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Apple's OS X 10.9 Mavericks launches as a free upgrade for Mac users

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Apple's next-generation desktop operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, is now available on the Mac App Store as a free upgrade for all Mac users running Snow Leopard or above.

Mavericks


Mavericks, named after a Northern California surf spot, brings several new and innovative features to Apple's stalwart operating system. A major focus of the effort, Apple software chief Craig Federighi revealed at Tuesday's event, was to enhance the performance and battery life of Apple's Mac hardware.

"Mavericks is an incredible release, which introduces significant new apps and features, while also improving the performance and battery life of your Mac," Federighi said in a news release.

In a stunning departure from the status quo, Apple announced that beginning with Mavericks, all future OS X point releases would be free of charge. The free pricing structure was portrayed by Federighi as a "revolutionary" change in the PC industry, where software upgrades are usually paid. Federighi pointed to Microsoft's $199 pricing for the company's Windows 8 Pro upgrade as an example.

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Apple's stated goal with the new pricing structure is for "every Mac user to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies, and the strongest security," according to Federighi. He added that the company believes "the best way to do this is to begin a new era of personal computing software where OS upgrades are free."

In addition to performance enhancements, Mavericks brings iBooks and Maps from Apple's iOS mobile operating system. Maps is particularly deeply integrated into Mavericks, featuring prominently in updates to the Mail and Calendar apps.

Mavericks also features enhanced support for multiple displays, an updated to the Safari web browser, new iCloud Keychain functionality that synchronizes a users's Mac keychain with the user's other Macs and iOS devices, and a welcome new tabbed mode for Finder.

Macs running versions of OS X all the way back to Snow Leopard --?from 2007 onward -- will be able to take advantage of the new software in a single update. In preparation of the next-gen OS X, Apple also released Migration Assistant software to ease data transfer from Snow Leopard and Lion.

Mavericks is available today as a free download from the Mac App Store.
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Awesome! Now make iLife and iWork free too!

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Didn't change my signature since WWDC.
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post #4 of 121
Awesome!!!
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An expected move from Apple, they did the same with iOS so it makes sense to use a SaaS structure.
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Didn't change my signature since WWDC.

Congrats! I'm definitely happy you were right!
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nice
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This can't be available soon enough for me...checking the App Store already. lol File tagging is going to change my life. :-)
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They had to make it free. MacOS segmentation was just killing us in IT.

Now to find out what's compatible and what's not...
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I love you Apple! I can't wait to get home to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by Goldenclaw View Post
They had to make it free. MacOS segmentation was just killing us in IT.

 

Isn’t that your fault? Pay for the update.

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post #12 of 121
Absolutely fantastic - back to 2007 !
Well done Apple !
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WOW.

This is awesome!!!!

I may not like iOS much but this is just cool. Way to bring some coolness and loyalty back Apple.
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Didn't change my signature since WWDC.

Nice call!

 

But didn't you take out "there will be an iTV"?  :p

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not currently available on the US Store?  HUH?

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post #16 of 121
Too expensive.

I would have got it if they had announced it at half that price.

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Isn’t that your fault? Pay for the update.

 

I think he means supporting BYOD users. I notice when looking at people's Macs at Starbucks, a lot of users are 1 or 2 versions behind.

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No word on icloud keychains? Do you think it will come back to iOS soon? Not really working on either iOS or OSX here in Canada???
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Item not available in the US store :( 

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Not available in Canada yet. Anyone know when?

 

Apple's Canadian site even has the "upgrade now" link, but it goes to the US store.

 

hmmmm


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post #21 of 121
Originally Posted by konqerror View Post

I think he means supporting BYOD users.

 

Ah, I see. Corporate policy should be to educate users thereon, then.

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Saw the DED at the Apple event. Talk about focused on an awe inspiring presentation over which the competition and the ScreamQueen of Copy can only drool and weep. As always, my heart and kindly wishes go out to ShockedStung.

 

And what is MS doing at the moment. Free and balling go together. Tears must be flowing from hyper Steve's pores.

 

Oh the humanity!

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post #23 of 121
While I enjoy my iPhone and iPad, my heart belongs to the Mac. I spend 8 hours every day staring at that thing.

I'm so happy that while it's becoming a smaller part of Apples money making machine, the Mac still gets the full treatment from them.
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Not available in UK store :-(

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Awesome! Now make iLife and iWork free too!

Is already is!

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BY FAR the best news of the day. Always good to see some REALLY interesting Mac-related stuff. Thank you, Apple!

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WOW.

This is awesome!!!!

I may not like iOS much but this is just cool. Way to bring some coolness and loyalty back Apple.

 

 

I hate iOS7.  The good news from that though is that I won't spend any more money on iDevices so I have more to spend on Mac!  Now with the OS free, I have more money!  Bwahahahaha!  MacPro here I come!

 

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post #28 of 121

I would really like to see Mail get the ability to flag emails with notification reminders. That is the one feature I seriously was hooked on with Outlook. 

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Downloading....... Phew!

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Picking up a couple of movies from the iTunes Store with all the money I just saved! Must. Give. Apple. Money... 1smile.gif

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post #31 of 121

I am blown away. Awesome!

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Free OS X, free iLife, free iWork, cheaper computers. Do you think Apple is trying to capitalize on their success by removing all barriers? :) 

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I hate iOS7.  The good news from that though is that I won't spend any more money on iDevices so I have more to spend on Mac!  Now with the OS free, I have more money!  Bwahahahaha!  MacPro here I come!

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Shut up and go away, you useless, pathetic FUDmonger - Tallest Skil
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I like to thank Apple for giving back! WOW FREE!!!

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now to find out if iDVD still runs under Mavericks.
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now to find out if iDVD still runs under Mavericks.

 

Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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Just FYI: Mavericks has been running nearly perfectly on my ancient 2007 iMac (first-gen aluminum, 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM.)  And I won't hesitate to use the word "snappy."  Have been running it for weeks and it's much more responsive than Mountain Lion ever was.

 

Minor glitches: occasional Safari tab crash-and-reload, Time Machine status bar indicator doesn't animate correctly, occasional blank gray iTunes view when running it full-screen.  No major problems though.

 

Personal favorites: Maps app, Finder tabs.

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Direct Link for Mavericks

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Downloading here in the UK. I had to download safari 6.1 first oddly yay!
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