My Mac Mini Purchase... thoughts?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ACMemphis10, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. ACMemphis10 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2013
    After months of debate and waiting for an update, I went ahead and bought a Mac Mini Server from the online Apple Store. 2.6 i7, 16gb ram, 2x256 ssd. Got it today and... after wiping the dust off the actual box, I was a bit surprised it was still running 10.8.5. Is this typical of Apple... even after all the hoopla with the New OS X release? Just curious because I'm a first timer and a little disappointed I have to spend a couple hours updating it.
  2. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    No, that's great.

    If you want to update now, you can do so. However, you have the opportunity to stay with Mountain Lion which some people might prefer, especially if the unit were to be deployed in a commercial or industrial environment.

    You have a *CHOICE* to stay on ML or upgrade to MAV. If the unit shipped with MAV, you don't have that choice.

    Note that Apple has sworn that all new Macs would get Mavericks, iWork apps, etc. You can call them out on this if they don't provide a free upgrade just by waving the receipt in front of the customer service help desk.

    If you really want Mavericks on the device, make the Genius Bar techs install it for you.

    Not a big deal.

    That said, I think I'd rather get an ML-equipped Mac right now, do a Time Machine snapshot, then upgrade to Mavericks. The latter is a bit green, I'd enjoy the comfort of having a backup from a well-polished previous OS.

    But that's just me...
  3. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    There shouldn't be any problem, Mavericks is free to anyone with the correct hardware.
  4. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    It's about the free iWork apps.

    Anyone with the right hardware can download Mavericks, however, new Macs (since the last Apple announcement) are supposed to come with iWork apps.

    Those are not automatically downloaded.

    OP ACMemphis10 needs to wave his/her receipt to indicate that he/she purchased the Mac after Apple stated that the iWork applications would be included.
  5. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    The new OS still has to filter through. Even the online Apple store has stock in storage so they can't open all the 'old' boxes in stock and update them before they ship.

    Having said all the above, the online store does say in the tech specs that it ships with Mavericks. No big deal... but naughty Apple.
  6. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    the other thing to consider is the fact for some people the VPN function of the server app for MAV does not function properly with L2TP so having ML with server app 2.2 and making a TM snapshot of it can be very beneficial if you use that service.
  7. fredr500 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    Why don't you make a new partition and install maverick there? Then you can easily switch between the 2 until you decide which you really want? Keep all of your data on the second drive and you are good to go.
  8. Gochugogi macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2013
    Sandwich Isles
    My new Mini shipped with 10.8.3 and I bought a build to order the week of the 10.9 release. Of course I updated immediately to 10.9 but in hindsight should have waited for the bug fixes in 10.9.1. if you don't use FW drives you'll probably be fine but none of mine would sleep and Time Machine was unable to restore 10.8.3 for some reason.
  9. GeyservilleMan macrumors newbie


    Sep 26, 2012
    Purchased Mac mini server with a similar config and received 10.8.5 very disappointed

    Since it was advertised with Mavericks and Server 3.0 and I intentionally did not purchase until after the announcements and release of Mavericks for two weeks. Was very disappointed to find it not updated. Since I live in a remote area and only have access to satellite connections, I had to return to the store which was originally deliver directly to my business to have them install the current software. While the local store was helpful it took over 1 1/2 hours at the store of my time for something I feel should have come out of the box as advertised. Sorry, but having to update is a big deal when you have limited bandwidth.
    I have indicated to corporate my displeasure regarding a machine that came from the factory took over 10 days to arrive from order date, it all was inexcusable.
  10. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    Besides, I wouldn't install Mavericks until they came out with 10.9.2 anyways. Still some bit of issues to iron out.
  11. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    I upgraded anyhow knowing there would be some bugs (and not knowing exactly what those would be), but I had several Time Machine backups so if I hated Mavericks, I could always go back.

    Not a big deal.

    One just needs to be thoughtful about how one upgrades.

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