Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Operating System
If you’re wondering why Apple’s newest version of Mac OS X isn’t named Bobcat or Cougar, Apple decided to break from its tradition of naming their Mac OS X versions after felines. Instead, Apple went with the name Mavericks for Mac OS X 10.9. You may also be pleased to hear that you’ll be able to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks for free. That’s right: free. See the links at the end of the article for system requirements, model compatibility, in-depth instructions, and a download link.
Arguably the biggest improvement of the Mac OS X is its approach to multiple displays. In Mavericks, there’s no longer a primary and a secondary display when connecting multiple monitors in Mac OS X Mavericks. Each monitor will now have its own menu bar and the Dock is available on whichever screen you’re working. You can have multiple app windows running on either display or run an app, full screen, on each one. Mission Control makes it easy for you to drag what you want where you want it. You can even drag it across the room because now AirPlay and Apple TV can wirelessly turn your HDTV into a fully functional display.
OS X Mavericks brings many new apps, some of which are popular iOS apps, to the Mac. One of these apps is iBooks. With Mavericks, you’ll be able to launch the iBooks app right on your Mac and all the books you’ve already downloaded on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch will automatically appear in your library. Reading books in the iBooks app is intuitive and easy, allowing you to use the touchpad to turn pages with a swipe, and zoom in on images with a pinch. If you’re a student who needs to look at multiple books at a time, the iBooks app allows you to do so. Also, when you take notes, highlight passages, or add a bookmark on your Mac, iCloud pushes them to all your devices automatically. iCloud can even remember which page you’re on so when you decide to open the iBooks app on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you can pick up right where you left off.
Another helpful iOS app making its way to the Mac, thanks to Mavericks, is Maps. The Maps app allows you to look up directions on your Mac and send them directly to your iPhone for voice navigation. In addition, all your bookmarks and recent searches are automatically pushed to all your iOS devices so you can plan trips on your Mac and have all the locations at hand while you’re on the road. Of course, you can get information on local points of interest like restaurants and hotels, complete with phone numbers, photos, and even Yelp reviews. Because it’s a native app for the Mac and not just a ported iOS version, the Maps app will take full advantage of your display. Zooming in and out will be smooth and responsive and you’ll also be able to use Apple’s Flyover view, which is a photo-realistic interactive 3D experience that lets you “fly over” select cities.
Finder Tabs help you de-clutter your desktop by consolidating multiple Finder windows into one. You can switch between tabs, customize views, and reorder them however you like. This makes it easy to move files since you just have to drag and drop them between tabs inside of separate windows. Tags can also be used to organize and find your files on your hard drive or on iCloud. Simply tag files you want to organize together with a keyword, then you can find them again by entering it into the search field of the Finder. Tag a file once or give it multiple tags to assign it multiple projects. The Calendar app has a fresh new look and new features that make managing your time easier and more efficient. A new event inspector makes it easier to create and edit events by suggesting addresses and points of interest when you start typing in the location field. It shows your event’s location on a map so you can get directions with a click. It also displays a weather forecast and can even calculate travel time so you’ll know how long it’ll take to reach your destination. Also, you can send yourself a notification so you know exactly when to leave.
Safari in Mac OS X Mavericks delivers faster performance and innovative features. Shared Links in the new Sidebar shows links posted by people you follow on Twitter and LinkedIn so you can keep up with new content. The redesigned Top Sites makes it easy to organize your favorites. Thanks to the new Nitro Tiered JIT and Fast Start technologies in Safari, the websites you visit feel more responsive.
iCloud Keychain allows you store your website user names and passwords on the devices you’ve approved, protects them with robust AES 256-bit encryption, and keeps them up to date on each device. The new Password Generator suggests unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts. iCloud Keychain works with credit card information as well so you can check out without having to re-enter your credit card number any time you want to make an online purchase.
Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks provides an improved user experience and brings some popular iOS apps to the Mac. In addition to all the new features the OS X Mavericks brings to the Mac, the fact that it’s free is just icing on the cake.
For an informative step-by-step guide on how to upgrade to Mac OS X Mavericks, please click here.
If you’re looking for the actual OS X Mavericks download link, please visit the Mac App Store.