Apple’s OS X Mavericks available today free from the Mac App Store

Apple today announced that OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release of the worlds most advanced desktop operating system, is available for free from the Mac App Store. With more than 200 new features, OS X Mavericks brings iBooks and Maps to the Mac, includes a new version of Safari, enhances multi-display support, introduces Finder Tabs and Tags and delivers new core technologies for breakthrough power efficiency and performance.

Mavericks is an incredible release, which introduces significant new apps and features, while also improving the performance and battery life of your Mac, said Craig Federighi, Apples senior vice president of Software Engineering, in a statement. We want every Mac user to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies, and the strongest security. We believe the best way to do this is to begin a new era of personal computing software where OS upgrades are free.

OS X Mavericks introduces innovative new features, including:

• iBooks, which gives you instant access to your iBooks library, more than two million titles in the iBooks Store”, and works seamlessly across your devices;

• Maps, which brings powerful mapping technology to the desktop and lets you plan a trip from your Mac and send it to your iPhone® for voice navigation on the road;

• a streamlined Calendar that estimates travel time between appointments, and provides a map with weather forecast;

• a new version of Safari with Shared Links, which helps you find whats new on the web by consolidating links shared by people you follow on Twitter and LinkedIn;

• iCloud® Keychain®, which safely stores your website usernames and passwords, credit card numbers and Wi-Fi passwords and pushes them to your trusted devices so you dont need to remember them;

• enhanced multi-display support, which makes using multiple displays easier and more powerful, with no configuration required;

• interactive Notifications, allowing you to reply to a message, respond to a FaceTime® call or even delete an email without leaving the app youre using;

• Finder Tabs, which help unclutter your desktop by consolidating multiple Finder windows into a single window with multiple tabs; and

• Finder Tags, a powerful new way to organize and find your files located on your Mac or in iCloud.

Mavericks also includes new core technologies that boost performance and improve the battery life of your Mac. Timer Coalescing and App Nap intelligently save energy and reduce power consumption. Compressed Memory automatically shrinks inactive data to keep your Mac fast and responsive. Mavericks also delivers significant performance enhancements for systems with integrated graphics through optimized OpenCL support and dynamic video memory allocation.

Pricing & Availability

OS X Mavericks is available today for free from the Mac App Store. Any Mac capable of running OS X Mountain Lion can also run Mavericks. You can upgrade to Mavericks for free directly from OS X Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion. For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, please visit www.apple.com/osx/specs. OS X Server 3.0 requires Mavericks and is available from the Mac App Store for $19.99 (US).

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft hates its life even more than usual today! 🙂

63 Comments

    1. Patience… Mine took 57 minutes to download, then the install was long enough to get a loaf of pumpernickel started in my bread machine.

      What could be better: A new Mavericks running snappily with bread-baking aroma in the background. Life is good. 🙂

  1. Wow, but how is MS going to justify the price of their software OS from here on out? I mean, macs are in the enterprise along with windows too, right? Just a really curious question, because is something like mavericks is FREE, and I personally think it’s awesome that it is, how would other companies justify their price?

    Not trying to slam MS or other companies, but what a great value, not to mention iWorks and iLife are free as well, once you move to mavericks.

      1. Feel free, indeed. It is precisely what Apple is doing in a big, big way by making the world-class OSX free: slamming Microsoft where it hurts most. Ballmer’s nuts are being fed to the hogs.

        1. …And don’t forget Mac OS Server upgrade at only $19.95 … “a dish best served COLD!”
          Speaking of cold, anyone hear of the weather in Abu Dhabi this morning? I heard miscellaneous parts are falling from the sky – could be parts from chairs or Nokias.

    1. In doing this, Apple is plucking Microsoft’s business model out of their fingers, wadding it up into a ball and tossing it in the general direction of the wastebasket. Three point shot.

      1. Have you ever seen anything wrong in Google giving Android away for free? Or Linux/other FOSS/iTunes/etc. Or Apple giving away iOS updates for free.

        The situation with netscape was very different, and I’m sure you now that. It’s a lie to pretend you don’t.

        I don’t really see Apple actually killing Windows with this move as long as you need to buy a mac with real money to be eligible for getting the OS for free. This is just a testament to the fact that hardware is really the only thing people are willing to pay, no matter how valuable the software is. But that’s just human nature.

    2. Let’s face it, when do businesses ever upgrade the OS of a machine these days? They buy a new machine with the new OS license included. The bigger attack on MSFT today is the upgrading of iWork into a viable cloud-based office suite. Keynote is a killer app, and now Windows users have access to it. That will bring a few more switchers Apple’s way.

  2. Not to worry. Microsoft can offer money and FREE tickets with their also FREE software upgrades so they can keep their market share. (While they bleed through their cash while hoping to innovate the next new thing to stay alive. Maybe brown phones and tablets?)

  3. “…a new version of Safari with Shared Links…”

    Please Apple. Just let Safari have collapsed Folders and I shall submit 10 Twitter feeds praising The Almighty Mavericks.

    (I don’t really do Twitter. Keep that between us)

  4. Installed OS X mavericks on my mid-2013 MBA. All went smoothly except that I cannot open Mail. it keeps crashing. I’ve updated to all the recommendations, re-started etc. But Mail opens and then crashes. Any one else have the same experience?

    1. Works fine on my iMac. Not sure why AIR would not be the same. in regard to MAIL. Did you have enough HD free?

      Some things to note on my iMac….
      My HD had 21 GB free before the update. After update it has 64GB free. Not sure if I should be worried.

      Maps is awesome!!
      iBooks fantastic, especially in whole screen view.
      Mail seems fine.

      1. Maps is weak, no better than the version on the iPhone. I am disappointed that Apples definition of planning a trip is limited to starting point and destination, with assorted eye candy. Planning a trip for me is selecting a starting point, several intermediate stops of my choosing and then to the final destination. Then, depending on the nature of the route, perhaps the software could aid in some route optimization. All this with all required map data onboard the computer, so no internet connection is required. Streets and Trips could do that in 2004. I was hoping for better with Apples Maps for Desktops.

        Also, Safari won’t create tabs, just sits there and freezes. Suspect an “oops” somewhere.

        But the machine seems to run faster and scrolling seems smoother. Looks like a winner here.

      1. This worked perfectly on my late 2012 27″ iMac! I was having major delays every time I tried to type in Mail and this cleared it right up. Thank you so much for the tip.

  5. As many have pointed out, this is the coup de grace for Microsuck. BUT, it is also a strike at Google by including maps!! Hopefully they remove Google as the default search!!!

    1. I don’t know why you guys keep cursing Microsoft; Apple needs them around healthy and strong. Remember that Superman would have nothing to do if Lex Luthor was a do-gooder, so what reason would we have to marvel at his prowess? If the Soviet Union hadn’t existed then the United States would never have landed on the moon… and likely computers would still be room sized contraptions running on vacuum tubes. So you guys should be grateful Microsoft is there as the motivating ‘bad guy’ opponent.

      1. No, Apple does not need MS around. The reason for that is Apple is not competing with anyone. Competition is not the force driving Apple, delighting customers is. That’s what makes Apple special (but lesser companies do need Apple). If Apple was running US we would have been in Mars long ago, with or without USSR.

        Even if you do Think Different(TM) , Android does MS’s jobs just as well, or even better. PC is a truck anyway.

        1. Apple needs Microsoft. Don’t bet they won’t
          come back once Ballmer is gone; there’s
          a deep and committed install base worldwide,
          not just where there are people who like to read
          hype headlines about the PC being “dead”.
          PC is not dead, regardless of the cacophony.
          All that noise is just to keep you characters
          busy on the internet, clicking on links.
          Generating revenue…for Google,
          among others.

      2. If you really think that Apple needs Microsoft around in order for them to continue to do their best work, well, you really don’t understand the culture of Apple and what drives them.

        1. Apple needs the support of their rabid user fanbase that seems composed (unfortunately) of a large number of persons who seem to enjoy elevating Apple by kicking down Microsoft.
          No one ever applied the term ‘fanbois’ to people who like
          Microsoft. I used to prefer only Apple, but after taking an IT job where I had to maintain Windows computers I grew to have an appreciation for them, and now use the two together. They complement each other quite well for the type of work that I do. My point though, is this: if BMW was the only car manufacturer, no one would think of them as an upscale or exclusive brand compared to General Motors.
          Apple would not seem to be the “better brand” if there was no Microsoft. Would King David have risen to such prominence had
          the Philistines not sent Goliath against him?
          David needed Goliath, BMW needs General Motors,
          Apple needs Microsoft.

  6. I running a late 2008 MacBook Pro and I can’t believe how much faster it runs and no spinning beach balls any longer.
    Apple has done a wonderful job and no issues for me.

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