OS X 10.9 Mavericks - Everything you need to know!

Apple presented the Mac operating system OS X 2013 Mavericks at the World Wide Developers Conference 10.9. It is the first to be named after a place in the US state of California instead of a big cat. In addition to the new name, there were also a few important innovations in the interface, in the possible uses, in the connectivity with other devices and in the efficiency of the individual processes. There were major app changes, e.g. Am Finder, Calendar and Mail. The last update came out in September 2014, making Mavericks a fairly short-lived system.

What's new in OS X 10.9 Mavericks?

Some innovations and improvements were introduced in the 2013 Apple Mac operating system. Finder tabs were the first to be demonstrated at WWDC13. With these, it is no longer necessary to use multiple Finder windows to search through Mac content. The different storage locations can be collected in one window and with individual display settings. This still works in today macOS 13 Adventure. Furthermore, tagging was introduced for the first time for sorting content, i.e. assigning keywords when saving files. For the use of several displays, a more comfortable use was developed (menu bars on all displays, move the dock, etc.).

The use of two full-screen programs on one display each was presented as a major innovation. In addition, moving windows and content between the individual screens, also and above all between the two full-screen applications, was shown as a major innovation. The television to which an Apple TV is connected was named as an additional screen. Since OS X 10.9 Mavericks, it has been possible to send screen content from the Mac to the Apple TV via a wireless connection, thus expanding the view. Since 2013, Apple computers have offered the option of an extensive Multi monitor setup easy to use and to process large projects clearly.

A lot has also been renewed under the hood. Appropriate adjustments were made and new functions implemented for lower energy consumption and better performance. In particular, this should accommodate users who use OS X 10.9 Mavericks on their MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro on the go. Less power consumption in non-active usage times, app nap, video scaling, OpenGL 4, compressed memory and more were introduced as new solutions for more efficient and longer laptop use. The CPU load should be reduced by up to 72% by bundling performance peaks and switching between sleep and high-performance modes less frequently.

Technical adjustments have also been introduced for Safari use from OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Improved JavaScript, better power management and similar measures made Safari faster and more efficient than the competition. There was also the iCloud keychain as an innovation, i.e. saving passwords, address and payment information in the cloud and synchronized distribution to all Apple devices used with the same Apple ID. Password suggestions have also been introduced for this purpose, so that you can use a unique and secure password everywhere. Notifications have also been overhauled and expanded to include push notifications from iOS apps. Apps that have been revised and redesigned are e.g. B. Calendars, Maps and Books / iBooks. 

More information about OS X 10.9 Mavericks for the Apple Mac:

These Mac models are compatible with OS X Mavericks

Upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks requires an Apple Mac with at least 8 GB of free disk space, at least 2 GB of RAM and OS X 10.6.8 or later than the previously installed system. Then the list of compatible Mac models depends on the features to be used. In general, the operating system runs on Apple computers from these years:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • Xserve (early 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

For the use of AirDrop between two Macs these models were listed:

  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)
  • iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac mini (mid 2010 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme Card or Mid 2010)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

The devices had to be even more modern if they were to connect to an Apple TV or use Power Nap. This was only possible with models from 2011, 2012 or the latest from 2013. You can find a complete overview of the compatibilities and the minimum requirements for the other devices for cross-platform functions in the official data sheet, which Apple still lists for OS X Mavericks today.

Download OS X Mavericks and create a boot stick

Strangely enough, OS X 10.9 is exactly the version of the Mac operating system that you can no longer get from official sources. I couldn't download it from the App Store. Furthermore, it will not be in this download overview listed by Apple, although all other systems from OS X 10.7 Lion to macOS 13 Ventura are available there. So I can't offer you a download source for Mavericks at this point, because I don't link unchecked third-party providers. You can find them in abundance if you use a search engine, but who can say that you don't download nonsense there?

Buy Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks Boot Stick

But if you absolutely need a way to install OS X 10.9 on a Mac, you can order a ready-made USB boot stick for it. One of these is currently available from Amazon for 16,99 euros, and even with Prime shipping. Here you come to the offer including the detailed product description and the reviews.

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Download OS X Mavericks Wallpaper - Desktop Background in 5K and 6K

In addition to the numbers and names, Apple's Mac operating systems are always recognizable from a certain version by a unique background image. The OS X Mavericks desktop wallpaper shows a wave because Mavericks is a Northern California surfing spot. So the wave not only represents a well-known place in the US state of California, but also the sport of surfing. High waves, often with clear blue-turquoise water, are a landmark immortalized with OS X 10.9. If you want to use the high-resolution Mavericks wallpaper on a new Mac or on a PC, it's very easy.

At 512pixels you will find all standard backgrounds from Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah and 10.1 Puma. However, these aren't pixelated screenshots from old computers, they're 5K and 6K versions that look great even on the latest high-resolution displays. Up to High Sierra there is only one image each, from Mojave onwards there is one image for the light mode and one for the dark mode. Away macOS 11 BigSur there are four images, since the transition to the new systems with photos and digitally designed graphics was heralded there. You can find the Mac wallpaper collection by 512pixels with this link.

OS X Mavericks manuals and guides

Unfortunately, we don't have that many instructions, guides and help for older systems in stock here in the blog. For more modern Mac systems, however, you will find a whole lot of troubleshooting, tips and tricks. If you want to find out everything about retro systems and try them out down to the smallest detail, then Amazon, for example, has the right offers. A few manuals are still available.

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