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Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

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Information on Mavericks

Mavericks is the latest major release of Apple’s OS X. The latest Mavericks update was released on February 25th, 2014. Mavericks now includes the following features:

  • iBooks - capability to launch the iBooks app on your Mac with the books you’ve already downloaded on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch automatically syncing to your library.

  • Maps - all bookmarks and recent searches made on your Mac are automatically pushed to all your iOS devices. Ability to look up directions on your Mac and send them directly to your iPhone.

  • Calendar - New event inspector makes scheduling meetings easier by suggesting addresses and points of interest in the location field. Displays important information such as weather forecasts and estimated travel time as well as traffic notifications so you can leave on time.

  • Safari - Shared links in the Sidebar now shows links posted by people you are following on Twitter and LinkedIn.

  • iCloud Keychain - stores and autofills website usernames and passwords approved by users using a 256-bit AES encryption method.

  • Multiple Displays - each display now has its own menu bar and the Dock is available on whichever screen is currently being actively worked on. Apps can now run fullscreen independently on each display.

  • Notifications - ability to see important messages, FaceTime, and email notifications without leaving the current program you are working in.

  • Finder Tabs - consolidate multiple finder tabs into one window.

  • Tags - organize files using keywords.

Mavericks Requirements:

OS X v10.6.8 or later

2 GB of memory

8 GB of available space

Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply

Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply


How To Upgrade:

1. Ensure your Mac can run Mavericks

The following models compatible with OS X Mavericks:

iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)

MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)

MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)

Macbook Air (Late 2008 or newer)

Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)

Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

Xserve (Early 2009)


2. Check your version of OS X

If you are running Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8) you are ready to upgrade to Mavericks! Go to step 3.

a. Upgrading from OS X Snow Leopard

If you’re running Snow Leopard (10.6.x), you will first need to update to the latest version of Snow Leopard (10.6.8)  before you can download Mavericks from the App Store. To do so, click on the Apple Icon at the top left hand corner of your screen and select Software Update to install the latest version of Snow Leopard.

b. Upgrading from OS X Leopard

If you’re running Leopard and would like to upgrade to Mavericks, you will first need to upgrade to Snow Leopard. To do so, you must first purchase OS X Snow Leopard here.

3. Download OS X Mavericks

Open the App Store from your Dock and select OS X Mavericks to purchase and download the newest Apple OS X. Next, follow the onscreen instructions to install and you’re done!


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Is there anything I should do before upgrading to OS X Mavericks?
    1. Always backup your computer before you begin installing new software. We also suggest that you do the following to ensure Mavericks installs properly:
      1. Updating any software on your computer by going to the software's website
      2. Update your current operating system by using Software Update
      3. Connect your computer to your power adapter