The latest release of the Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks 10.9 was released late October and is available from the App Store. Any compatible machine running OS X 10.6.8 or later can be upgraded to Mavericks at no charge. Simply launch the App Store and click on OS X Mavericks, which will start a download which is roughly 7 GB. As a precaution, it is recommended to backup all data before proceeding with the upgrade. Compatible machines must have at least 2 GB of RAM (8 GB is recommended) and at least 8 GB of free hard drive space.
Some of the standout features of this new OS X include improved multi-display support, finder enhancements including tabs and document tags, a new Maps application, a more polished OS X design and much more. For more information on all the new features, click here.
The following Mac models are compatible with OS X Mavericks:
- iMac (mid-2007 or newer)
- MacBook (late 2008 aluminium, 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)