On Tuesday, October 22nd Apple released its latest operating system – OSX 10.9 Mavericks.
You can upgrade at home or take your Mac and upgrade at your local Apple Store.
Here’s why you should upgrade and how you can do it safely.
- If you stay with an older OS, you’ll eventually run into compatibility problems with software, plugins, and other Apple devices.
- If you’re running Snow Leopard, you can skip Lion and Mountain Lion, and upgrade direct to Mavericks.
- Mavericks has over 200 new features – Check out Apples breakdown – What’s New in OSX Mavericks or try out this cool interactive Apple tour.
Did I mention it’s free.
Can You Upgrade To Mavericks?
Can Your Mac Handle Mavericks:
Mavericks will run on the following machines:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
Your Mac will need 2GB of RAM. I would recommend at least 4GB.
Your Mac will need at least 8GB of available hard drive or SSD space.
Here’s Apple’s Tech Spec Sheet – OSX 10.9 Mavericks Tech Spec Sheet.
If you are unsure of your Mac’s compatability, call me at 310-621-5679 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is Your Current OSX Compatible With An Upgrade.
You must be running Snow Leopard 10.6.8, Lion 10.7.5 or Mountain Lion 10.8.5
How To Safely Upgrade to Mavericks
If you are running OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard, Are You Using Any Power PC Software?
Mavericks no longer supports software written for the Power PC.
You can check to see if you are running any Power PC applications by following the instructions in this blog post.
It is critical to check this as it may impact software you rely on.
Run Apple’s Software Update
Go to the black Apple in the top left-hand corner and run Software Update…
Install all Apple updates.
Update All Other Applications
Third party applications may need to be updated or they will stop functioning under Mavericks.
Make sure you update Final Draft to the latest version before upgrading.
Make A Backup?
The final step before you upgrade is to make sure you have a current backup.
A Time Machine backup is perfect or a hard drive clone made using Superduper.
Once you meet the above requirements, you should be good to go.
If you need help, you can contact No Problem Mac at 310-621-5679.
The Upgrade Process
Before you start:
- Make sure your Mac is plugged into a power source.
- If possible, connect your Mac to the internet via an ethernet cable. You can use Wi-Fi if this is the only option.
You can download Mavericks from here – Mac App Store Mavericks Preview
After the software downloads, your Mac will restart and the install will start.
On average expect the process to take anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes.
Have a great weekend.
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