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The dust of the iOS 7 launch has finally settled and it is the turn of the Mac users who had a long wait and finally there is good news, the Mavericks OS X is expected to be released by the end of this year.
The latest version of the operating system for Mac was unveiled at Apple’s WWDC event in June. There has been 8 Developer Previews of OS X Mavericks which Apple has released for developers.
The 8th Developer Preview of the OS X Mavericks was released three days back while the 7th Developer Preview was released about two weeks back. Registered developers can get the preview by downloading via the Mac App Store.
The latest OS X will be featuring a better Map application, a tabbed finder, iBooks, a completely redesigned calendar, enhanced Safari, iCloud Keychain, multiple displays and much more. The Gold or the final version of the Mavericks OS X will be released in October end.
Is the new OS X free? Well the iOS 7 upgrades are being offered free but the OS X Mavericks will not be free. Apple had charged $19.99 for its Mountain Lion OS X which was released on July 25, 2012. The year before that, Apple had charged $29.99 for its upgrade to OS X Lion. It is likely that Apple will be charging for its latest upgrades also.
Arch rival Windows will be offering the Windows 8 users the Windows 8.1 upgrade free this year. So who knows Apple will also follow suit by offering the Mavericks OS X free. The new OS will also bring refurbished versions of Macbook Pros, Macbook Pro with Retina Display, and iMacs. The upgrades were all over due.
Apple will probably host a media event to launch its fifth generation iPad as well as the iPad Mini 2 in October. The Media event can be used by the Cupertino giant to showcase the upgraded Macs with the Intel’s all-new Haswell processor and running on the latest Mavericks OS X.
The Macbook Pro needs a refurbishment and this is long overdue. It is possible that Apple will be releasing its upgraded Haswell-packed Pro in the festive months when the consumer buying sentiments will be at their highest.