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Can My Mac Run OS X 10.9 Mavericks

10 June 2013 9,946 views 7 Comments

Apple today made OS X 10.9 Mavericks [13A476u] available to developers. For the rest of us, the question of the hour is “Can my Mac run OS X 10.9 Mavericks?” Surprisingly, if your Mac is OS X Mountain Lion compatible, the answer is yes!

OS X v10.9 supports the following 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

See also: Join the conversation on the OS X 10.9 Facebook page

Although you can run Mavericks with just 2GB RAM, most observers recommend at least 4GB of memory, while creamy smooth happens at 8GB.

That said, your Mac will need to be running OS X 10.6.8 or later in order to upgrade your Mac to OS X 10.9. If you have a compatible Mac and need to upgrade to Snow Leopard, you can purchase OS X 10.6.x on DVD from Apple — buy it now.

And, just for giggles, let’s compare the above to the OS X Mountain Lion compatibility list:

• iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
• MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
• MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
• MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
• Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
• Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
• Xserve (Early 2009)

It’s pretty cool that a whole range of six-year-old Macs will be compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks — Thanks, Apple!

Like the OS X 10.9 Mavericks Facebook Page — hot news, rumors and reviews of Apple’s newest desktop operating system.

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  • Simon Royal said:

    That is such good news. Mean my 2009 MacBook should run it.


  • the rocr (author) said:

    Yeah, I agree. My ancient 2007 iMac will run it, too!

  • Ian said:

    too bad mine is a Mac Book early 2008 :(

  • iOS 7 Ready: What You Need to Do said:

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  • Ohm said:

    I want front row back please….

  • the rocr (author) said:

    It’s not compatible with Mavericks. I use Plex Media, which works nicely with my Roku (http://fairerplatform.com/2013/04/review-roku-lt-plex-media-server/). Other folks very much like XBMC (http://fairerplatform.com/2013/05/mac-update-xbmc/), which is Apple TV compatible.

  • Martin said:

    Yes, Front Row seems to be dead. But this is nothing new since Mac OS X 10.7.

    Plex is in my opinion not really an alternative to Front Row. It is a cool looking application, but very different to Front Row. I would like to suggest another application: it is called nessMediaCenter and it is inspired by Front Row.

    It is based entirely on Mac OS X functionality, offers direct access to picture and movie folder or volumes, supports application media like Aperture, EyeTV, iPhoto, iTunes (including DRM aka bought or rented movies from the App Store), Miro video podcasts and internet content like movie trailers… and it displays DVDs and EyeTV movies as files (and not as folders).

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