Yesterday evening I took the early adopter plunge and upgraded to Mac OS X Mavericks. My primary curiosity (as well as most others) was the battery life management. I followed the very useful preparatory tips on CNET, and clicked on Install in AppStore.
|Mavericks Beach by Shalom Jacobovitz via Wikimedia Commons|
How did it go? The upgrade was seamless, and took a total of 1 hour (including the 30 minutes of downloading the OS from AppStore). The installer reported two incompatible apps - Paralels, which I'm not using anyway (just installed a trial once and forgot it) and Onyx, which will be upgraded soon.
My aftermarket SSD continued running happily with TRIM enabled, which is great news, and Safari seems blazing fast. Even some AppStore games are still running well.
Currently my only gripe with Mavericks is the power button. In the great tradition of Steve Jobs, you can't reconfigure the function of the power button, it defaults to sleep and you need to make a long press to force a shutdown. No way to change it. As the great late Steve said:
people don't know what they want until you show it to them.
Was this a good decision? Probably a risky one, to say the least. My usual approach is to wait for the first patchlevel before installing an operating system. I took this step only because I have multiple backups of all important documents on the laptop, and I also have a big set of backup computers.
Should you upgrade to OS X Mavericks? If your hardware and OS level support the free upgrade path, yes. You may want to wait for some months if your Mac is essential and you'll have a lot of grief if it starts failing. You benefit from latest OS on your hardware, and any further development and security support will be focused towards this platform.
Just check whether your apps will run on it or you need to spend a lot of money on new versions, and make a backup!
Will you upgrade to Mavericks? Tell us in the comments!