OS X Mavericks Released

23 October 2013

Apple:

Apple today announced that OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available for free from the Mac App Store. With more than 200 new features, OS X Mavericks brings iBooks® and Maps to the Mac, includes a new version of Safari, enhances multi-display support, introduces Finder Tabs and Tags and delivers new core technologies for breakthrough power efficiency and performance.

I hadn’t run the beta builds of Mavericks, so I was a bit affronted when I installed it last night to find that it would change my wallpaper without my will. Aside from that, there is little to complain about.

A lot of the new stuff isn’t user-facing. Everything has been retouched, nothing (except for the power efficiency changes, perhaps) is dramatically innovative1. This doesn’t bother me, but I can imagine people would have irrationally felt ripped off if Apple had charged for it.

1 For instance, Mavericks uses a slightly tweaked version of Lucida Grande for the system font. The difference is minor but it is noticeable to me on a Retina MacBook Pro. The best way to describe the change is that the strokes feel slightly crisper.