is Mavericks an update or upgrade?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by zoran, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. zoran macrumors 68040

    Jun 30, 2005
    In order to install Mavericks (app store version), one must have one of the following OS's? Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion?
    This kind of installation appears to be as if it was an OSX upgrade, right?
  2. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I'm not sure I understand your question. Mavericks is a new version of OS X, same as Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion. You purchase it from the Mac App Store, which is only available beginning on Snow Leopard.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its a full version upgrade, not an update. 10.x versus 10.x.x
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It is an entirely new OS X version, and you can upgrade/update from the OS X versions you listed. But you do not necessarily need to have one of those previous versions in place to update to Mavericks. If you made made yourself a USB key installer from the Mavericks installer image you could boot to that and install Mavericks to a completely blank drive. The installer would not look for the presence of the previous OS versions... it would just install Mavericks.

    I think what you may be getting at is is this an "upgrade" version like some Windows CDs are so you could only install the "upgrade" version if the previous version was detected on the hard drive. Mavericks is not like that. No previous version is required to install. Does that answer your question?
  5. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    The way I see it - an upgrade is worthy of enough features that it's usually paid. Mavericks, in this case, is an update. Personal opinion.
  6. drew627 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    But this is an upgrade with many amazing underlying technology optimizations. It's just that Apple decided to offer all future upgrades for free.
  7. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    One mans 'amazing underlying technology optimization' is another mans 'slower Finder response'.
    I've not noticed much in the way of stunning new user level features. In point of fact, the productivity suite Pages, Numbers, etc. has been significantly downgraded. Those Apps no longer contain even the minimum "required" AppleScript libraries.
    The PR flacks always want to call things an upgrade. In this case the reality is a bit more of a wash for this end user, an update.
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    An update is a point release, an upgrade is a full release. In this case, Mavericks is an upgrade, not a point release.

    Whether or not it came with substantial features, or had regression is irrelevant to what it is.

    And yes, in many ways it's a downgrade, but it's still an upgrade ;)
  9. clukas macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2010
    Apple has a way of developing its products by slowly refining them. You see this with their development of their MBP, iMac and iPhone lines, they slowly improve with minor changes and gradually improve. The same applies to their line of OS X products, changes between each 10.X version are minor to moderate with each release. I would make the argument that 10.X would be an upgrade as some older macs are not compatible with the new version, whilst updates usually do not discriminate against the age of hardware.
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Personal opinion does not justify nonsense. OS X 10.9 Mavericks is a new full-release version of OS X. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the previous full release of OS X, was priced at $20. With Mavericks, Apple reduced the price by $20.

    The fact that Mavericks has a price of $0.00 does not make it less of an OS that operating systems that cost more. This appears to be your your position--or should I say--"personal opinion." By this logic, Windows 8.1 is the only available new OS. Also, by this logic, no version of Linux has ever been more than an incremental update.
  11. tymaster50 macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    i just hate how it killed most of the cool mods :(, barely even notice any of the new features lol, maybe its cause I just got a mac haha .

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