Masbad: Mavericks-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
IT'S out. It's free. It's Apple's brand spanking new operating system - OS X Mavericks.
It was publicly announced and released back in October 22 during Apple's special event. If you want to rewind back to that day and watch the entire presentation, the link is: http://www.apple.com/apple-events/october-2013/.
And so along with the announcement that it was made available for everyone that same day, they also announced that it was a FREE upgrade for everyone. And when it's everyone, they meant it too. Even if you're on Snow Leopard, you can get in on the action by upgrading. Hardware compatibility went even as back as 2007 Macbook Pro laptop models. That's how inclusive they wanted to be because they want everybody to enjoy Mavericks. You can check out the list here: http://www.apple.com/osx/specs/.
So, yeah, I did mention that it was for free. Why? I honestly don't have a clue. Mountain Lion was a USD$19.99 upgrade if I remember it right. It was a good thing that I held up my own OS X upgrade until Mavericks was released. Not that I was going to expect that it was going to be for free. My hesitation was more of a wait-and-see attitude. I wanted to wait first if there were really significant upgrades from Mountain Lion to Mavericks; and whether the price would be justifiable. Honestly, I was expecting I'd pay for the Mavericks upgrade. Good thing they made it a free upgrade.
So how is Mavericks performing so far? Pretty good actually.
There was only one glitch that I encountered about a few days back. While I was switching from one app to another (and I had about 6 apps running), my laptop froze for a few seconds and then restarted on its own. Some of my friends who upgraded with me complained of a slowdown in their Macbook Pro's performance. I, however, advised them to upgrade their RAM capacity to the maximum that their laptop will allow them. As for me, that's 8GB worth of Random Access Memory. Five days of being on Mavericks has been smooth for me using only 8GB or RAM.
A friend of mine mentioned to me that the mere upgrade to Mavericks should net me better battery life. That got me piqued. Just so you know, my laptop's batter is about 2.5 years old and the system has been telling me to replace my battery soon.
I don't know how much Mavericks can help me with that so I did an informal, non-technical test on battery life after I completed the upgrade. How did it perform, you ask? Here's the timeline.
> 7:36 p.m., battery at 100%, went to standby, laptop closed
> opened laptop at 1:08 a.m., battery at 87%
> used my laptop as I normally would: internet in background, watched videos using headphones on full screen
> 1:55 a.m., battery at 44%; after about 40 minutes of watching video
> 2:30 a.m., battery at 9%, low power notification alerted me to this.
Judging from that timeline (of sorts), that's about 7 hours of batter life for me. I still have to check how long my laptop goes if I use it continuously on battery.
The Mavericks Look
No, you can't expect Maverick or Goose to pop out of nowhere here. In any case, the OS, as far as I've seen, doesn't have that flat look like iOS 7. I could be wrong though. I did notice additional options in the Desktop & Screen Saver options window.
I liked the Sliding Panels option the most. It just wakes up the geek in me when it comes on.
As far as apps are concerned, there are a number of new ones to look out for within Mavericks.
Well, okay, not a lot are new. You do get iBooks. You also get iCloudKeyChain and Maps.
The iCal is no longer that. It's now called Calendar. Duh! And it looks oh-so-much nicer now. Bigger boxes for each date when you're in the Month view. I like it that way. It reminds me of those desktop calendars I used to see on my dad's desk at the bank. You know, those big desktop calendars. Literally desktop calendars.
You will also get the Notifications Center that reminiscent of iOS 7. It's a nifty addition if you ask me. The notifications are not much of a bother when you're doing your work. It's just there to, well, notify. And it just disappears without you getting distracted. And if you do need to go through all the missed notifications, you can just click on that right-most icon; just beside the Finder magnifying glass and you'll get your Notification Center.
How's Mavericks so far? It's all good. I have not qualms about it. Not yet. Hopefully none.
Well, maybe there's one. I need to have a new Macbook Pro running Mavericks and from there really put this new OS through its paces.
In the meantime, I want to install Logic Pro X on this one and see if that DAW does run.