OS X Mavericks (Features, MacBook)

Apple is fast-tracking OS X Mavericks, a tenth major update to its desktop operating system for Macs. Four days ago, the software reached a Golden Master status indicating it’s now reached the stage where it’s good enough to be distributed and installed on everyday computers. The company has also reshuffled its software teams to focus on its next major releases, iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 code-named Syrah after a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine…

According to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, nightly builds of Syrah have become available for installation by Apple employees for internal testing in early September. The current Syrah builds are reportedly nearly identical to the Golden Master version of OS X Mavericks, indicating that development has not picked up full steam yet.

Emphasizing the fact that OS X 10.10 is still very early in development is its current build number. We’re told that OS X 10.10 has seen approximately 30 seeds so far in development. For comparison, the first OS X Mavericks Developer Preview was build 476, while the first OS X Mountain Lion and Lion Previews were build numbers in the 100s range and 400s range, respectively.

OS X Syrah is understood to put greater emphasis on a user interface redesign to resemble the revamped iOS 7 look and feel. If history is an indication, OS X 10.10 should be released some time in 2014, probably a year from today.


Gurman in another report quoted sources who described Syrah “akin, but not as dramatically different, to the new designs found in iOS 7 and iCloud.com”. Development of iOS 8 is also reportedly making headway. Not much is known about iOS 8 except perhaps some notable feature enhancements to Maps, such as the car-finding feature.

As for OS X Mavericks, Apple recently began training its AppleCare support employees on the intricacies of the software. This typically suggests an impending public release and we heard OS X Mavericks will arrive in late-October, possibly alongside new Haswell-powered MacBooks and iPads.

Mavericks should be distributed through the Mac App Store and will likely cost under twenty bucks. More should be known on October 28, when Apple is scheduled to hold its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter earnings call and update investors on Mavericks progress.

In addition to the publicly advertised features, Mavericks is said to bring FaceTime/Messages contact blocking and iCloud Keychain syncing, the latter inexplicably pulled from iOS 7 Gold Master build.

Finally, a month ago Apple also unleashed a major update to OS X Mountain Lion with fixes for Mail, Wi-Fi, screen saver and more.

So, who’s looking forward to Syrah and Jony Ive-fication of OS X?

  • Jonathan

    That was fast.

  • on3simpleclick

    Apple are going to have to really step up their game. iOS7 was nothing short of a disappointing re-skin..

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      As an Apple fanboy I reluctantly agree with your comment. iOS 7 is buggy on my iPad and I chose to downgrade my 4S while I could. The redesign is nice but the best features of iOS 7 are only for newer devices (perhaps due to hardware limitations?) or despite being shown off non-existent e.g controller support (it’s there but there aren’t any controllers) and iOS in the car (it was shown off but doesn’t exist yet).

    • Stephen Michael Simon

      So sick of hearing the same old crap from people. iOS 7 is miles ahead of anything out there and is very impressive. Yes, there are still some flaws to be worked out but it runs so much better than any other iOS. People can keep bashing it all they want but the new jailbreak tweaks will be stunning with the iOS 7 redesign.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        ah ha, so you still need to depend on jailbreak tweaks to make your ‘iOS 7 feel right’. Why can’t they produce an iOS 7 so good and integrate good but important features without the need for people needing to time and again jailbreak.

      • Kurt

        I really like iOS 7, but it runs well because it lacks features. Miles ahead of other OSes? Was that a joke? Where is the button to kill all running apps? Where is the ability to see two running apps side by side and be able to resize the apps as you can with the Note series and WinRT. I can live without many features, sure no problem. But I can admit iOS is not the best there is. It runs really well, so does WP8, which is another OS that lacks features. There’s no reason we can’t get more features and better specs to run those new features. We have devices that run on less than steller specs but do very well in real life situations because of a simple OS (not miles ahead). Apple has done very well handling that. They could give better specs and more features and make it run well too. They are making a lot of money off each device we buy.

    • ex2bot

      No. It made both my iPhone and iPad work better. I think some of the icons are just okay, but the overall interface improvement is dramatically better.
      I wouldn’t want to live without Control Panel, for example. Saying that it’s “nothing short of disappointing re-skin” ignores Control Panel, Notifications fixes, Siri improvements and a gazillion improvements under the hood (and a bunch I’m not going to list). Saying that is silly, really.

      • FinnGoDo

        Saying that it’s just a reskin is ridiculous. Itwas redesigned from the ground up and the only 64 bit mobile os out there. There are a ton of features and interface enhancements that make it more than a reskin job.

  • hkgsulphate

    tim, go fix the map

    • Glorin

      The map is fine now

      • hkgsulphate

        no in my region….

      • Stephen Michael Simon

        Neither is spelling or grammar apparently…

      • Glorin

        Double check the “neither”

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  • klouud

    The big feature for iOS 8 will probably be themes – and by themes I mean icon themes. Maybe backgrounding. And maybe a bit more freedom in terms of file manipulation – as in: open Mail.app, write email, attach file. You can’t do this in iOS 7.0.2. It would also be nice to see Apple open up Notification center and Control Center to 3rd party developers as well.

    • Prithvi

      Ya but one of Apple’s biggest selling points is their closed environment. They’re not going to sacrifice that just so that people can change the look of their phone. But I admit, opening up Notification Center and Control Center would be good for developers since they could help take iOS to the next level. But, themes would never appear on iOS 8

      • klouud

        IDK – I think Apple is going to cave

    • Chuck Finley


      Pick one.

      • klouud

        Umm… If I had to choose? iOS. Hands down. But themes are coming.

      • Chuck Finley

        No no, what I’m saying is that they’re mutually exclusive.

        I honestly don’t see themes coming to any Apple device. Apple has a habit of clamping down tightly on any kind of user customisation to it’s interfaces, just look at OS X. Before Mountain Lion you could customise OS X pretty heavily, new dock backgrounds, new icons for your dock etc but now you can’t do any of that at all.

        With Apple devices you get the experience they want you to have, you don’t get to change that experience much.

      • anonymous

        IOS9 lol

    • kadeem kadz Dulice

      im fine with changing my wallpaper every now and then………

    • What`s with all the down votes? Tim cook sure paid some strangers.

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Sorry, but themes will never come. Maybe widgets and/or color “themes” that are just color options from Apple and only apple (red control center, etc.)

  • on3simpleclick

    I can just see it now..
    “Introducing the new iPhone 6 with the new iOS8. Arriving next Fall”

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      it will probably be like iOS5 to iOS6… no big change

  • lol iOS 8.

    • Lucas Tres

      You look just like Troye Sivan!

  • akhyar

    great! I might as well just buy a Windows 8 machine if I wanted a flat-looking OS. Please stop all these flatty nonsense! Gosh I really hate this flat-thin font teletubbies color craze!!

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      If you don’t want Apple to use transparency to bring context to your messy desktop then yes please do go ahead and buy a Windows 8 machine.


      • Kurt

        I always thought macs look messy. Always so many icons at the bottom and no one ever opens windows up full screen. Why is that? Is it because OSX doesn’t remember if you had that browser/app full screen the last time? That’s a genuine question I had for years.

  • Gróf Attila

    if apple keeps up with this pace in a few years iOS 16 would sound soooo not good:D wondering about what they wil do about it……

    • Palmer Paul

      iOS X can be for 10

    • Jonathan

      Maybe they’ll do names instead of numbers, like iOS Silk (making one up)

      • ConduciveMammal

        Yeah, I imagine they’ll only take the numbering system so far. Same with iPhones and iPads

  • Barry

    Apple really should focus on Maps and start to get the distorted streets out of the trees.

  • omrishtam

    “Syra” stands for syria? LOL

    • Jonathan

      Maybe it’s Siri’s cousin..

  • Anthony Gilera

    I thought it said Mac OS X 10.10 Syria haha

  • Yunsar

    I think Syrah is just the code name, like Cab for Mavericks.

    BTW I hope they release Mac OS XI next year with iOS 7 interface

    • El Barto

      I was thinking the same thing… Mac OS tenpointten sounds awful, doesn’t it?

      • ConduciveMammal

        I just call it without the “point” like OS X ten eight or iOS six one four

      • brooks whiffen seale

        OS X ten eight is OS 10.10.10, then will probably say OSX 10

  • Jamie Tilden

    I really hope they end up calling it OS XI, as in OS 11.0, because 10.10 doesn’t make it any sense.

  • bllackghost

    10.10 ? why not 11

  • Taf Khan

    iOS 8 Supports higher screen resolution on larger screens perhaps… .

    • Kurt

      Hope so! It’s time for the iPhone to be introduced to 2011 😛

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  • Giorgos

    Can i unlock my iphone 5????? :/
    Can i install OS X Mavericks to my PC???? :/
    Some1 answer me please.

    • Umut Bilgiç

      1-Google is your friend. (I dont know the answer)

      2-You can make hackintoshes.

  • Johhny Q

    under $20, as in $19.99 or lower than $19.99?

    • ConduciveMammal

      I always hate when commercials say something’s “under £500” when it’s £499.99.

  • Johhny Q

    Can’t wait to finally read my books on the computer, instead of my tiny device! 😀

  • Chase

    If you don’t remember from WWDC, but Apple said the next 10 names of the Operating System will consist of cities in Calafornia

    • ex2bot

      Not cities. Scenic locations

      • Johhny Q

        Example- Mavericks. Maybe the next one could be Yosemite?

  • Matthew

    I thought maybe Mac OS 11. I guess not. Maybe 2015?

  • Jung-Ro Park

    OS 10.10? I think it should be 11.0. Mathematically 10.10 is same as 10.1.

    • Jamie Tilden

      No, mathematically, 10.10 is the same as 10.1; the extra ‘0’ at the end adds no value. So we would go from 10.9 back down to 10.1, which makes no sense. So yeah, 11.0 is only next logical step.

      • ex2bot

        Marketing doesn’t always follow logic. Also, some developers name point releases like that. Example: Version 1.11 (twelfth revision of version 1).

      • Umut Bilgiç

        Lol he said the same thing 😀 And yeah, I sometimes have trouble understanding Apple’s naming shanigans.

      • Jamie Tilden

        Haha yeah he clearly edited his comment to avoid looking like a dumbs because it definitely didn’t say that before.

      • brooks whiffen seale

        Consider the naming of versions just like coordinates, each place can have as many digits as it is.

      • Umut Bilgiç

        Hahaha loled.

  • Kurt

    They need to start now, to prepare for the 1080p iPhablets we want.