By now most of you have read Siracusa’s Mavericks review and probably a few others of the major ones. It’s interesting that while there really aren’t many “gee whiz” features this is by far my most favorite update since 10.4.1 Unlike many past updates, especially Snow Leopard or Lion, there were few application incompatibilities. It also feels much faster, although that’s something that Apple’s surprisingly managed in most of the recent OS updates.2 If you have a laptop the improvements are so great you should be rushing to update.
Rather than say much more than that I’ll probably pick just a few areas that have changed and discuss those over the next few days. I’ve been running Mavericks on my main machine since mid-August. While the betas before then were very rough, they’ve improved tremendously. I can honestly say that 10.9 is much more stable than iOS7 was when it was released.
- While it was 10.2 that first made OSX usable and 10.3 that first made it truly enjoyable I think it was 10.4 Tiger that really made OSX solidly better than all the competition. Most importantly it was with 10.4 that graphics performance became acceptable on mainstream equipment. Tiger introduced many features we take for granted such as Spotlight, smart mailboxes, Automator, a lot of improved unix features and more. Printing also became acceptable really in Tiger. This was when Core Image and Core Data were first introduced for developers as well. Best of all pinstripes and brushed metal were finally removed. ↩
- Which still honestly floors me. Speed is not something you usually see with OS updates. You rarely see it with iOS updates for instance. ↩