This figure includes the one odd macOS X release: 10.2.7. This version was only for the then-new PowerMac G5 and the flat panel iMac G4, and was never generally released. As of September 13th, 2021 (11.6's release date), it's been 7,670 days since the Public Beta was released. So on average, we've seen some sort of update every 50.1 days. Oct 23, 2013 OS X 10.9 Mavericks - the latest update to Apple's desktop OS - noticeably improves the overall experience on for both new and older Macs. Before you upgrade, we recommend that you back up your Mac. If your Mac is running OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later, you can upgrade directly to macOS Big Sur. You’ll need the following: OS X 10.9 or later; 4GB of memory; 35.5GB available storage on macOS Sierra or later. Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.
Apple has released OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and somewhat surprisingly it is a free upgrade for all existing OS X users. If you’re using a Mac laptop or desktop from the last five years or so, you should be able to download OS X Mavericks for free just by visiting the Mac App Store. Some exclusions and caveats do apply, though, so read on for more information.
Downloading and installing OS X 10.9 Mavericks for free
- OS X 10.9 Mavericks (Cabernet) - 22 October 2013 OS X 10.10: Yosemite (Syrah) - 16 October 2014. Very old versions of Mac OS X came on a disk and any security updates came via Software Update.
- Version 10.9: 'Mavericks' OS X Mavericks was released on October 22, 2013, as a free update through the Mac App Store worldwide. It placed emphasis on battery life, Finder enhancements, other enhancements for power users, and continued iCloud integration, as well as bringing more of Apple's iOS apps to the OS X platform.
Before you upgrade to OS X 10.9 for free, the most important question is whether your Mac hardware is compatible. In general, if you’re already running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, you should be able to install Mavericks. Here’s a complete list of Mac laptops and desktops compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks:
- MacBook Pro (mid/late 2007 and newer)
- MacBook Air (late 2008 and newer)
- iMac (mid 2007 and newer)
- MacBook (late 2008 aluminium, or early 2009 and newer)
- Mac Mini (early 2009 and newer)
- Mac Pro (early 2008 and newer)
- Xserve (early 2009)
Before you begin the upgrade process, you should save and close any open programs. If you’re upgrading some older Mac hardware, you might also find it useful to clear up your hard drive first, by uninstalling unused apps, transferring large files to external storage, and using a clean-up tool such as CCleaner.
If you have Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion installed (10.6, 10.7, 10.8), upgrading to 10.9 Mavericks is as simple as heading to the Mac App Store, clicking the huge OS X Mavericks banner, and clicking “Install.” It will download the update (which is around 5GB), and then ask whether you want to begin the installation process. Once you begin the installation, that’s it: It’s a one-step installer without any “next” buttons.
For me, on a fairly bogged-down 2011 MacBook Pro, the free upgrade to OS X Mavericks took around 90 minutes. On a newer and fresher systems, it should be a lot faster.
After installing OS X Mavericks…
Once the installation process is complete, a notification will pop up offering to teach you about Mavericks’ new features. You should probably click it, especially if you’re coming from Snow Leopard or Lion as quite a lot has changed. The most exciting new features in Mavericks are probably the iCloud Keychain, Notifications tweaks, and some cool low-level tech that should improve battery life and performance (Timer Coalescing, App Nap, and Memory Compression). If you’ve always wished for iBooks, Maps, and Calendar to make the leap from iOS to your Mac, you’re in luck, too.
If you have any problems upgrading, or you want to draw our attention to an interesting new feature (or bug), leave a comment.
Now read: Is the core of Apple’s OS X rotting from within?
Hey guys, Here is a guide on 'How to install OS X 10.9 on a PC with a Gigabyte 990FXA Series Motherboard and AMD FX Series CPU'.
It will also show you how to dual boot windows and OS X and even run the same windows install inside of OS X with VMWare Fusion.
Before we start, Here is the exact specification i am using for my Hackintosh install.
- Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
- CPU: AMD FX-6100
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz (2x4gb)
- Graphics Card: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB OC Edition (1002 6819)
- Operating Systems: Windows 8 and OS X 10.9.1
Ok so although this guide is intended for install on the above hardware it may or may not work on other hardware, It will most likely work on the UD3, UD5 and UD7 motherboards aswell as most modern Radeon HD Graphics.
The following items will be required in order for this to work.
- Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 (DVD or USB)
- Niresh 10.9 (Torrent: http://www.niresh12495.com [it's the most downloaded file currently])
- A USB Pen (Niresh - 10.9 - Mavericks USB Version.zip) or Dual Layer DVD+R (Niresh - 10.9 - Mavericks ISO Version.zip)
- Access to both Windows and the Niresh Mavericks USB at the same time.
- You need to take your time and be patient. Both windows and OS X take some time to install.
- 1 HDD that is able to be completely formatted (wipe partition table)
Note: you don't need Windows if you don't want to dual boot
I am not going to cover how to write the DMG file to a USB pen or DVD and instead will just link you to http://www.macbreaker.com/2014/01/instal...iresh.html (Step 1a if your currently in OS X and 1b if your in Windows)
So once you have the Bootable USB/DVD with Niresh on it we are ready to begin.
We need to format the HDD with the partition type MBR (for some reason when i did this with windows it didn't work) to do this will shall boot to the Niresh USB/DVD and at the prompt highlight 'Niresh Mavericks' and simply type 'amdfx GraphicsEnabler=No PCIRootUID=1 -v' and press 'Enter'.
If you don't plan on dual booting you can skip to 'Installing OS X 10.9'.
After a short time it should start booting to the OS X installer, Select your language and then in the menu bar Select Utilities > Disk Utilities > Select the HDD you want to use > Partition > 2 Partitions and then set the 1st as MS-DOS (FAT) name it 'Windows' and the 2nd as 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)' name it 'Mavericks' now select 'Options' and make sure it's set to 'MBR (Master Boot Record)' then press 'Apply'
OK now the HDD is properly partitioned, We now move on to installing Windows.
Installing Windows 7, 8 or 8.1
This is installed just like normal, Except you need to make sure it doesn't install the UEFI version (make sure to select the non UEFI DVD/USB entry from the boot menu)
Once your at the install simply do a 'Custom Install' and then install windows to the 1st Partition it will need to be formated to NTFS via the format button below prior to being installed.
After the install is complete go through the standard welcome screen and post install setup and then we can move on to installing Niresh's OS X 10.9
Installing Niresh OS X 10.9
And now we are on to the main event, Installing OS X.
Boot to the Niresh USB/DVD and then at the prompt highlight 'Niresh Mavericks' and simply type 'amdfx GraphicsEnabler=No PCIRootUID=1 -v' and press 'Enter'
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Now you should be back at the OS X install screen, This time we will actually install it, Follow the on screen wizard until you get to the HDD Select page then select the 'Mavericks' disk but DO NOT PRESS NEXT/INSTALL instead press 'Customize' and uncheck the option 'GraphicsEnabler' located under the 'Graphics' section.
Now you can begin the install. Press the install button and prepare to wait a while depending on your SSD/HDD.
Fixing A Few Issues With OS X
Ok now we have OS X and Windows installed but most likely booting OS X from the HDD won't work and instead you will need to use the USB/DVD.
So once again boot to the Niresh USB/DVD but then at the prompt highlight 'Mavericks' instead of 'Niresh Mavericks' enter ' 'Kernel Cache'=amd GraphicsEnabler=No PCIRootUID=1 -v ' note the quotes need to be entered around the words 'Kernel Cache'.
After a little while it should boot to OS X and ask you to enter various information for the welcome screen, After you have entered this you should be at either the 'Login Screen' or the 'Desktop'.
If your using the exact same card as mine you most likely are not running at native resolution and are instead forced to 1024x768, To fix this we need to modify 2 kext files, if your running at native resolution skip the step below.
Load up a Terminal (Search > Terminal) and then type 'sudo su' and enter admin password, Now type 'nano /System/Library/Extensions/AMD7000Controller.kext/Contents/Info.plist' and then find '68181002' and change it to your device and vendor ID (mine is 68191002) once done press 'Ctrl or Win + X' and then repeat the same change for '/System/Library/Extensions/AMDRadeonX4000.kext/Contents/Info.plist'.
Now the graphics is sorted provided your using a similar card to mine atleast, Now we can sort out issues with the bootloader on the HDD, Download 'Chameleon Wizard' then run it and select 'Boot0HFS' as the install mode and then press 'Install'.
Now reboot and you should be able to boot from the HDD and select the 'Mavericks' option, you may need to enter 'GraphicsEnabler=No' and '-v' is useful to see more detailed/verbose information.
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Congratulations you are done sorting out OS X, The steps below are optional but highly recommended.
Updating the AMD Kernel and OS X
So you successfully got OS X working on your system, Now we should update OS X to the latest version (10.9.1 as of the time i was writing this) and the AMD Kernel to a newer and faster version.
Download the following file http://www.osx86.net/files/download/3736...4-support/ and extract it.
Next select 'Go' on the menu bar, and then 'Go to folder' and then '/', This will put you to the root of the OS X Partition, Now we need to replace the mach_kernel with the download mach_kernel file. Simply copy and paste and confirm the authentication.
Now we need to copy the downloaded 'System.kext' to '/System/Library/Extensions/', once this is done you will most likely get some errors don't panic!.
Now we load 'Kext Wizard' (installed with niresh) and select 'Repair' and 'Rebuild' under the '/System/Library/Extensions/'.
Once 'Kext Wizard' is done, Click the 'Apple icon' in the 'Menu Bar' and select 'Software Update' and 'Update All', This will take a little while, When asked to reboot say yes.
Now your system should reboot and you should be back at OS X at 10.9.1 instead of 10.9.0.
Running Windows 8 Inside OS X Using VMWare Fusion
Ok so, So far we have Windows and OS X installed to the same HDD on your PC, Now we will use the physical install of Windows inside of VMWare Fusion this will allow us to use Windows both inside of OS X and as a actual boot option.
Of Course this requires VMWare Fusion and this is a commercial piece of software therefore you will need to acquire VMWare Fusion prior to continuing.
Ok so now that you have acquired VMWare Fusion and installed it we can continue on to setting up the 'boot camp' partition.
Firstly we need to make sure that the windows partition is set to be the active partition, to do this we can load 'Terminal' > 'sudo su' > 'fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0' > 'f 1' > 'write' > 'y' > 'exit'.
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Ok now it should have set the windows partition as the active partition, Now load up 'VMWare Fusion' and select 'More Options' and then 'Install from bootcamp' and then 'Create bootcamp virtual machine'.
Now the VM should be created and you should be able to simply start the VM and Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 should start and start the vmware tools install procedure. Now exit the VM and VMWare.
Now we need to restore the active partition back to OS X by doing the following load 'Terminal' > 'sudo su' > 'fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0' > 'f 2' > 'write' > 'y' > 'exit'.
And now we are done! click the 'unity' button in VMWare to integrate it even more. We now have VMWare with Windows + Windows as Dual Boot with OS X.
R9 270 and R9 270x users can use this file to get graphics working correctly (http://www.osx86.net/files/file/3711-amd...70-series/) DON'T UNCHECK GRAPHICSENABLER DURING INSTALL OF OS X
Thanks to Niresh and everyone else involved!