05 November 2013

Jump from OS X Mountain Lion to Mavericks!

OS X Mountain Lion

Apple on Tuesday released OS X Mavericks, the next iteration of “the world’s most advanced desktop operating system.” With this new operating system, Apple has made upgrading easier than ever.!

Once you've decided to install Mavericks, hop on over to the Mac App Store and search “OS X Mavericks.” Choose the appropriate icon, and you’ll be presented with the Mavericks page. Apple touts Mavericks with the slogan, “Power to the desktop.”

OS X Mountain Lion to Mavericks

Click Free Upgrade to begin the installation. Note that Mavericks come in at over five gigabytes so expect a wait - even on the fastest internet providers. Once you've finished installing, locate the file (if you’re running Lion or Mountain Lion, you’ll find the download in Launchpad).

Double click it and Mavericks will begin the installation. If you have an SSD, expect a faster install than those who have a traditional hard drive. Nevertheless, this too may take some time.

Follow all the steps in the installation. Before you know it, Mavericks will be installed! You can explore new features such as iBooks, Maps, Safari 7, Finder Tabs, iCloud Keychain, Multiple Displays, and more.

The overall feel to Mavericks is quite nice, although I've encountered a few bugs along the way. Nevertheless, this is typical of a new software, even for one that’s been in beta testing for a few months.

Mavericks also has some incredible new wallpapers, so be sure to try them out in System Preferences!!

As always, I’m impressed by the way Apple software “just works.” iBooks for Mac is exceptional and renders interactive books and textbooks quite well. iCloud Keychain is equally useful and syncs between by Macs, iPhones and iPads. Finder tabs certainly made organization easier and I've tried and liked Maverick’s new labels. But perhaps the most important and useful feature is improved battery life. I was at first somewhat skeptical, thinking that maybe I’d see a 15/20 minute increase in battery life, but I've experienced at least an hour more than before the installation. This is incredibly useful for power users; the new improvements for multitasking make Mavericks a must for any serious Mac user.

OS X Mountain Lion Rome Guide

Overall, I feel that Mavericks is an excellent upgrade and I’m quite pleased with it. Apple could fix a few bugs here and there, but when they do, the “world’s most advanced desktop operating system” will be better than ever