OS X Mavericks

tenth major release of OS X

OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" is an operating system made by Apple Inc. for its Macintosh line of computers. It is a version of OS X, and carries the release number 10.9. It was released on October 22, 2013.[1] According to Apple, "Mavericks" contains over 200 changes and improvements since OS X Mountain Lion.[2]

OS X v10.9 Mavericks
DeveloperApple Inc.
OS familyOS X
Source modelClosed source (with open source components)
Released to
October 22, 2013
Latest release10.9.5 / February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25)
Update methodMac App Store
Kernel typeHybrid
LicenseAPSL, BSD, GPL v2, and Apple EULA and NDA
Preceded byOS X v10.8 Mountain Lion
Succeeded byOS X v10.10 Yosemite
Official websiteOfficial website
Support status

OS X Mavericks was the first OS X major release to be a free upgrade since Mac OS X 10.1 "Puma".[3][4]

Notable New Features

  • iBooks - allows you to buy and read books on your Mac.
  • Maps - browse and search places using Apple's Maps service.
  • iCloud Keychain - stores your passwords and credit cards in iCloud and fills them in for you when needed on any of your Apple products. "Keychain" can also suggest passwords for you to use when creating new online accounts.
  • Multiple Displays - makes your Mac easier to use if you have more than one computer screen.
  • App Nap - stops apps that aren't being used from slowing down your computer.

Updated features

  • Calendar - looks more modern and works well with Maps.
  • Safari - updated the "Top Sites" screen and shows you links people have shared with you on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Notification Center - now allows you to send messages from Notification Center without opening Messages, and also shows you notifications you may have missed on your lock screen.
  • Finder - lets you open tabs in Finder, and tag files with keywords so you can search your files more easily.


  1. Hutchinson, Lee (22 October 2013). "OS X Mavericks comes out today—and it's free". Ars Technica.
  2. "Apple Releases Developer Preview of OS X Mavericks With More Than 200 New Features".
  3. "Apple WWDC 2013 Keynote". Archived from the original on 2014-02-18.
  4. "Apple Releases Developer Preview of OS X Mavericks With More Than 200 New Features" (Press release). Apple. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013.