Apple announced OS X Mavericks back in June at the annual WWDC event sharing a number of new Mavericks features with the crowd and offering a beta for developers, but the company remains mum on the OS X Mavericks release date and price.
OS X Mavericks is OS X 10.9, and is first release to pick a name not shared with a large cat in several years. The OS X Mavericks upgrade includes Apple Maps and iBooks as well as a revamped Finder with tabs, new technology to deliver better battery life and much more.
While Apple won’t charge for the iOS 7 update arriving on the iPhone and iPad this fall, it will very likely charge users for the OS X Mavericks upgrade which will arrive in the Mac App Store at some point this year.
OS X Mavericks Price Predictions
When it comes to the OS X Mavericks price, Apple’s history of updates isn’t as easy to use as a baseline, but we can make some educated guesses.
While in an Apple Store last week we overheard an employee warning a customer that the OS X Mavericks upgrade price could be as much as $50 to $100, which is quite a jump from the recent upgrade costs for OS X.
Starting with OS X Snow Leopard in 2009, Apple set a precedent for charging a nominal upgrade fee of $29.99 for a single license. This is much cheaper than previous versions of OS X and significantly cheaper than Microsoft charged for upgrades to Windows 7 which started at $119.
In 2011, Apple charged $29.99 to upgrade to OS X Lion, with the benefit of letting users install the upgrade on all of their personal Macs. By comparison Microsoft only sells a license for one computer in most retail stores.
When Apple announced OS X Snow Leopard in 2012 users could upgrade for $20, and install it on all of their personal Macs.
With this in mind, Apple will likely set an OS X Mavericks price of $20 to $30 on the Mac App Store. The OS X Mavericks software will be free on all Macs purchased after the release and Apple typically offers a 30 day grace period to users who buy a Mac before the new version of OS X is released.
OS X Mavericks Release Date Predictions
The OS X Mavericks release date is set for later this year, but Apple has yet to provide any specific details. Apple appears laser focused on the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 as we run into September which could mean that the OS X Mavericks release date will not arrive until late September or in October.
The main reason we expect to see an OS X Mavericks release in September or October is that it looks like Apple is planning a major refresh to computers. We could see new MacBook Pro updates, a new iMac and the new Mac Pro in September or October according to multiple leaks.
When the OS X Mavericks release date is announced, expect fast availability in the Mac App Store. Do not expect Apple Stores to sell an OS X Mavericks USB installation.