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Apple Mac OS X Mavericks for Mac

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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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent upgrade"

    March 5, 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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  • 5.0 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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