The 10th major update to iOs, OS X Mavericks is available for free in the Mac App Store. Unlike the Windows 8 operating system, which retails for around $200, this upgrade is absolutely free.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering said, “We want every Mac user to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies, and the strongest security. We believe the best way to do this is to begin a new era of personal computing software where OS upgrades are free.”

Among the enhancements available for Mac users are the availability of iBooks and Maps. 

iBooks readers will be able to enjoy their books seamlessly across computer, iPhone and iPad.  Maps users will be able to plan a trip on their Mac and then send the directions to their iPhone. Considering some of the issues iPhone 5 users experienced with maps, whether or not that’s a good idea is up to you.

There’s also a new version of Safari and better multi-display support.  Federighi  said this update would bring better battery life and enhanced performance.

Any Mac capable of running OS X Mountain Lion can also run Mavericks. Users can also choose to upgrade directly from OS X Snow Leopard or Lion.

Users will need, OS X v10.6.8 or later, 2 GB of memory and 8GB of available space on their hard drive.

Supported computers include iMac (mid 2007 or newer), MacBook (late 2008 aluminum, early 2009 or newer), MaBook 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).

~ Cynthia