If you have a Mac running 10.6, 10.7 or 10.8 you can upgrade to Mavericks for free!
Here are the download links...
OS X Mavericks (Free): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id675248567
OS X Server (£13.99): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id714547929
System Requirements: www.apple.com/osx/specs/
Source: Ars Technica
Like Lion and Mountain Lion before it, it will be available in the Mac App Store. Upgraders can download the software for no cost.
The release was announced as part of Apple's October 22 press event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA. The new operating system brings a lot of under the hood changes, including finally fixing OS X multi-monitor support. Another hotly anticipated feature is Finder Tabs, which takes a page from tabbed Web browser behavior and should allow more flexibility when managing files. Visually, the new operating system has banished some of the more despised skeuomorphic elements that have over time crept onto the desktop. Apple's PR images show that things like iCal's leather stitching have been excised, leaving many applications less "touchable" but also less visually cluttered.
Efficient resource usage is also a major theme in the updated operating system. Apple's computer sales are dominated by portables, and Mavericks includes a great number of named features built to reduce the amount of power a Mac consumes and keep it running longer. In fact, Apple says that merely by installing Mavericks, Haswell-equipped Mac portables like the Macbook Air will gain at least an extra hour of battery life. Additionally, Mavericks gets a little smarter about memory management, compressing applications in memory and also dynamically allocating memory to the GPU based on performance requirements.
Last edited by Arthur; 23rd October 2013 at 12:51 AM.
First post updated with download link.
Really great news, just about to purchase licences for our macs running 10.6!
Apple needed to do this as they were starting to get users spread out from 10.6 to 10.9 which was becoming a nightmare for developers. Seems Apple are going to go down the in-app route to claw back money (garage band drummers testing these waters?)
mac_shinobi (22nd October 2013)
The text highlighted in red is the name of your USB flash drive.Code:sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction
You should see output like the following—it might take a while to finish.Erasing Disk: 0%... 10%... 20%...100%...
Copying installer files to disk...
Making disk bootable...
Copying boot files...
Where is the new feature list and will I be able to transfer time machine backups from 10.7 to 10.9 or have they changed it a lot. Any photos / videos to show what 10.9 will be like etc before I take the plunge on my 2011 mac mini
Free, Thank you apple!
mac_shinobi (23rd October 2013)
Upgrading from 10.7 to 10.9 is a no-brainer IMO.
All upgraded this morning before I had my first coffee of the day.
Apple? Free? Well, at least something good came out of the bile and bullpoo that was flowing freely from their mouths and charts yesterday!
So is it only Microsoft now that charges for the OS?
Mac OS X, Free
To (yet again) play devils advocate, Apple now seem to use OSX as platform to sell you things through. Linux is (and always will be free) and Android is an ad/app delivery platform. Both Apple and Google can give theirs away in the knowledge that they will get monies via other means. And with Apple and Google you must buy a new hardware platform every few years to continue this trend.
It is not so clear cut for Microsoft.
Saying that though. WOOT!! Free OS!!
*It would be nice for Microsoft to drop their consumer OS prices, even a bit, but I doubt that's ever going to happen
Hmmm, wonder how it will run on my older MacBook!
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