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Apple launches OS X Mavericks

Owners of OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and higher can download OS X 10.9 Mavericks for free from the App Store. This update offers a rich set of new features and improvements.

Described by Apple as "the world's most advanced operating system", Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is now available as a free upgrade for users of Mac OS X Snow Leopard and later. During yesterday's launch event Apple also announced updated versions of its iWork and iLife suites of apps, together with the new iPad Air and the refreshed iPad mini.

Mac OS X Mavericks has a size of 5.29 GB and comes with over 200 new features and improvements. These are some of its highlights:

  • Enhanced support for multiple displays
  • Tagging - the user can assign tags to files, improving search and file management as well
  • Finder tabs - finder windows are now more flexible and they can also go full screen now
  • Maps and iBooks integration
  • Improved Notification Center
  • iCloud Keychain - password manager with 256-bit AES encryption and the ability to sync user's personal data across Apple devices running on iOS 7 and Mavericks
  • Updated Safari with multiple enhancements
  • Streamlined Calendar with advanced features, including a map with weather forecast
  • Improved system efficiency that leads to lower energy consumption

Mac OS X Mountain Lion shipped 28 million copies and was the best selling Mac OS X release so far with a price of $19.99. Mac OS X Mavericks is free and so it cannot become a best seller, but has all it takes to exceed the 30 million downloads mark soon.


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-10-23 (Update: 2013-10-23)