News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / Apple/Mac / Apple Releases Mavericks OS
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
OS X Mavericks Here with a Few New Features
OS X Mavericks Here with a Few New Features
By Barry Levine / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
OCTOBER
23
2013



Apple's updated operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, was released Monday at a new price: free. What's new in this version -- aside from no more big cat names like Mountain Lion -- and does this point to the era of free OSes?

Apple is now emphasizing its Californian roots; Mavericks is a surfer's site, and the default image associated with this OS is a giant wave. Mavericks can run on any Mac computer that can run Version 10.8 Mountain Lion, although the machine needs to have at least OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

Consistent with Apple's trend of adding mobile features to its desktop OS, Mavericks now offers updated versions of the Maps app and iBooks app that have been on the iPhone and iPad. Reportedly, many of the problems that so plagued the first release of Maps have been worked out. There's also a tighter integration between Maps and other Mac apps, such as with addresses in Contacts or Calendar.

'Decent Update'

There's new power management, which Apple says can reduce CPU usage by 72 percent and improve battery life on laptops, and there's enhanced security for apps and browser plug-ins. A new Tags feature allows users to organize files in a way that is consistent across Macs or iOS devices. Software updates can optionally run in background, with only a notification button that needs to be clicked to allow installation.

Some reviewers are reporting enhanced performance once Mavericks is installed, even when running full-sized applications, as well as more free disk space and more available memory.

Roger Kay, an analyst with industry research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates, described Mavericks as "a decent update, but not as big a leap as the leap to version 6 was." He added that some Apple-watchers have expressed displeasure over the tweaked graphics and thinnish system font, although he thought they were "fine."

'Exclusively Desktop OS'

The free price has been taken by many as a jab at Microsoft, which, as a primarily software-focused company, still charges for its major OS upgrades.

Apple's decision to give Mavericks away reinforces its position as a company that primarily sells hardware, at least in its computer business. Kay noted that, in addition to Microsoft, there's also a third major computer OS player, Google, whose Chrome OS is free, so the pressure on Microsoft is coming from two directions.

Current Analysis' Avi Greengart pointed out to us that "Apple is continuing to invest in its desktop OS as an exclusively desktop OS," as compared with Microsoft's approach with Windows 8.

He also noted that one common-in-mobile function he'd like to see adopted on Macs is a capability to "use touchscreen input" as an option. After all, he said, it was Apple itself that first taught us that "the most natural way to change the size of a photo" is through hand gestures on the screen.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

MacUser:

Posted: 2013-10-23 @ 12:15pm PT
This is really a joke. A silly gimmick. I installed Mavericks and found out why it's being handed out at no charge - Because it's not really a new OS.

Instead, it's just a very slight incremental upgrade (if you can call it an upgrade at all) to the old Mac OS.

No one in their right mind would pay a cent for something so... insignificant.

Releasing tiny changes and marketing them as groundbreaking is something that Apple is guilty of, as of late. That's because they've pretty much run out of fresh ideas, like when Steve Jobs was alive.

So don't believe the hype...

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.
MORE IN APPLE/MAC
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Russian Gang with Stolen IDs Hacks Hosting Company
In August, a Russian cyber gang obtained what researchers called “the largest cache of stolen data." Now, those hackers may be putting their ill-gotten gains to criminal use.
 
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's New FX Series CPU Breaks Processing Speed Record
The new FX-8370 processor from Advanced Micro Devices has set a record for silicon processor speed, the company announced. Overclocked, the eight-core chip was measured at 8722.78 MHz.
 
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Rumor Mill Puts Mobile Wallet in iPhone 6
Apple is moving toward the mobile wallet world with its next iPhone. The tech giant has partnered with retailers, banks and major payment networks to make it happen, according to Bloomberg.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 
Visual Search To Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.