Upgrade to Mavericks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by case2001, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. case2001 macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2010
    I have a late 2013 MacBook Air. It is running great with the system that came on it. I think 10.8. Is that mountain lion?
    Is there really any need/advantage to go to Mavericks? I using Xcode for hobby projects, Microsoft office 2008 and that basically it. I don't really think there are any features I need in Mavericks right now. But I want to make sure.

  2. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    Don't do it.
    There is no difference and no advantage. It is actually more annoying because they changed tiny things here and there that actually bothers me.

    For example, previously you were able to label any element in the Finder with a color. If you have x amount of elements in a folder and each one with a different color, originally you were able to select all and deselect all the colors labels.

    In Mavericks, you can not delete the color labels at same time. Now you have to chose all the elements, give that same color to every element and then deselect that color to delete it.

    And now, you can have more than one color label per element.

    If you have 40 pictures in a folder, 2 are labeled orange and 3 blue. If you want to delete the orange labels at once, you would have to select the 40 pictures (select all) and give the blue color to all the pictures and then deselect the blue color again.

    If you have 3 pictures with blue, orange and green color, you can deselect one by one or select all, add the blue to all, delete all, add green to all, delete all and so on...

    That sort of things you will find in Mavericks. I didn't see any improvement just twisted things that are different with no reason.
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    On the other side - Mavericks has improved memory management. That can prove important on a MBAir, which can't be upgraded.
    Does that make a good reason to upgrade from Mountain Lion? Only you can say.
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I have 10.9 on my Mac Mini but still have 10.8 on my MBA. Was thinking about upgrading the MBA just the other day but decided not to bother. Yosemite is right around the corner, might as well wait a few more months.
  5. case2001 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2010
    Ok thanks. I have not run into memory issues on my machine. I really like mountain lion so I am going to stick with that. I will see if Yosemite offers something down the road.
  6. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
  7. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    I agree with Lou. Why wouldn't you want the newest OS with new features and such? I could understand if it was an old machine, but its barely a year old.
  8. case2001 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2010
    That's a fare question. I prefer stability. Right now everything I use on my machine works and works well. So I am not sure I would gain anything in my daily usage. Thus my question.
  9. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    After not being an early adopter, I run Mav on 2 MBP's, a mini, an iMac and an MBA. It's a solid OS, and why not run with the latest feature set?
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    So… go ahead and fix it, even if it ain't broke? :D
  11. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    More like, fix it because it might get broke later. Eventually Apple's going to stop providing support/security updates to Mountain Lion, and updated apps will eventually stop running on it. And the OP might not get a chance to update to Mavericks after Yosemite comes out (which is an even BIGGER change than ML -> Mavericks).

    And there ARE improvements, like the fact that battery life is improved by up to an additional 4 hours on the Macbook Air when upgrading to Mavericks from Mountain Lion. For me that was reason enough.
  12. case2001, Aug 1, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2014

    case2001 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2010
    I am aware of the advertised improved battery, however not all users are that lucky. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5117523?start=45&tstart=0 Several members report worse battery life after the upgrade. There were threads here too. I think those have been fixed, but this is why I asked the question.

    I cannot really see any advantages for me right now. I am sticking with Mountain Lion. If there is some reason I have to upgrade I will, but I am quite satisfied with my stability, battery life and security. I appreciate the answers in this thread though!
  13. case2001 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2010
    "If it aint broke don't fix it!"
  14. Windowsrefugee macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2011
    Microsoft Land
    I waited for the OS to stabilize around Jan and then upgraded my 2012 and 2013 MBAs and haven't looked back. It is stable and the battery life is terrific. On the other hand, yip could wait another 4-6 months and see if it is worth leapfrogging to Yosemite...
  15. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    I've always been one to upgrade on the bleeding edge on everything, but I'm starting to think like the OP. I have a system that is stable, all my apps work, and I just don't have to worry about it.

    I am on Mavericks now because I did gain benefits (multi monitor alone was worth it), but I doubt that I'll upgrade to Yosemite because I just don't need what they offered.
  16. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I will stick to my Mavericks as upgrading to a new OS should destroy my Win7 partition and I would have to start over again.

    The gain would not be worth the pain.
  17. rambo47 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2010
    Denville, NJ
    I'm sporting a Late-2010 MBA 13" and Mavericks was a great upgrade. Very smooth and 100% stable. No freezes/crashes/slowdowns. :apple::apple:
  18. case2001 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2010
    That's great however where there any changes in your everyday usage?
  19. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Same experience here with the same machine (4GB 2010 MBA)
  20. rrl macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2009
    Stop being a *****. It's a .4 release. Do it. I painlessly did it to my 2010 11" less than two weeks ago. It's running great.
  21. case2001 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2010
  22. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
  23. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I upgraded a 2009 MBA (2gb) to Mavs and it runs better than ever...great OS.
  24. s15119 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2010
    It's always a good idea to run the latest OS. Other software will be upgraded to take advantage of the new features.

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