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Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9) General Information



On October 22nd, 2013, Apple released their latest operating software of 10.9 (also known as Mavericks). You may be wondering why your Mac is telling you that you have updates all the time, or you could be wondering why updates exist at all. This article should be able to help you feel more educated on the latest version of OS X.

What's New

Apps such as iBooks or Maps are often seen on i devices helping users kill time or find their way home from a friend’s house. Now these two handy applications are added to our Macs. If you have iCloud enabled, you will be able to have a library of books kept in the cloud and therefore accessible through all of your devices, now including your Mac.

Calendar recieved an update allowing you to customize your appointments, days, and months even further. A single calendar day can display weather and even estimated travel time. Calendar can even show where the location of your next event on a map so you can get directions with a click.

Safari was slightly improved with more efficient performance upgrades. This is due Safari’s new ability to stop unwanted plug-in content from playing and using battery power on your Mac. Apple claims you can use safari up to an hour longer than other browsers.

Keychain is a technology used by apple that stores all of your usernames, passwords, and other information safely on your Mac and is available when you need it. Mavericks brings iCloud to Keychain so that your information is accessible and easily used through all of your devices. Instantly.

Mavericks allows you to maintain multiple displays using your Mac. For example, you could be using Apple TV and be playing a full screen application through it while still having multiple windows open on your Mac’s screen. The menu bar and the dock are both available on screen as well.

Finder received notable improvements with the addition of finder tabs, and tags. Tabs allows you to have more than one finder tab open at one time allowing for easier organization. The look is very similar to that of Safari. You can also drag and drop files between your open tabs. With tags, you can also organize files even further by giving them a label or “tag”. This allows you to find a section of similar files that share a common tag.

What is OS X?

OS X as Apple puts it, is what makes a Mac a Mac. It is a unique operating system that is exclusive to Apple’s Macs. Mavericks is OS 10.9, which came after OS 10.8 with small updates being added on periodically (OS 10.8.1, OS 10.8.5).

How do I upgrade?

OS X Mavericks is free software provided by Apple through their Appstore.

Here are the minimum system requirements to install Mavericks:

  • OS X v10.6.8 or later                          
  • 2GB of memory
  • 8GB of available space

Supported Models:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)