OS X Mavericks

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OS X 10.9 Mavericks
A version of the OS X operating system
OS X Mavericks Desktop.png
The default OS X Mavericks Desktop
Developer Apple Inc.
Source model Closed source (with open source components)
Released to
October 22, 2013; 2 years ago (2013-10-22)
Latest release 10.9.5 (Build 13F1603) / January 19, 2016; 23 days ago (2016-01-19)[1]
Update method Mac App Store
Platforms x86-64
Kernel type Hybrid (XNU)
License APSL, BSD, GPL v2, and Apple EULA and NDA
Preceded by OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Succeeded by OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Official website OS X Mavericks at the Wayback Machine (archived October 15, 2014)
Support status
Security updates and printer drivers only

OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) is the tenth major release of OS X, Apple Inc.'s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers. OS X Mavericks was announced on June 10, 2013, at WWDC 2013, and was released on October 22, 2013, as a free upgrade through the Mac App Store worldwide.[2][3]

The update emphasized battery life, Finder improvements, other improvements for power users, and continued iCloud integration, as well as bringing more of Apple's iOS apps to OS X. Mavericks, which was named for the surfing location in California, was the first in the series of OS X releases named for places in Apple's home state; earlier releases used the names of big cats.[2][4]


Apple announced OS X Mavericks on June 10, 2013, during the company's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote (which also introduced iOS 7, a revised MacBook Air, the sixth-generation AirPort Extreme, the fifth-generation AirPort Time Capsule, and a redesigned Mac Pro). During a keynote on October 22, 2013, Apple announced that the official release of 10.9 on the Mac App Store would be available immediately, and that unlike previous versions of OS X, 10.9 would be available at no charge to all users running Snow Leopard (10.6.8) or later.[5]

On October 22, 2013, Apple offered free upgrades for life on its operating system and business software.[6]

System requirements[edit]

OS X Mavericks can run on any Mac that can run OS X Mountain Lion; as with Mountain Lion, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of available storage, and OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later are required. Mavericks and later versions are all available for free.

The full list of compatible models:[7]

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch Polycarbonate, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch or 17-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)


Here are some features that differ from previous releases of OS X:

  • Improved multiple display support: The menu bar and the Dock are available on each display; Apple TV can be used as an external display.[8]
  • Mission Control has been updated to organize and switch between Desktop workspaces independently between multiple displays.[8]
  • Finder enhancements, including tabs,[8] fullscreen support, and document tags.[8] Pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-navigate-history gestures have been removed, although both are supported anywhere else.
  • New iBooks application.[8]
  • New Maps application.[8][9]
  • Calendar enhancements.[8]
  • Safari browser enhancements.[8]
  • iCloud Keychain sync.[8]
  • Notification Center enhancements.[8]
  • Some skeuomorphs, such as the leather texture in Calendar, the legal pad theme of Notes, and the book-like appearance of Contacts, have been removed from the UI.[10][11]
  • Timer coalescing, which enhances energy efficiency by reducing CPU usage by up to 72 percent.[12][13]
  • App Nap, which sleeps apps that are not currently visible.[12][13]
  • Compressed Memory, a virtual memory compression system which automatically compresses data from inactive apps when approaching maximum memory capacity.[12][13][14]
  • Server Message Block version 2 (SMB2) is now the default protocol for sharing files.[13]
  • LinkedIn sharing integration.[15]
  • OpenGL 4.1 Core Profile.[16]
  • OpenCL 1.2.[17]
  • USB syncing of calendar, contacts and other information to iOS devices has been removed, instead requiring the use of iCloud.[18][19]
  • Some system alerts, such as low battery and removal of drives without ejecting, have been moved to Notification Center.[citation needed]
  • The Open Transport API has been removed.[20]
  • Quicktime 10 does not support many older video codecs and converts them to the ProRes format when opened. Older video codecs cannot be viewed in Quick Look.[21]
  • Improved Privacy: Safari now supports browsing in private browsing mode with certain windows (as opposed to all the windows having to be either in or out of private browsing).[citation needed]
  • The "traffic light" close, minimize, and maximize window buttons have appeared somewhat brighter.


OS X Mavericks has received a mixture of positive and negative reviews on the Mac App Store but Macintosh owners have welcomed[citation needed] its availability free of charge. A purchaser of a new Macintosh with Mavericks installed receives Apple's iWork productivity suite for free as well.[22]

One complaint is that Apple removed the local sync services, which forces users to get iCloud to sync iOS devices with the desktop OS.[18][19] However, this feature has since returned in the 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.2 updates.


Discontinued Security updates only
Version Build Date OS name Notes Standalone download
10.9 13A603 (GM2) October 22, 2013 Darwin 13.0 Original Mac App Store release N/A
10.9.1 13B42 December 16, 2013 About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.1 Update OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Individual update
10.9.2 13C64 February 25, 2014 Darwin 13.1 About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 Update OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Individual update
OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Combo update
10.9.3 13D65 May 15, 2014 Darwin 13.2 About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.3 Update OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Individual update
OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Combo update
10.9.4 13E28 June 30, 2014 Darwin 13.3 About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.4 Update OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Individual update
OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Combo update
10.9.5 13F34 September 17, 2014 Darwin 13.4 About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 Update OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Individual update
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Combo update
October 16, 2014 Security Update 2014-005 Mavericks
January 27, 2015 Security Update 2015-001 Mavericks
13F1066 March 9, 2015 Security Update 2015-002 Mavericks
13F1077 April 8, 2015 Security Update 2015-004 Mavericks
13F1096 June 30, 2015 Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks
13F1112 August 13, 2015 Security Update 2015-006 Mavericks
13F1134 October 21, 2015 Security Update 2015-007 Mavericks
13F1507 December 8, 2015 Security Update 2015-008 Mavericks
13F1603 January 19, 2016 Security Update 2016-001 Mavericks

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the security content of OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 and Security Update 2016-001". Apple Support. January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Apple WWDC 2013 Keynote". 
  3. ^ "Apple Releases Developer Preview of OS X Mavericks With More Than 200 New Features" (Press release). Apple. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ha, Anthony (June 10, 2013). "Apple Has A New, California-Based Naming Scheme For OS X, Starting With OS X Mavericks". Techcrunch. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ "OS X Mavericks will be available today as a free download". The Verge. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Apple unveils iPad Air, new Macs for holidays". Reuters. October 22, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ https://support.apple.com/HT201364
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "OS X Mavericks – Do even more with new apps and new features". Apple. June 10, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Maps, iBooks, iCloud Keychain coming to OS X Mavericks". AppleInsider. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ Pierce, David (June 25, 2013). "OS X 10.9 Mavericks preview: faster, smarter, and leather-free". The Verge. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  11. ^ Brownlee, John (June 11, 2013). "OS X Mavericks: Here’s What’s New". Cult of Mac. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "OS X Mavericks – Advanced Technologies". Apple. June 10, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d "OS X Mavericks: Core Technologies Overview" (PDF). Apple. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ Dilger, Daniel Eran (June 12, 2013). "Compressed Memory in OS X 10.9 Mavericks aims to free RAM, extend battery life". AppleInsider. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ Zibreg, Christian (June 10, 2013). "OS X Mavericks has native LinkedIn sharing, but what about iOS 7?". iDownload blog. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ "New in OS X Mavericks: OpenGL 4.1 brings increased performance, more features". Mac Daily News. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  17. ^ "OpenCL for OS X". Apple. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "iTunes 11 for Mac: Sync contacts, calendars, and other info with iPod, iPhone, or iPad". Apple. September 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "About SyncServices". Apple. January 1, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  20. ^ "A eulogy for the Mac's Open Transport API". ZDnet. November 13, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Why Mavericks' movies may not preview properly". MacWorld. October 28, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Apple Introduces Next Generation iWork and iLife Apps for OS X and iOS". October 22, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 

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Preceded by
OS X 10.8
OS X 10.9
Succeeded by
OS X 10.10