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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:03 pm    Post subject: OS X Mavericks Available Today Free from the Mac App Store Reply with quote

OS X Mavericks Available Today Free from the Mac App Store
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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Apple today announced that OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release of their desktop operating system, is available for free from the Mac App Store. With more than 200 new features, OS X Mavericks brings iBooks and Maps to the Mac, includes a new version of Safari, enhances multi-display support, introduces Finder Tabs and Tags and delivers new core technologies for breakthrough power efficiency and performance.

"Mavericks is an incredible release, which introduces significant new apps and features, while also improving the performance and battery life of your Mac," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "We want every Mac user to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies, and the strongest security. We believe the best way to do this is to begin a new era of personal computing software where OS upgrades are free."

OS X Mavericks is available today for free from the Mac App Store. Any Mac capable of running OS X Mountain Lion can also run Mavericks. You can upgrade to Mavericks for free directly from OS X Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion.



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what's the thinking on the forum behind the "free" price? With my cynical hat on, I'm suspicious that it smacks of desperation, but that doesn't really sound like Apple.

For example, Windows 8 was available as an upgrade for c.$25 dollars from memory for a while (when first introduced, but now no longer) but that DID seem like desperation.... IMHO

However, people who paid (even $20) to upgrade to Lion or Mountain Lion will be pretty pi**ed off, surely?

I'm still a Snow Leopard user, and wondering when/if to upgrade.....
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see it as a sign of desperation. Apple used to charge for iOS upgrades and they went free as well. Mac OS has become increasing less with each update. This is natural progression.
M$ is almost exclusively a software company. Software is how they generate 99% of their revenue.
Apple baits people with software so that they buy the hardware. No big secret.

One thing that should be said though is Apple is smart. Nobody is forcing you to download Mavericks, but millions of people will do so tonight. Their older machines will likely have run better with Snow Leopard, but once you get a taste of the new features, you may ask yourself if it's time to computer upgrade to get the performance back.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm so excited by this news. I thought that I was going to be shelling out $20 today for later today. I don't really see it being a sign of desperation either. It definitely puts more pressure on Microsoft.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can't beat the price of free. That being said, it looks like Apple has thrown in the towel for charging for software. That could come back to bite them if Mac sales don't pick up.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben Tex wrote:
You can't beat the price of free. That being said, it looks like Apple has thrown in the towel for charging for software. That could come back to bite them if Mac sales don't pick up.


True in the short term, but in the long term, if more and more people buy Macs. More 3rd party developers will program for the Mac as well. This in turn will allow Apple to sell the hardware exclusively based on the hardware.

I think you get what I'm saying.

Eg. If every photographer in the world is using a Mac. Adobe will step up their game. If Apple then starts charging $20 for iPhoto or discontinues it all together, will it make that much of a difference.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I kind of hearing that new iWork, iPhoto, etc. are also free with new OSX. True?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fiat wrote:
I kind of hearing that new iWork, iPhoto, etc. are also free with new OSX. True?

I think you have to buy new hardware to get those apps (or some of them) free.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody got any input, yet? My unread mailbox has gotten funky. Says there is 9 messages in it when there are none.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fuentecigar wrote:
Anybody got any input, yet? My unread mailbox has gotten funky. Says there is 9 messages in it when there are none.

No issues like that here. Everything seems snappy too. With perhaps the exception of startup and shutdown, which seem much slower than before. At least so on my MacBook Pro.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why is imac's from 2007 can run it, but mac mini's from same year can't.

guess my mini will forever run lion. Sad

I got 1.83 ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 gig of ram
Graphics Intel GMA 950 64 MB.

I guess its time to upgrade this puppy but i'm so attached to it
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

adv2k169 wrote:
why is imac's from 2007 can run it, but mac mini's from same year can't.

guess my mini will forever run lion. Sad

I got 1.83 ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 gig of ram
Graphics Intel GMA 950 64 MB.

I guess its time to upgrade this puppy but i'm so attached to it


The reason is maverick is a real 64 bit kernal where ml and l where 32 bit 64 bit hybrids
This is why the 2007 cant handle it
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm getting insane battery life now with my MacBook Air. At least another hour or two. Running well on my Mac mini as well. It's so great this went out as a free update.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:45 pm    Post subject: Software OS X 10.9 (13A603) Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Totally loving Mavericks. Especially some of the new apps like Maps and iBooks. Also loving the new multiple display options.
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