master of Mavericks (OS X 10.9)–the final non-public version, and most likely the build that will become the official 10.9.0,” Dan Frakes reports for IDG News. “That means that the official public release of Mavericks isn’t far off.”

“We’re still waiting on a specific date for that release–at WWDC earlier this year, Apple said only ‘this fall’ — but for those aiming to upgrade as soon as the new OS drops, the golden master means that now is the time to start getting your Mac ready for Mavericks,” Frakes reports. “As with Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) last year, and Lion (OS X 10.7) before that, Apple is advertising Mavericks as a major upgrade that’s nevertheless simple to install. But as with every big upgrade to OS X, there are a few things you can do before upgrading to ensure that your Mac is ready to go.”

Frakes reports, “Apple hasn’t officially released the system requirements for Mavericks, but from what we’ve seen so far, the new OS supports any Mac that works with Mountain Lion and is already running OS X 10.6.8 or later.”

Information about how to get your Mac ready for Mavericks is here.

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37 Comments

    1. Well, I can! Am still using 10.6.8, Snow Leopard and see absolutely no reason to upgrade, not least because it will render several of my expensively purchased programs obsolete. And I don’t like the name either. Was rather hoping to see 10.9 Circus Lion.

        1. I need Rosetta for an old version of Word, without which its more or less impossible to access .doc files produced using an earlier iteration of the Mac OS, I think 7.5 or thereabouts. One of the things I really dislike about Apple is they have little regard for backwards compatibility. (Been with them since 1984 btw). At least Micro$oft had that as a mantra, until that f**wit Balmer came along…

      1. I still keep a 10.6.8 partition around on my old MacBook for just such stuff. 10.6.8 has one or two minor bugs Apple never patched. But it remains one of Apple’s best OS X releases.

        I still hate a lot about 10.7.5, which I doubt will receive much more than a security update in the future.

        10.8.5 is very nice. And I’ll say no more about Mavericks, for now.

      2. So true for so many people. OS upgrades used to bring much needed progress with new and useful features. Now they remove features and decrease functionality, i.e. Rosetta and, in iOS, the horrible Apple Maps.

      1. When you say backup everything, is it an external drive? I want to get mavericks and had my MacBook Pro which I really live for 1.1 year from new, and it came with mountain lion. I don’t want to mess up my iTunes and pictures and want them to be safe

        1. Backing up to an external drive is an excellent idea. Using Time Machine (built-in to OS X) and an external drive of sufficient size you can back up everything on the drive.

          Although it’s very rare for an OS X upgrade to cause any data loss, even a very low chance isn’t one you have to accept with a backup.

          For maximum backup security, you can make a clone of your hard drive to the external drive using Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) or SuperDuper. Most folks do both – clone and Time Machine.

    1. I know no one here likes to hear bad news but Jsblake930 is correct.

      Preface: I have been an Apple user since 1983, Macs since 1984. Have been a developer (software and hardware since the first WWDC), have spent literally hundreds of thousands of dollars on apple products. I am not a hater in any way. Serious fan boy, Defender of the Faith and all of that, however:

      I downloaded the GM last week. (Yes, I am a developer.) It is bug laden. Too many to list here. Plus, I can’t – agreements and all, ya know. (Yes, I sent in reports and crash stats.) Let me just say that it totally screwed up my iTunes, Safari, Mail and a few other things.

      Clean install. Fully backed up prior – fortunately.
      I am back to 10.8.5 and will be until I see some real changes. My trust level of OS X development has plummeted. I feel that Steve Jobs would never have let this go out the door as a GM. Period. He would have labelled it “this is shit”.

      I know everyone wants to be all glitter and love. Hard reality is Mavericks is not ready for prime time – or even close.

      So – be VERY aware and only install it on a machine you do not need for anything at all.

      1. My experience was quite different. I downloaded, installed, and have been running error/bug free with safari, email, iPhoto, iTunes, Xcode and everything else I’ve tried. “It just works.”

      2. Sorry you had such a hard time with it. I am also a developer and the GM is running just fine on my iMac and MacBook Pro.

        But, that being said, only foolish people will install it without having a full backup of their current system, just in case. SuperDuper or Carbon Copy should be used to create a bootable clone BEFORE you install any new OS. Remember, it is not if, just when, something will go bad with an install.

      3. I, too, have been running mavericks with a clean install on a second partition and have had zero problems.

        I did not try to restore anything. I simply re-setup those things I wanted to test (iTunes, Safari, Mail, etc).

        In this comment he said “clean” but then said “messed up my mail, iTunes, Safari”. So, which is it? Clean or not?

        Perhaps there is a restore or upgrade issue?

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