OS X Mavericks

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OS X v10.9 Mavericks
Release of OS X operating system
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OS X Mavericks Desktop.png
The default OS X Mavericks Desktop
Company / developerApple Inc.
Source modelClosed source (with open source components)
Released to manufacturingOctober 22, 2013
Latest release10.9.4 (Build 13E28) / June 30, 2014 (2014-06-30)[1]
Update methodMac App Store
Supported platformsx86-64
Kernel typeHybrid
LicenseAPSL, BSD, GPL v2, and Apple EULA and NDA
Preceded byOS X v10.8 Mountain Lion
Succeeded byOS X v10.10 Yosemite (Still in Beta)
Official websiteOfficial website
Support status
Supported
 
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OS X v10.9 Mavericks
Release of OS X operating system
Osx-mavericks-logo.png
OS X Mavericks Desktop.png
The default OS X Mavericks Desktop
Company / developerApple Inc.
Source modelClosed source (with open source components)
Released to manufacturingOctober 22, 2013
Latest release10.9.4 (Build 13E28) / June 30, 2014 (2014-06-30)[1]
Update methodMac App Store
Supported platformsx86-64
Kernel typeHybrid
LicenseAPSL, BSD, GPL v2, and Apple EULA and NDA
Preceded byOS X v10.8 Mountain Lion
Succeeded byOS X v10.10 Yosemite (Still in Beta)
Official websiteOfficial website
Support status
Supported

OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) is the tenth major release of OS X, Apple Inc.'s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers. OS X Mavericks was announced on June 10, 2013, at WWDC 2013, and was released on October 22, 2013, as a free update through the Mac App Store worldwide.[2][3]

The update places emphasis on battery life, Finder enhancements, other enhancements for power users, and continued iCloud integration, as well as bringing more of Apple's iOS apps to the OS X platform. Mavericks marks the beginning of a change in the naming scheme of OS X, departing from the use of big cats and moving to names based on places in California.[2] Following the new naming scheme, the current version of the operating system is named Mavericks, after the surfing location in California.[2][4]

History[edit]

OS X Mavericks was announced by Apple during the company's 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, held on June 10, 2013. iOS 7, a revised MacBook Air, the sixth generation AirPort Extreme, the fifth generation AirPort Time Capsule, and a completely redesigned Mac Pro were also announced during the keynote. During a keynote on October 22, 2013, Apple announced that the official release of 10.9 on the Mac App Store would be available immediately, and that unlike previous versions of OS X (which however, have had progressively decreasing prices since 10.6), 10.9 would be available at no charge to all users running Snow Leopard (10.6.8) or later.[5]

On October 22, 2013, Apple offered free upgrades for life on its operating system and business software.[6]

System requirements[edit]

OS X Mavericks is compatible with all Macs that are capable of running OS X Mountain Lion; as with Mountain Lion, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of available storage, and OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later are required.

The full list of compatible models:

New and changed features[edit]

The following is a list of features that differ from previous releases of OS X:

Reception[edit]

OS X Mavericks has received a mixture of positive and negative reviews on the Mac App Store but Mac users have welcomed[citation needed] the fact that updating to OS X Mavericks is free of charge, and users who purchase the new Macs with pre-loaded versions of OS X Mavericks are able to get Apple's iWork productivity suite for free as well.[citation needed]

One complaint is that Apple removed the "local sync" services which forces users to get iCloud to sync iOS devices with the desktop OS.[25][26] However, this feature has since returned in the 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.2 updates.

Issues specific to OS X Mavericks[edit]

During the first few weeks after OS X Mavericks was introduced, a substantial number of Western Digital external hard drive users complained about data losses (and corruption) when they upgraded to OS X Mavericks, especially when the hard drives were used in conjunction with Western Digital's proprietary disk management software. This forced Western Digital to take down a few of its apps such as WD Drive Manager, WD RAID Manager and WD SmartWare and issue statements urging its users to delay upgrading to OS X Mavericks and to stop using the Western Digital software for the time being.[29] An upgrade for WD Smartware introduced on 25 November 2013 has supposedly resolved the issue.[30]

Versions of OS X Mavericks before 10.9.2 can fail to validate a Secure Sockets Layer or Transport Layer Security certificate's signature in cases where the connection is made with TLS versions 1.1 or below or SSL 3.0 and forward secrecy is enabled. This allows a man-in-the-middle attack to take place under these circumstances.[31] This vulnerability has been assigned the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures number CVE-2014-1266. OS X version 10.9.2 patches this vulnerability.[32]

Releases[edit]

VersionBuildDateOS nameNotesStandalone download
10.913A603 (GM2)October 22, 2013Darwin 13.0Original Mac App Store release
10.9.113B42December 16, 2013Darwin 13.0About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.1 UpdateOS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Individual update
10.9.213C64February 25, 2014Darwin 13.1About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 UpdateOS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Individual update

OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Combo update

10.9.313D65May 15, 2014Darwin 13.2About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.3 Update
10.9.413E28June 30,2014Darwin 13.3.0About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.4 UpdateOS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Individual update

OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Combo update

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Apple unveils iPad Air, new Macs for holidays". Reuters. October 22, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
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  23. ^ "New in OS X Mavericks: OpenGL 4.1 brings increased performance, more features". Mac Daily News. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  24. ^ "OpenCL for OS X". Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "iTunes 11 for Mac: Sync contacts, calendars, and other info with iPod, iPhone, or iPad". Apple, Inc. September 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "About SyncServices". Apple, Inc. January 1, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  27. ^ "A eulogy for the Mac's Open Transport API". ZDnet. November 13, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Why Mavericks' movies may not preview properly". MacWorld. October 28, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  29. ^ Whittaker, Zack. "Western Digital warns of disk data loss in OS X Mavericks upgrade". Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  30. ^ Hoffman, Ilene. "Western Digital SmartWare software update addresses data loss bug". Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  31. ^ Ducklin, Peter (February 24, 2014). "Anatomy of a "goto fail" - Apple's SSL bug explained, plus an unofficial patch for OS X!". Naked Security. Sophos. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  32. ^ "National Vulnerability Database (NVD) National Vulnerability Database (CVE-2014-1266)". National Vulnerability Database. National Institute of Standards and Technology. February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 

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