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Apple announced the latest version of its Mac operating system called OS X 10.9 Mavericks back in June. If you're a Mac user that's been counting the days until you can get your hands on Mavericks, some good news has surfaced today.
Apple has released OS X 10.9 Mavericks Golden Master to developers. The Golden Master version of the software is the final version of the operating system that will be installed on all new Macs and will be available for existing customers to download.

Finder Tabs

It is likely that Apple will launch OS X 10.9 later this month, possibly to coincide with the launch of new iPads and the new Mac Pro. Mavericks will bring several new features including support for iBooks, Finder Tabs, integrated Apple Maps, and a new power saving feature called App Nap.

At the same time the Mavericks Golden Master was released to developers, Apple also offered up Xcode 5.0.1 Golden Master as well. Xcode is a developer toolset for Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad development. It is expected to launch to consumers alongside Mavericks.

Source: AppleInsider

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By Mitch101 on 10/4/2013 9:38:26 AM , Rating: -1
Mavericks? They drop the pussy naming?

RE: Mavericks
By Brandon Hill on 10/4/2013 10:57:58 AM , Rating: 1
I'd be interested in seeing what they price this release at -- this seems more like a service pack than something worth spending $20 for (the typical upgrade price).

RE: Mavericks
By Mitch101 on 10/4/2013 11:30:09 AM , Rating: 3
$20.00 + $30.00 for the proprietary cable.

RE: Mavericks
By Argon18 on 10/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: Mavericks
By troysavary on 10/4/2013 11:41:11 AM , Rating: 4
Yet you are enough of a fan to outright lie, or just too stupid to fact check. Going from 8 to 8.1 is free. You only have to buy it if you are moving from 7 or earlier. Then you get the price wrong too. The pre-order price is $119.

RE: Mavericks
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/7/2013 8:35:08 AM , Rating: 3
Ooopsie Argon. Busted! lolz

I hate WIndows 8/8.1 with a passion, but even I know that the upgrade from 8->8.1 is a freebie.

RE: Mavericks
By ritualm on 10/4/13, Rating: 0
RE: Mavericks
By purerice on 10/4/2013 12:34:26 PM , Rating: 2
Apple used to release OSX about once a year and charge $80-100 for the same updates. Apple charges what Apple wants to charge because Apple customers pay what Apple wants to charge.

Anyway from a technical standpoint, neither Win.8 nor 10.7 or 10.8 had any feature worth upgrading to. They merely bastardized their OS to have more of a tablet feel. Features of 10.9 such as compressed memory will be interesting to see in action. How will they affect performance and how will they affect battery life. Will systems LPDDR memory get more benefit than systems with DDR? It will be interesting to see.

RE: Mavericks
By captainBOB on 10/5/2013 4:56:17 PM , Rating: 2
The same tools one could use to manage Linux boxes in an AD controlled environment are also available for OS X.

Here's an example that is actually used in my University to integrate all the Macs and Linux boxes into the AD domain.

I've always said, If you plan on bashing a competitor platform, always know what you are talking about. Even if you don't like said platform for whatever reason.

RE: Mavericks
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/7/2013 8:46:38 AM , Rating: 2

Yet the bash-ee started off this thread by bashing Windows without bothering checking his facts (comparing previous version Windows vs OS X upgrade costs).

btw - what does having AD on a Mac have to do with upgrade distribution in a closed network? Microsoft provides a means to do that. Does Apple? Or are you forced to have your IT team integrate in expensive 3rd-party components that may or may not have been built specifically for OS X?

RE: Mavericks
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/7/2013 8:49:48 AM , Rating: 2
Also - service packs in the Windows world are always free. Point releases, like the one going from Windows 8 to 8.1 usually free, but aren't guaranteed to be.

RE: Mavericks
By EnzoFX on 10/4/2013 12:38:54 PM , Rating: 1
This old joke of a concept. The only Windows SP to offer anything really new was what? SP2 for XP? The XP era was the exception, not the rule. OS X updates offer way more tangible features than any Windows SP ever did. The difference is arguable, but it's clearly there. The discussion leads nowhere because what should be painfully obvious is that Apple can afford to practically give their OS' away, their money is made in the hardware. MS cannot. You can think of it a a further pro is buying into the Mac ecosystem, but it's a tangible benefit. You can think of it as a small part of the more expensive hardware in some cases.

I'd argue there's a feeling a value for this reason alone. The new OS updates at any given time feel like a steal for said reasons.

RE: Mavericks
By compuser2010 on 10/4/2013 3:55:58 PM , Rating: 2
Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista was also significant. It brought UEFI, exFAT and GPT to the masses - as well as noticeable improvements in speed. With SP1, Vista became a tolerable, if not acceptable, successor to XP.

RE: Mavericks
By Apone on 10/4/2013 4:39:27 PM , Rating: 2
...this seems more like a service pack than something worth spending $20 for (the typical upgrade price).

Exactly, and I'd like to add that Apple has a habit of quietly including "security patches/updates" in the fine print when they disclose what new "features" are included.

RE: Mavericks
By Tegeril on 10/5/2013 5:46:07 AM , Rating: 2
This looks like a whole lot more than a service pack to me.

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