Upgrade to OS X Mavericks for free, from Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion

At Apple’s “Special Event” early this morning, it was announced that OS X Mavericks (OS X 10.9) would be a free upgrade for users of OS X Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6), Lion (OS X 10.7) and Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).

After the quick demo of Mavericks (22:00 on the video), Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said,

“…what’s most important to us, is seeing the software in the hands of as many mac users as possible. … Today’s we’re gonna revolutionise pricing.

Coz’ the day of spending hundreds of dollars to get the most out of your computer are gone. Today, we announce a new era for the mac, because today we’re announcing that Mavericks if Free.”

That’s great! Just head over to www.apple.com/osx.

Am I ready? My Mac has enough free space, it’s OS is updated (OS X 10.8.5), my hard drive is backed up so I’m good to go!

We can all encourage friends to get compatible for free!

Updates OS X Mavericks

Now, for those of us who prefer a clean install, Lifehacker has instructions for creating a USB Installation Drive .

I was planning to upgrade a lab full of iMacs and this might just be the way to do that easily.

Getting to know a new OS well will take some effort. See the reviews from Engadget, iMore and a more technical once from Ars Technica.

I’m sorry we lost the cat names though. That has been a wild ride – Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion. Which were your favourites?


It took about 30 mins.

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One thought on “Upgrade to OS X Mavericks for free, from Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion

  1. It is good that Apple is now offering four iterations of Mac OS X, free of charge. This will be the incentive for Mac users to stay current, hardware permitting. Apple’s move puts more pressure on that other, but larger, software company to compete.

    Those not comfortable using Terminal to create a USB installer, can follow this tutorial instead. http://j.mp/1gDqZMt

    Apple is putting the kibosh on do-it-yourself installers by hiding certain software components from users.

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