Apple Mac OS X Mavericks for Mac

Apple Mac OS X Mavericks for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.2
out of 12 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
10.9.4
File Size:
440.33MB
Date Added:
June 30, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac/OS X 10.9
Total Downloads:
59,470
Downloads Last Week:
2,224
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Additional Requirements:
iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)

Editors' review

Pros:

Free: Mac OS updates are typically a paid upgrade, but Apple has finally embraced the free distribution model, including a bunch of new app updates to boot.

Tabs and Tags: As users are now naturally used to browsing and managing the Web with tabbed interfaces, one is left to wonder why first-party developers never incorporated this into the native OS sooner. You can now browse your directories with similar Safari-like prowess. Mavericks also brings the ability to add tags to each file. Users can now label each file with a tag and color for quick indexed search.

Notifications: You can now create responses directly from notifications. Supported services include Facebook, Twitter, FaceTime, e-mail, instant message, calendar events, and reminders.

Power: Mavericks revamps the way your Macbook allocates its system resources to save power and keep your apps running smoothly by drastically reducing processor consumption for inactive windows.

Cons:

Left Behind: Some apps like Messages, Reminders, and Game Center still look the same: dated or just plain ugly.

Closed: With all the notification updates, it also leaves you wanting more from other third-party apps.

Final Verdict:

In a semi-surprising but understandable move, Apple has released a major update that noticeably improves the overall experience of the OS X line for both new and older machines -- for free. Laptop users will especially appreciate the re-engineered power management system that makes more efficient use of the core processor -- increasing battery time. There are many seemingly small additions and changes that make bottom-line improvements to your overall computing, including a quick way to respond directly from notifications. The best management practices of the Web have now trickled down and integrated themselves into Mavericks, like tabbed browsers and tags. Included with a pack of updated apps, Mavericks 10.9 is a milestone for Mac users, both in value and new features.

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  • All Versions:

    2.2

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current Version:

    1.7

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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    Results 1-10 of 12

  • 1 stars

    "I would PAY to have this uninstalled"

    July 27, 2014   |   By COgirl1984

    Version: Apple Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.4

    Pros

    None. I've only had problems with my computer since installing this update. Maybe it was a pro for Apple to release something for FREE and have all the users do the troubleshooting for them. The obviously did not do extensive testing or troubleshooting beforehand.

    Cons

    FaceTime stopped working immediately after update. I am also no longer able to connect my iPhone to iTunes and sync files and settings. It's really annoying to pay $2K for a computer and then install an automatic update which is supposed to "increase security" but which actually makes basic applications that I use on a daily basis stop working properly. BAD JOB APPLE.

    Summary

    If you're someone who reads reviews before installing updates (I finally got sick of the stupid reminder window that wouldn't go away), DO NOT INSTALL THIS UPDATE. You will definitely regret it. Too much of a headache, not worth any potential benefit.

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  • 1 stars

    "Awful at the start and it gets no better with age."

    July 07, 2014   |   By OldGrumpy

    Version: Apple Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.4

    Pros

    We were so busy trying to find out how to make it work, we never had the time to discover if there were any pros.

    Cons

    Too numerous to mention. Peripherals, such as printers, all of a sudden decided that they should became invisible to the computer. Documents prepared earlier could not be read. Mail programs refused to work or if they did, disgorged emails counted in the thousands from years earlier which we had thought had been deleted reappeared as if by magic.

    Summary

    My wife was ready to throw her mini out the window when I turned to Apple's excellent Time Machine backup program. Fortunately, we'd bought an automatic gdrive which backed up automatically without any input needed from a digitally challenged operator. We asked the Time Machine to restore the operating system to that which preceded Mavericks. After a half an hour of whirring and exchanging, it accomplished that which we hoped it might. The previous OS was reinstalled, the computer recognized the printer once again, email programs came to life, and life returned to normal. I had wondered at the time why Apple was making those who wanted Mavericks to engage in a lengthy (10 hours for us) download instead of selling an installation CD with the Mavericks OS on it for 50 to 100 bucks. Now I understand why it stuck with the download; Apple would have been deluged with demands for refunds; with this, no money exchanged hands and no demands were made on Apple. It is, however, an upgrade not yet ready for prime time unless you like aggravation and heartburn. That Mavericks will provide in that spades, for those who are swayed by the well produced come-ons distributed by Apple on its websites. But if you want a nice little quiet upgrade in your OS to improve your computer and increase your productivity, Mavericks is not the upgrade for you.

    In short, I resent being made a free guinea pig for Apple, a tester without portfolio or pay, recruited by my own hand to test their Operating System, and discover what they need to do to improve it. When a car won't run, or when it does it is erratic and controls it not, it is time to move it on to another.

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  • 3 stars

    "Should be named Lag OS"

    June 30, 2014   |   By tappy727

    Version: Apple Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.4

    Pros

    integration with iCloud

    Cons

    After booting up and the Finder comes up, there is a big lag trying to launch an application, lots of bounces on the dock. Got couple of applications running, more lag when trying to switch to another application and doing something. Better with Mac OS 10.8.

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  • 5 stars

    "I haven't Had any trouble with it."

    June 24, 2014   |   By carvingtech

    Version: Apple Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.3

    Pros

    Better battery life on my MacBook Pro.

    Cons

    None that I can see

    Summary

    Not sure what "mac-heath" is ranting about. I haven't had any of the problems that he reports. None. Maybe he is just selling his blog.

    This is still in Beta at the time of my review. Beta is not General Release. One could expect bugs in Beta, but again, I haven't had any trouble with it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Beta Ware - Stay Away"

    May 19, 2014   |   By mac-heath

    Version: Apple Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.3

    Pros

    None found after three weeks.

    Cons

    It's not ready for release and the redesign is ill considered. Too many probelms to list here: crashes, network drops, bugs, no more native sync, chaotic redesign that disrupts work flow. See my description here: http://mavericksos.blogspot.com

    Summary

    I have written up and posted most of the major problems on the following blog:


    Chief among the defects are frequent slow downs and crashes involving apps that deny access to the processor to keep the processor cool. The apps are called kernel_task and SystemUIServer. The crashes happen running native apps email and safari and skype and ms word 2008, no heavy use, no music or video, just work-a-day apps.

    Lots of little things to upset your workflow. Going from recognizable three-dimensional icons and over all appearance to washed-out, over bright two dimensional "cleaned up" or "uncluttered" appearance that makes everything harder to use.

    Bought a high end mac book retina with this OS on it, an expensive mistake.

    This is Apple's "Vista" only maybe worse because it cannot be uninstalled.

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  • 1 stars

    "You get what you pay for."

    March 20, 2014   |   By OSXpert

    Version: Apple Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.2

    Pros

    It's better than windows and Mountain Lion OSX.

    Cons

    It's worse than snow leopard.

    Glitches with Java

    Hid "Quick look" feature inside a menu, and is no longer available quickly as it is meant to me.

    Folder tags are now little dots instead of bold colors. The point of a tag is to clearly see what I marked, unfortunately, the change to the dot makes me look for the dot now so I can find the folder i'm looking for... hmmm... how about a tag for a tag Apple?

    Summary

    It seems the developers are not getting much sleep, or are just the good ones are leaving apple... hope one of the good ones starts a new OSX that is superb!

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent upgrade"

    March 05, 2014   |   By macintel--2008

    Version: Apple Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.2

    Pros

    It looks as if the retina MBP 2.7G i7 with 8G ram and 256 G flash drive is more responsive.My older MBP is behaving as sluggish as before. Had no problems during installations on both machines, saved a few Giga of HD space on both, and the new tweaks like finder tabs and so are neat. HOWEVER, among all the new features the one crucial to me is the multiple displays - finally I don't need to arrange my windows and screens each and every time that I arrive at the office and connect the MBP to the office monitor.

    Cons

    My older MBP is behaving as sluggish as before.

    Summary

    Finally decided to give up on Parallels and upgraded to 10.9.2 - I'm glad I did.

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  • 5 stars

    "Smooth upgrade"

    February 25, 2014   |   By nouser

    Version: Apple Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.2

    Pros

    Feels faster and I like the new GUI. Upgrade to 10.9.2 was flawless with no issues. Excellent integration with the IOS devices. (2 iPhones & 3 iPads) I'm seeing about 30 minutes more battery life.

    Cons

    None apparent.

    Summary

    A painless upgrade. This one fixes a potentially nasty SSL issue.

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  • 1 stars

    "Mavericks bricked my laptop"

    February 14, 2014   |   By JoTma

    Version: Apple Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.1

    Pros

    Gave me a nice opportunity to test out my backups.

    Cons

    Hours of lost effort, additional stress and utter annoyance.

    Summary

    I was running Snow Leopard with a Windows 7 Boot Camp partition that worked wonderfully together. I should've enjoyed that and left it alone. I downloaded and 'upgraded' to Mavericks, which appeared to go through the normal and expected processes. Then, it goes to the automatic restart and when it wakes up it can't find my harddrive's mac partition and all I get is a 'prohibited' sign. I open up Disk Utility from the SL install disk and it shows my mac partition has a new name, is in MS-DOS format and is utterly unreadable. The Boot Camp partition still appears to be there but cannot be cloned or burned to disk as an image. I went through three guys at the Apple store's genius bar and to a man, all they could do (after running their diagnostics) was shake their heads and give me a sad look while they asked if I had backed up the data (which, fortunately, I have recently). I have several friends who've upgraded without problem, but none of them also run Windows, so this may be an issue with the Boot Camp sector.

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  • 1 stars

    "Staying with Snow Leopard. Don't like grey."

    November 09, 2013   |   By berlindave

    Version: Apple Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9

    Pros

    I can't say - I installed Mavericks on another drive just to check it out. Not for me, so far. It's there and can be up and running in a minute but Snow Leopard suits my purposes better.

    Cons

    1. Grey Icons with no color or custom options. Why Apple has done this is beyond me. How do they justify it, anyone know? Grey icons slow the workflow. What's supposed to good about them and why is there no option? Hubris?

    Summary

    After Lion and Mountain Lion caused all sorts of problems and lost work time, I went back to Snow Leopard and I'm happy there.
    I don't have, want, or need an iPhone or iPad so the whole iOS thing is not relevant to me. (A MacBook Air 11" serves an iPad-type function.)
    Finder Tabs - they should have been there years ago, now they're touted as a major new feature when 3rd party apps like XtraFinder (free wih frequent updates) have been doing the same job plus other stuff for a long while.
    Oh well. Apple's gone ivory tower maybe, which usually follows success.

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