Install Mavericks Tutorial: Mac OS X 10.9

For those of you who were waiting to upgrade to Mavericks, the “.1” release is out (Mac OS X 10.9.1) the 10.9.2 release is now current as of 14 April 2014 (and 10.9.3 is likely coming soon).  Clients have been asking, so here is a short-hand tutorial for installing Mavericks. As always, check to make sure the applications you rely on are ready for Mavericks, and if in doubt, wait!  For those concerned, the 10.9.1 release addressed Mail.app issues with Gmail mail account syncing.  I think it’s a good time upgrade, assuming the business-critical applications you use are Mavericks ready.

See this suite of articles from MacWorld for in-depth recommendations, advice and information about preparing for, installing, and using Maverics: Installing OS X 10.9 Mavericks: Our complete guide

Below is my short-hand tutorial for clients who use a SuperDuper! bootable-clone backup system. If you don’t use SuperDuper!, then replace your own backup system in this tutorial. If you don’t have one, it’s time to get one! Please contact us for a consultation.

– go to the Apple Menu in upper left of your screen > Software Update
– App Store will open to software update.
– install all updates to your CURRENT SYSTEM, do NOT download and install Mavericks (10.9) yet EVEN IF PROMPTED TO DO SO.
– restart
– log in with the shift key held down (if you have automatic login enabled, then you will need to log out from the Apple Menu and then log back in with the shift key held down)
– open Disk Utility
– choose your internal hard drive on the left menu inside the Disk Utility window
– choose Verify Disk.
– if it finishes and says “Disk appears to be OK,” then continue

*** If it finds problems with the disk, say ok, and contact me — you will need to boot from the Repair Partition and run Disk Utility again to Repair Disk. ***

– choose Repair Permissions
– shut down, and let the computer sit for a minute
– start up, and log in with the shift key down (if you have automatic login enabled, then you will need to log out from the Apple Menu and then log back in with the shift key held down)
– go to the Apple Menu (upper left) > Software Update
– if there are any more updates to your current system, install them.
– if there are no updates to your current system, then it’s time to
– backup via SuperDuper!  Allow the backup to finish, and shutdown (most will have SuperDuper! set to shutdown automatically. In this case, just boot normally after SD! has shut the computer down).
– login with the shift key held down.
– now, it’s time to Install Mavericks:
– go to the Apple Menu > Software Update. There may be a banner at the top of the Updates window that says “free upgrade to Mavericks” if so, click it. If not, go to > Featured on the top left of the App Store window, Mavericks will be featured on the right and/or bottom. See picture at the end of the post.
– click on Mavericks wherever you find it
– click instal
– the file will be around 5.3GB, so it will take some time to download, depending on the speed of your connection.
– follow the prompts to instal Mavericks.

Installation will entail:

– an initial install preparation phase of around 15 minutes or less

– then it will say to Install the software the computer needs to restart.

– after it restarts, it will take somewhere between 25-40 minutes in the final phase of installation 

– when it boots up after installation, it will ask you to log in with your Apple ID and will setup your new installation
– when your desktop has appeared and the computer has finished booting,
– log out from the Apple Menu at the top left, and
– log in the with the shift key held down
– go to apple menu in upper left > Software Update
– App Store will open to Software Update.
– install all updates
– restart
– log in with the shift key held down
– open Disk Utility
– choose your internal hard drive on the left
– choose Verify Disk.
– if it finishes and says “Disk appears to be OK,” then continue

*** If it finds problems with the disk, say ok, and contact me — you will need to boot from the Repair Partition and run Disk Utility again to Repair Disk. ***

– choose Repair Permissions
– restart
– log in normally (no shift key held down)
– use normally
– do NOT back up to the SuperDuper! clone for a while. Backup to a different hard drive if possible, or if not, do not back up at all for a while (a week? or more?). We need to keep the old backup in case there were issues with the upgrade and install.

App Store Featured Mavericks

New iPads, Macs, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Apple had its media event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco on Tuesday, Oct 22. Here’s a rundown of the new and noteworthy:

iPad Air: the new 5th generation full-sized iPad,

  • Offered in the new colors Space Grey or Silver
  • Slimmer, lighter, and faster than its predecessors, with the A7 64-bit chip
  • Expanded LTE support to cover more high-speed networks across the globe
  • 5MP iSight Camera, new FaceTime HD camera
  • Wi-Fi only: 16GB – $499; 32GB – $599; 64GB – $699; 128GB – $799
  • Wi-Fi + Cellular: 16GB – $629; 32GB – $729; 64GB – $829; 128GB – $929
  • new covers and cases

iPad mini with Retina display: in new colors Space Grey and Silver. We have finally got a great mid-sized 7.9″ tablet with Retina display!

  • Much faster with the A7 64-bit chip: up to 4x faster CPU and 8x faster graphics
  • Expanded LTE support to cover more high-speed networks across the globe
  • 5MP iSight Camera, new FaceTime HD camera
  • Wi-Fi only: 16GB – $399; 32GB – $499; 64GB – $599; 128GB – $699
  • Wi-Fi + Cellular: 16GB – $529; 32GB – $629; 64GB – $729; 128GB – $829
  • iPad Mini original, now reduced in price, $299 for 16GB Wi-Fi model
  • new  covers and cases

Mac OS X 10.9 “Maverics:” Looks like we don’t have an incredibly different system, but one with some new bells and whistles. NOTE: Watch out for compatibility issues — it’s a good idea to make sure all of your critical applications are Maverics-compatible before you upgrade. You don’t want to find out after the fact that your productivity is stunted because you upgraded before a business-critical application was ready. Here is Apple’s info page on Mavericks.

  • Mavericks is a free one-step upgrade to users of Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.6-10.8)
  • Machines capable of running Mavericks are:
    • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
    • Xserve (Early 2009)
    • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
    • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
    • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
    • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • Better battery life for all machines capable of receiving the update
  • Compressed memory, allows better use of memory to run more applications without having the system slow down
  • Graphics: better graphics memory allocation. Image processing improvements.
  • Safari sports new features: shared links, new reader view, website Notifications
  • Notifications: you can respond in the notification pop-up. Also, you can now sign up for website notifications as well.
  • Finder now supports tags to help organize and retrieve documents
  • Multiple displays improvements
  • Maps application now on Mac OS X
  • iBooks application now on Mac OS X
  • iLife updates (iPhoto, Garage Band, iMovie) for Mac OS X, free with new hardware
  • iWork updates (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) for Mac OS X, free with new hardware
  • iCloud keychain: keeping your passwords and credit card information secure and accessible across all your devices
  • Calendar app, now is location aware, has driving times listed from previous appointments, maps app integration, weather.

New MacBook Pro 13″ and 15″: The MacBook Pro line has been refreshed, with some significant new improvements.

  • Now slimmer, faster, lighter, and more powerful
  • New Intel CPUs and Iris Graphics gives up to 90% faster graphics engine and faster, smarter core processing power
  • Improved battery life, up to 8 hrs (15″ rMBP) and 9 hrs (13″ rMBP) of battery life in iTunes video playback
  • Flash memory is now much faster
  • Thunderbolt 2 connectivity is much faster
  • Wi-Fi is improved and much faster, supporting 802.11ac standard
  • 13″ rMBP reduced in price to start at $1,299: 2.4GHz dual core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Iris graphics.
  • 15″ rMBP reduced in price to start at $1,999: 2.0 GHz quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Iris Pro graphics.
  • The entry level machine does not come with a discrete graphics card, which is a step down from previous models. One shouldn’t be getting the entry level machine anyway — if you are paying this much for machine, you should get an appropriate amount of storage and RAM, and a faster processor with a discrete graphics card (I counsel my clients to purchase the maximum available storage and RAM because neither are upgradeable).
  • A well-appointed new 15″ rMBP might be: 2.3GHz quad core i7 with NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 memory, 1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage (SSD), and AppleCare: USD$3,099 plus tax.

MacPro: The new Pro Desktop has been completely revamped, as was announced last month:

  • New design: cylindrical tower, thermal core at the center
  • Faster cores, busses, graphics, and cooling systems.
  • All flash-based storage
  • Lots of ports: 6 Thunderbolt 2, 4 USB 3.0, 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1 HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port
  • Lots more features
  • Starting at USD$2,999 plus tax

iWork and iLife updated for iOS, Mac OS X, and iCloud.

  • new iPhoto that allows you to create iBooks on the iPad
  • iMovie redesigned and more powerful, for iOS and Mac OS X
  • Garageband: 32 tracks creation now possible
  • colaboration is now possible in iWork documents via iWork for iCloud, no iCloud account required, and compatible with any browser
  • Pages, Keynote and Numbers redesigned and updated

You can watch the full keynote here. Contact us here for a purchasing consultation to determine what hardware will best suit your needs!

iOS 6: reasons to wait

A message from our leaders, the DevTeam:

“Why Shouldn’t I update to iOS 6?

Jailbreak developer, BigBoss has called the latest iOS 6 mobile operating system as “a total dud” which is more like an incremental update iOS 5.1.2 rather than a feature-rich upgrade. Since Apple has removed YouTube and Google maps, jailbreakers have two more reasons not to update their jailbroken iOS devices to iOS 6. Those who inadvertently update will get Apple maps with no street view, no transit directions.

iPhone unlockers and those preserving their unlockable basebands must stay away from installing the iOS 6 update. Since most of the jailbroken applications and apple?s official apps are still not supported; it is advisable to stay away from the update. Unlocker and jailbreakers are advised to save 5.1.1 SHSH blobs. Once 5.1.1 stops being signed, you will NOT be able to downgrade from 6.0.”