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Apple OS X Mavericks

Apple OS X Mavericks

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87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Free
  • iBooks and Maps now available on the desktop
  • Productivity features like tags and tabbed windows
Cons
  • OS X is feeling a bit stale these days
87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

87
 

User Reviews

90
Jakelegofilms
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
20
ihateosyosemite
This horrible OS X was installed against my will. I knew how bad it was from...read more
70
alecbuck
I still think Windows 8.1 pro is better.
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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average Critic Score
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Techno Buffalo
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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Engadget
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
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
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
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.
 
90
Engadget
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.
 
80
Ars Technica
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.
 
90
iMore
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.
 
100
Pocket-Lint
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.
 
90
Computerworld
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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