Last week, Apple unveiled new iPad models and new specs for some of its MacBook Pro computers. But most surprising was its announcement that a new piece of software, “OS X Mavericks,” would be available as a free upgrade for many Mac computer owners. But what is “Mavericks?”
The software is the newest version of the Mac operating software that runs on computers such as iMacs, MacBook Pros, Mac Minis and MacBook Airs. It replaces last year’s “Mountain Lion” version and, for the first time, doesn’t cost any money to get as an upgrade. Apple made the software available as a download on Oct. 22, touting more than 200 new features including improved battery life on laptops and better performance. Most Mac computers that were purchased since 2007 or 2008 can use the upgrade. Apple has a list of compatible machines on its website. It’s now the operating system running on newly sold Macs including the new Mac Pro, a redesigned desktop computer Apple says will be available in December.
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