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 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! 🙂


    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.

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