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An underwhelming, but no-brainer upgrade

87

Like the last few upgrades, Mavericks doesn't do anything particularly bold, but a slew of new features (and zero cost to download) make the upgrade worth it.

Critic reviews

8.9
11 reviews
  • Ease of use
    9.1
  • Speed
    8.8
  • Configurability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    8.4
  • Openness

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User reviews

8.6
48 reviews
9.0
Engadget Oct 22, 2013

Like the last few upgrades, Mavericks doesn't do anything particularly bold, but a slew of new features (and zero cost to download) make the upgrade worth it.

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9.0
Computerworld Oct 22, 2013

Overall, I like Mavericks, which isn't a surprise given that I liked its predecessor. It doesn't represent the UI overhaul that iOS 7 did on the mobile side, but it continues to refine OS X, applying polish where needed.

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9.0
TechCrunch Oct 24, 2013

Apple has really turned the business of desktop software on its head with this update, and there’s no reason not to update – in fact, there’s every reason to make the software change as soon as you can.

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9.0
PC Mag Oct 23, 2013

OS X remains the best consumer-level desktop operating system, despite Microsoft's impressive catch-up in Windows 8.1. Top-notch, unobtrusive security is a major plus, as is tight integration with social media and the ability to run Windows applications through third-party apps.

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8.0
Ars Technica Oct 22, 2013

This year, I may have already gone Mavericks-only across my whole household by the time you read this. Barring any unforeseen bugs or compatibility issues, Mavericks seems like a no-brainer upgrade to me. But you can be sure I'll have a fresh set of backups—and you should too.

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8.0
Macworld Oct 23, 2013

Mavericks adds new productivity features, under-the-hood changes to improve battery life, and new apps. It's a free update that's worth every penny you won't pay for it.

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10
Pocket-Lint Oct 23, 2013

Put simply, if you want your MacBook to last longer before you have to charge it, download Mavericks right now. There are teeny teething issues with Quick Look and Mail, but they're minor hiccups. For a free upgrade this is incredible stuff.

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10
T3 Nov 6, 2013

Should you download Mavericks? Are you serious? Of course you should. It's better in every detail and it's free. Apple's OS X was the best computer software available already, and this is better in pretty much every way.

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9.0
iMore Oct 22, 2013

The bottom line is that if you're interested in seeing your Mac work more efficiently and seeing yourself work more efficiently, Mavericks will help you catch the perfect wave.

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9.0
Digital Trends Oct 24, 2013

If you can upgrade to Mavericks, there is no reason why you shouldn’t, as almost everything that it adds is an improvement over what came before.

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8.0
The Next Web Oct 22, 2013

Mavericks lacks a truly marquee feature. Even the arrival of apps like iBooks and Maps feels more like Apple playing catch-up with iOS than a genuine new feature. Still, I can’t argue with free, especially when it makes my Mac faster and smoother.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jun 24, 2013

For the foreseeable future, OS X's growth will continue to be gradual. But there are certainly enough additions in here to make upgrading a no-brainer for Mac users when the final version hits in the fall. And in the meantime, hopefully Apple will reveal even more reasons to give it a try.

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Macworld Aug 8, 2013

Apple makes a lot of claims about Mavericks making MacBooks more energy-efficient, thereby extending battery life. That’s an awfully hard thing to test on prerelease software, but I’m encouraged by Apple’s attempts with features such as App Nap to more aggressively regulate apps.

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ZDNet Aug 7, 2013

A number of in-built apps are now compatible with iCloud storage, including Automator and AppleScript Editor, suggesting a greater integration of software and services with the desktop platform.

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PC Mag Jul 24, 2013

If your idea of a useful OS upgrade is a comprehensive overhaul that takes weeks to get used to but is dazzling to look at, then you won't get excited by the newest version of OS X. If you want your computer simply to work better and faster ... then you'll be glad to upgrade to Mavericks.

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ZDNet Oct 22, 2013

OS X Mavericks has a different login screen to differentiate it from older versions of the Mac desktop operating system. It may change in later builds, but for now it is cleaner and simpler, with a "flatter" Apple logo above the usernames.

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Techno Buffalo Jun 12, 2013

These are just a handful of the improvements being made for Mavericks. In fact, much of the “Advanced Technologies” (timer coalescing, App Nap, Safari Power Saver, iTunes HD playback efficiency, compressed memory) are done on the back end that won’t be apparent at first for average users.

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9.0
cjtylr cjtylr

I'm quickly becoming a fan of the annual OS update schedule Apple is promulgating through its products. Sure, waiting several years for a new version of Windows makes it a bit more exciting, but more iterations means consumers get updates to smaller things more often. It also allows Apple to ease...

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7.0
agami agami

If there ever were any omens signalling the maturation of the desktop OS none have been so clear as that of the recent Windows 8 and now Apple Mac OS 10.9 a.k.a Mavericks. But we can't put it all on the OS, the maturation and stagnation is in the hardware for which the OS is intended for....

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