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The history of Mac OS X pricing: How we got to free

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Mavericks

OS X Logo history

We had a few readers email in yesterday after it was announced that OS X Mavericks would be free, a first for a major desktop operating system release. It seems a few of you are curious about how Apple got here, and what the history is as it relates to the pricing of OS X. So, here's a quick history lesson. 

  • 10.0 Cheetah: Released March 24, 2001 for $129
  • 10.1 Puma: Released September 25, 2001 for $0
  • 10.2 Jaguar: Released August 23, 2002 for $129
  • 10.3 Panther: Released October 24, 2003 for $129
  • 10.4 Tiger: Released April 29, 2005 for $129
  • 10.5 Leopard: Released October 26, 2007 for $129
  • 10.6 Snow Leopard: Released August 28, 2009 for $29
  • 10.7 Lion: Released July 20, 2011 for $29
  • 10.8 Mountain Lion: Released July 25, 2012 for $19
  • 10.9 Mavericks: Released October 22, 2013 for $0

So, as you can see, both OS X 10.1 Puma and 10.9 Mavericks were released as free updates, however, Puma was released just six months after 10.0 Cheetah, so that would have been ridiculous if Apple has chosen to charge for it. Other than that anomaly, OS X updates remained at $129 each until Snow Leopard in 2009, which sold for $29. The last $129 version of OS X was Leopard, which saw massive delays due to Apple pulling engineers from it to work on iPhone OS 1.0 (now known as iOS.) Lion was also sold for $29, and was the first version of OS X to be available as a digital download from the Mac App Store. The following year, Mountain Lion debuted at just $19--the best bargain in OS X release history until yesterday, when Mavericks launched for free. The trend has always been that OS X updates would cost the same as the previous year, or less--never more (discounting the Puma issue, which was a huge bugfix patch.) As this point, it appears that OS X has gone the way of iOS, where all updates from here on out will be available for free, on an annual basis.

You can download OS X Mavericks, for free, right now.


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Apple releases Numbers 3.0, here’s a look at what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Apple iWork Numbers 3.0
Completing the iWork app updates, Apple has released Numbers 3.0 on the Mac App Store (alongside the Pages and Keynote updates), bringing a revamped user interface to the spreadsheet program. There are a bunch of new Apple-designed templates in the mix, as well as simplified formulas, charts, tables, and more. iCloud collaboration is also thrown in, allowing multiple users to edit the same document at once, in realtime. Here's a list of improvements:
  • Stunning new user interface
  • Brand-new Apple-designed templates
  • Simplified toolbar gives you quick access to shapes, media, tables, charts, and sharing options
  • New Format Panel automatically updates based on selection
  • Quickly click through a spreadsheet using new tab navigation
  • Get function suggestions as soon as you start typing a formula
  • Get live formula results, error checking, exact value, and cell format with the new smart cell view
  • Add your favorite functions to Quick Calculations for instant results
  • Search the integrated function browser for built-in help and sample formulas
  • Use gorgeous preset styles to make your text, tables, shapes, and images look beautiful
  • Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts
  • Use new 2D bubble charts
  • Enhanced conditional highlighting makes it easy to automatically highlight cells based on numbers, text, dates, and durations
  • Easily filter through large tables with the new Filter Panel
  • New star ratings cell format
  • Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook
  • Anyone with the link will always have access to the latest version of the spreadsheet and can edit it with you at iCloud.com with Numbers for iCloud beta
  • All-new calculation engine for fast performance
  • New unified file format across Mac, iOS, and web makes spreadsheets work seamlessly everywhere
  • Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help

You can download the new Numbers for free if you're an existing user, or get it for $19.99 if you're a first timer.

Be sure to check out all the rest of the news from the Apple iPad event!


Apple releases next major version of Keynote, here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Apple Keynote 6.0

Apple has released a major update to its Keynote presentation software today, as part of a greater software push release in conjunction with today's Apple iPad event. There are a bunch of new themes and animations to be found, as well as deeper iCloud integration that allows for simultaneous collaboration. Here's a rundown of all the new features found in Keynote 6.0:

  • Stunning new user interface
  • Brand-new Apple-designed themes
  • Simplified toolbar gives you quick access to shapes, media, tables, charts, and sharing options
  • New Format Panel automatically updates based on selection
  • New and updated cinematic transitions and animations
  • Updated Magic Move animations
  • New Emphasis build animations
  • Centered canvas for greater layout control
  • Use gorgeous preset styles to make your text, tables, shapes, and images look beautiful
  • Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts
  • Use new 2D bubble charts
  • Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter or Facebook
  • Anyone with the link will always have access to the latest version of the presentation and can edit it with you at iCloud.com with Keynote for iCloud beta
  • New unified file format across the Mac, iOS, and the web makes presentations work seamlessly everywhere
  • Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help

You can download the new Keynote now for free if you're an existing user, otherwise you can buy Keynote for $19.99.


Apple Pages hits 5.0, here’s a look at what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Apple Pages 5.0 iwork

Apple has updated Pages to version 5.0 as part of a bunch of refreshed iWork and iLife updates in conjunction with its Apple iPad event today. Apple's word processor sees a host of new features integrated, including new writing tools, better performance, and a new design with a bunch of Apple-designed templates. Deep iCloud integration is here as well, allowing you to access yoru documents across all your OS X and iOS devices. Here's the full list of what's new in Pages:

  • Stunning new user interface
  • Over 60 Apple-designed templates
  • Simplified toolbar gives you quick access to shapes, media, tables, charts, and sharing options
  • New Format Panel automatically updates based on selection
  • Enhanced change tracking, comments, and highlights; show and hide changes and comments on mouse-over
  • Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts
  • Use gorgeous preset styles to make your text, tables, shapes, and images look beautiful
  • Easy setup for headers, footers, and document body
  • Use new 2D bubble charts
  • Enhanced conditional highlighting makes it easy to automatically highlight cells based on numbers, text, dates, and durations
  • Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook
  • Anyone with a shared document link will always have access to the latest version of the document and can edit it with you at iCloud.com
  • Access and edit documents from iCloud.com using Pages for iCloud beta
  • New unified file format across the Mac, iOS, and the web makes documents work seamlessly everywhere
  • Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help
  • Pages is now available in Arabic and Hebrew
  • Improved support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

You can download Pages now for free if you've purchased a Mac on or after October 1, 2013, otherwise you can grab it for $19.99.


iMovie 10.0 now available, here’s a list of all the new features

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

iMovie 10.0

Up next for today's Apple software updates coming out of the Apple iPad event is iMovie. iMovie sees a redesign, and also bring in a bunch of iCloud functionality, allowing you iMovie content to be found and played back on your iOS devices, and Apple TV. Here's the full list of what's new:

  • All-new, streamlined design
  • Share clips, movies, and trailers to iMovie Theater and watch them anywhere
  • Video browsing mode with quick clip sharing
  • Adjustments Bar for easy access to video and audio controls
  • 16 new title styles
  • 14 new trailer templates from iMovie for iOS
  • Eight new movie themes from iMovie for iOS
  • Use photos in trailers
  • Plus button for quickly adding clips to your movie
  • Trim video and audio clips directly in the timeline
  • Simplified drag and drop for picture-in-picture, side-by-side, green screen, and audio-only effects
  • One-click Enhance for video and audio
  • Adjust shadows, highlights, and color temperature
  • Match the color of two clips
  • Ken Burns Effect for panorama photos
  • Improved video stabilization
  • Enhanced green screen and blue screen effect
  • Volume-aware audio ducking
  • Speed change controls in the timeline
  • Add just a portion of a song from iTunes to your movie
  • Email video clips and projects
  • Sharing support for Youku and Tudou
  • Import, analyze, and share clips in the background
  • Native support for AVCHD video
  • 64-bit support

You can find the iMovie update in the Mac App Store for free if you're an existing user. If not, you can buy iMovie for $14.99.


Apple releases major iPhoto ‘11 update, here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

iPhoto 9.5 '11

As announced during this morning's Apple iPad event, the company is also updating its entire suite of creative and productivity apps across OS X and iOS. First up, iPhoto, which is bumped to version 9.5. Below is a list of what's new:

  • 64-bit support
  • The Places feature now uses Apple maps to display photo locations
  • Adds support for iCloud Photo Sharing, including the ability to post videos to shared photo streams and the ability to have multiple subscribers contribute to a shared stream
  • Adds support for iOS 7 camera filters applied to photos imported from iOS devices
  • Includes a new, streamlined interface for printing
  • Replaces the Create menu with an updated Share menu providing access to all sharing options, including print products such as books, cards and calendars
  • Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly when sharing an edited photo from a MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to show incorrect file type and size information for imported TIFF and PSD files
  • Comment sheet now appears correctly when sharing multiple photos to a new or existing photo stream
  • Fixes an issue that caused photos with specific color profiles to display incorrectly on iOS devices after being shared via iCloud
  • Captions instead of version names are now synced between iPhoto and Facebook for newly-created albums
  • Privacy settings can now be managed when sharing photos from iPhoto to a Facebook Timeline
  • Videos up to three minutes long can now be shared to Flickr
  • Addresses an issue that could cause photos synced to iPhoto from Flickr to appear rotated incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause photos synced to iPhoto from Facebook or Flickr to be duplicated and reposted
  • URLs in the photo comments field can now be clicked to open the corresponding links
  • Improves reliability when working with custom locations in the Places feature
  • Improves reliability when copying and pasting photos to a new event
  • When a single photo is selected in an album, clicking the Trash button in the contextual menu now removes the photo from the album rather than from the library
  • Includes stability and performance improvements

You can download the new iPhoto now. If you're an existing user, the update is free. If not, you can download it for $14.99.

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OS X Mavericks now available, grab it from the App Store for free

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Apple OS X Mavericks Maps

As we noted earlier, Apple OS X Mavericks is a free update to its desktop operating system, and is a big shift in the approach in pricing for OS X. The update is available now in the Mac App Store, weighing in at 5.29GB in size. Go ahead and download it, and then grab a snack because it'll take about 45-60 minutes to do its thing. Let us know how you like it!

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OS X Mavericks will launch today, completely free

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Mavericks launch date

Update: You can download OS X Mavericks now!

At this morning's Apple iPad event, the company announced that its next major desktop operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, will launch today. It will be available exclusively in the Mac App Store, and in a huge shift for the company, it will be completely free. Mavericks brings a few cool features and optimizations to OS X--things like Apple Maps, iBooks, greatly-improved multi-monitor support, native tabbed Finder, tagging support in Finder, iCloud Keychain, and much more.

Mavericks is compatible with a wide range of Macs:

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

There you have it! Who's planning on grabbing that upgrade when it hits the App Store?

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iPhoto 9.4.7 is ready for Mavericks: Here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

iPhoto 9.4.7

As we'd mentioned earlier, Apple has pushed out the OS X 10.9 Mavericks Golden Master seed to developers. Along with the update, an update to iPhoto is also available. Here are some of the changes Apple is promoting for iPhoto 9.4.7:

  • iCloud Photo Sharing: iPhoto sports improved Photo Stream sharing, allowing you to both share photos and videos with friends and family, and subscribe to streams that have been shared with you, right in iCloud. This includes the ability to add new content to streams, comment, and more.
  • Apple Maps integration: For images with location metadata, iPhoto now uses Apple Maps to show high quality imagery of the places where your photos were taken.
  • Improved local printing: Printing off hard copies of your images has been improved with a focus on improving ease of use.
  • Photo projects: The ability to choose photos that can be used to create books, greeting cards, calendars, and more has been improved.
  • Mavericks compatibility: iPhoto is ready to take advantage of OS X Mavericks technologies and APIs.

You can grab the new version of iPhoto by updating in the Mac App Store.


OS X 10.9 Mavericks Golden Master now available to developers

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 5 13a538g

Late last night Apple released the OS X Mavericks Golden Master (GM) seed, build 13A598, to developers. When software is released as GM, that means that work has been completed, and that this is the build that will be released to consumers later this month when Mavericks launches on the Mac App Store. Alongside the Mavericks GM, Apple has also released GM seeds of Xcode 5.1, OS X Server, Remote Desktop 5.7, and iPhoto. Developers who'd like to install the new GM seed will need to visit the Developer Portal and grab a Mac App Store code. The download is roughly 5.3GB, so be sure you're on a solid broadband connection, as opposed to sipping a latte in Starbucks. As for the rest of the world, OS X Mavericks is set to launch later this month, bringing features like iBooks, Maps, Finder Tags, enhanced multi-monitor support, tabbed Finder, and more to Apple's desktop operating system.

We're also assuming that Apple will be launching its updated MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro with Retina display, and the all-new Mac Pro alongside the release of Mavericks.


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