[UPDATE] – One of the best ways to check if your Mac is ready for OS X Mavericks is to run this compatibility check here.
In case you didn’t know already, OS X Mountain Lion is on its way out! On its way in is OS X Mavericks, Apple’s latest version of its operating system, waiting in the wings, expected to be launched either during September or October, 2013.
Like all previous updates on the OS X operating systems, OS X Mavericks is expected to bring in a slew of updates that will try to improve user interaction, hardware performance and general efficiency of the operating system that will keep Macs all around the world humming along at the impressive speeds that they are so well known for.
First, let’s take a look at what existing Mac machines will qualify for the OS X Mavericks upgrade.
Is your mac eligible for an OS X Mavericks upgrade?
Well, it would be, if your Mac is the same or a newer version of the Mac models mentioned below.
- iMac (Mid 2007 Models +)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum Models + Early 2009 Models+)
- MacBook Pro (Late 2007 or Newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or Newer)
- MacPro (Early 2008 or Newer)
- MacMini (Early 2009 or Newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009 or Newer)
As you can see from the above passage, early or late means that you mac may or may not qualify for an upgrade if it is on the fringe period of the times mentioned above.
Either way, you will know for sure when the upgrade does roll out as your Mac will automatically prompt you to make the move to the new operating system when the update does becomes live.
How to manually check if the OS X Mavericks update is available?
If for some strange reason your Mac’s automatic software upgrades feature is turned off, you will not receive notifications about a software upgrade. If you suspect that this might be the case, you can easily check for a software upgrade by taking the following steps.
- Click on the Apple logo next to the Finder menu item
- Choose “Software Update”, the second option
- If an update is available, your Mac will automatically prompt you to make an upgrade, with a few easy clicks
If your Mac OS X is up to date, it should currently be displayed as Mac OS X v10.6.6 If it shows something older, it probably means that you already have a pending upgrade that you haven’t used, even before this OS X Mavericks update comes along.
How much will the OS X Mavericks update cost?
There’s no official word on the pricing as yet. However, if one used past pricing trends, OS X Mavericks will probably cost anywhere between $19.99 and $29.99, depending on the year and model of your Mac.
How to make sure your Mac is good enough for OS X Mavericks?
Now, remember that a new operating system will undoubtedly mean that it will be more resource hungry. If you think your Mac has slowed down over the past few months, a clean up might well be due.
A highly reputed Mac community approved program called Clean My Mac 2, available for a free trial at this link here, can speed up your Mac in just 10 minutes, with just two or three clicks. It has the ability to speed up your Mac by freeing up hard disk space, by helping you easily uninstall problematic apps and by clearing out your login queue.
It also carries out a few other very effective tweaks that can help you improve the speed of your Mac by as much as 30% to 40%, especially if you have used your Mac for some time now.
Mac OS X Mavericks New Features
Multi-Monitor support – One major pet peeve that Mac users have had for years now is OS X’s disdain for a multi-monitor setup. However, thankfully, OS X Mavericks or OS X 10.9 is expected to offer full fledged multi-monitor support, right out of the box, allowing users to extend their desktop with just a few easy clicks.
There is also widespread speculation that OS X Mavericks will be readily compatible with Apple TV, another innovation from Apple that is due to hit markets in the coming months.
Multi-Monitor support in OS X Mavericks has been, supposedly, dubbed as “Mission Control”
Improved Finder – OS X Mavericks will feature a new finder that can be opened and dragged into individual positions, as if you were opening, re-sizing and re-positioning a browser window.
Finder will also now integrate tags, tags with which you can easily define as projects or categories or documents to find what you need a lot quicker than before, with the traditional finder. It is also expected that Finder will offer full screen support, to those who want it.
OpenGL 4.1 Support – The new OS X is expected to have full OpenGL 4.1 support, a feature that is much awaited by the more technically savvy Mac using community around the world.
Compressed memory – It is also rumored that OS X Mavericks will feature a memory compress feature, a performance tweak that will automatically compress data generated by inactive apps, freeing up memory that can then be used by active apps, thereby giving your Mac improved speed performance.
Besides the features highlighted above, OS X 10.9 is also expected to feature LinkedIn sharing integration, OpenCL 1.2 support, timer coalescing, some UI changes, some enhancements to the Safari browsing experience, implementation of iCloud Keychain and the introduction of a new iBooks and Maps application.
There you have it, a brief sneak peek at OS X Mavericks, Apple’s next operating system that is due to launch almost anytime now.
Please do take a moment to share this post with your fellow Mac users. After all, everyone will be excited to hear about a new operating system roll out for their macs!