Apple Releases Gold Master of OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Update ’em if you got it! Apple has released the GM version of OS X 10.9, codenamed Mavericks to its Developers.

At the last major Apple announcement earlier this summer, information regarding Apple’s next desktop OS release was announced. Recently, Apple announced the GM availability of their latest desktop OS, code named Mavericks, on Friday 2013-10-04.

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Mavericks is largely a maintenance release. It has a number of back end changes that improve performance. It also has some interesting user enhancements like FaceTime Audio Calling, FaceTime AutoAnswer (FT does not have to be running), multiple monitor support, tabs in Finder and a new, redesigned Calendar, among other enhancements.

I’ve got the new OS installed on my MacBook Pro; and odds are, that if you have a Mac running Mountain Lion, you’re going to be able to run Mavericks without an issue.

Stay tuned to Soft32, as I plan on having an extensive write-up on the new features in Mavericks in the next week or so. Mavericks is due to hit the streets before the end of October 2013.

 

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Mountain Lion Release Predicted

The release date for Apple’s new flagship, desktop operating system has been set…well sort of.

If Apple sticks to its previous behavior, I know exactly when OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be released – 25, July 2012.

Apple’s Q3 2012 earnings call is set for 24-Jul-12, and the company is doing rather well. WWDC unveiled a new MacBook Pro with Retina Display and a refresh of the remaining notebook line.  It also introduced a new version of their mobile operating system – iOS 6, set to be released with their latest iPhone, currently anticipated to be released some time in, it’s expected, mid October 2012.

Last year, however, Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, was able to announce that OS X 10.7 Lion, would be available for purchase and download in Apples Mac App Store.  If Apple holds true to previous behavior, then I expect Mountain Lion to be released the following day, 25-Jul-12 for the advertised $19.99 USD.

If this is the case, I hope Apple’s got the bandwidth and server space set aside to handle the traffic. If I remember right, I had to wait about a week or so before I was able to get my copy of Lion due to server collisions and contention. Downloading the OS is great, but I’m not looking forward to having to wait and wait to get the OS upgrade, and I’m certain I’m not alone. I’m hoping that new data centers and other Apple infrastructure will help make the Mountain Lion release process smooth and easy for all.

Please look for a final review of Apple’s Mountain Lion here on Soft32 in the beginning of August 2012.

Apple stock (AAPL) was trending up over 18 points for the week at the time of this writing, at 604.72, up 18.41.

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OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4

There’s a lot of iOS based improvement going into Apple’s newest Operating System, OS X 10.8, code named, Mountain Lion. Let’s take a look at how it and iOS are converging.

Soft32 covered the recent release of Apple’s Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3 earlier this month (Review). Shortly after the review was completed, Apple released Developer Preview 4. What you’ll see here is the analysis that we’ve been able to do on the changes between the two prerelease states of the latest Mac operating system.

Since the release of Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4, Apple has also released an update to it, via its new update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Here, we’re going to look at the changes between Dev Preview 3 and Dev Preview 4, as well as the changes that Apple released in Dev Preview 4 Update.

Hardware and Software Requirements
Mountain Lion won’t run on every Mac. You’re going to need to have one of the following supported models in order to run Mountain Lion.

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

If you’re upgrading a supported Mac, you’re also going to need to be running a minimum of Snow Leopard 10.6.8. In some cases, you may need to purchase a Snow Leopard upgrade for $29.99, if you don’t already have it, before you upgrade to Mountain Lion at $19.99. Users running Leopard and have a MobileMe account need to upgrade to Snow Leopard in order to move to iCloud. Those users can get a Snow Leopard DVD for free, saving you the original $30 bucks.

Mac App Store
Apple is doing away with Software Update and relying on the Mac App Store to present appropriate OS updates to end users in Mountain Lion. Apple recently tested this new update process by offering a number of Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4 updates through the Mac App Store. Like in Software Update, you can choose which components to install and which ones to ignore. Its not an all or nothing deal. The components also come with release notes that allow you to click on them to display all of the notes for that specific update.

Reminders
iOS 6 is due to be released in the Fall with iPhone 5, or whatever they end up calling the new Apple smartphone. One of the big updates to Reminders in iOS 6 is Geofencing, or the ability to trigger system events after you cross a geographical location.

In Mountain Lion, Reminders allows you to create a task or to-do list, to set the date and time you want the reminders to go off. You get the the ability to push them to all of your iDevices. Having Reminders on your Mac also means you get the ability to search through and view them on your calendar.

The one feature that Reminders doesn’t do on your Mac is provide full geofencing support. Laptops don’t have built in GPS receivers, so reminders on the desktop aren’t triggered via a geofence line.

iCloud Integration
Mountain Lion is more complete in Developer Preview 4. The big change comes at the start of the OS, where you’re asked to provide your AppleID and password for the iCloud Preference pane so it can log you in and/or create your iCloud account.

Conclusion
Mountain Lion is not a revolution set of changes for desktop Mac users. Like its iOS mobile operating system, Apple is content to introduce carefully engineered and designed evolutionary change. This is a repeat of the same behavior Apple introduced with its Leopard to Snow Leopard based upgrade path. They didn’t introduce any further radical changes until they changed “cat families” with the introduction of Lion in July of 2011. However, this wasn’t too radical of a change, either.

While this desktop evolution doesn’t provide for huge innovative strides, it does insure that the current user base is smoothly able to nurture and navigate their usage habits through the changes Apple has made. As such, Apple maintains their, “it just works,” user perception. As they are making a push for the enterprise, this is a huge gain.

In contrast, Microsoft’s upgrade to Windows Vista from Windows XP in 2007 created a huge amount of panic in the enterprise, as users couldn’t understand the logic or reasoning behind the UI changes. With Mountain Lion, those users migrating from Lion won’t have too much trouble making the switch.

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