Apple offers a wide array of products, both hardware and software and similarly, like the Microsoft Tech Guru articles in the Transcript-Bulletin, I will focus mostly on the software, the operating system and system programs, to help keep your Mac safe, updated and tuned-up.
First, I must get something out of the way. For those of you who have heard me comment I would never write this article, my crow meal tastes very nice, thank you! Let us move on now.
I want to begin with Apple’s flagship operating system software, OS X. Originally released in 2002, OS X has gone through many updates, including “10.5 Leopard,” “10.6 Snow Leopard,” 10.7 Lion,” “10.8 Mountain Lion” and Apple’s latest update, “10.9 Mavericks.”
If you have not updated to OS X Mavericks yet, it is highly recommended you do so. Something unique, this is the first update that is free from Apple, so money is not a concern for you to do this.
There are several new enhancements to OS X in the Mavericks version. First, let us see what edition you are running on your Mac. Click on the “Apple” icon at the top-left, and select “About This Mac.” A small box will open disclosing what version of software you are using.
In order to update to OS X Mavericks, you will need one of these Macs: “iMac,” Mid-2007 or later, “MacBook,” 13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008, 13-inch, Early 2009 or later, “MacBook Pro,” 13-inch, Mid-2009 or later, “MacBook Pro,” 15-inch or 17-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later, “MacBook Air,” Late 2008 or later, “Mac mini,” Early 2009 or later, “Mac Pro,” Early 2008 or later or “Xserve,” Early 2009.
Your Mac will also need to have “OS X Mountain Lion,” “Lion” or “Snow Leopard v10.6.8” already installed. You will need a minimum of 2 GB of memory and 8 GB or more of available space on your hard drive. If you find that your Mac does not have the required software, Apple recommends you update to OS X “Mountain Lion,” “Lion” or “Snow Leopard” so you can complete the upgrade to OS X Mavericks.
Once your update is complete, you will see improvements in software such as “iBooks,” “Maps,” “iCloud Key Chain,” “Multiple displays,” “Finder Tabs” and “Tags” to organize your files.
To update to OS X Mavericks, be sure to backup all your important data first, and then go to the Mac App Store and double-click “Install OS X Mavericks.” Follow the directions to complete the installation.
Next week, we will talk more about these enhancements and the benefits you can experience when you update to the newest OS X edition, “Mavericks.”
For 14 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 250 articles about the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at Scott@HollywoodScott.com.