OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review - John Siracusa

OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review

Artist John Siracusa

  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Operating Systems
Score: 4.5
From 194 Ratings


Ars Technica provides an in-depth look at OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

John Siracusa has been reviewing OS X for Ars Technica since 1999.  The tenth major release receives his usual, thorough treatment.  Learn what’s new in Mavericks: the features, the applications, and the technologies and philosophies that underpin them, all within the historical context of the Mac platform, with a special eye towards the ongoing influence of iOS.


  • nothing better

    By iPodphile
    Siracusa does it again.
  • Great read!

    By bobcat409ss
    I am a first time reader of this author and was extremely impressed. I will be looking for more works by John.
  • Yearly release?

    By shyest2
    Siracusa wonders if yearly releases are hampering Apple from truly revolutionizing OS X standbys like the Finder. I wonder what Siracusa's razor sharp yearly focus to one of the least exciting things coming out of Cupertino, is keeping him from. It really says something that it took me a month to finish this review, pouring over every link and detail. Without doubt, these yearly reviews are worth their weight in gold to anyone with a genuine interest in not only OS X but what Apple is thinking behind the scenes. I just wonder what else Siracusa could do if he slept a bit more and put those thousand hours of writing towards something new between WWDC and the end of fall each year.
  • Another Gem

    By prenagha
    Another gem from Siracusa. Support John buy purchasing the book.
  • The King of OS X Reviews

    By Jred17
    After reading all of Siracusa's reviews since 10.3, I had high expectations for the newest installment. Absolutely was not disappointed!
  • The measure to which all others need measure

    By gsfprez
    This is the definitive review. If not only because he didn't throw the raccoon away...
  • Another winner in a long line of reviews

    By whargrove
    John’s perspective and analysis is un-paralleled. Read this review.
  • So, so good.

    By Jaggity Joe
    Wonderful description of Mavericks. John adds wonderful long-term perspective (he’s been doing this for a long time) and excellent opinionated commentary. I laughed out lound a few times and was smiling so much while reading the final paragraph. Thank you John for doing this for us.
  • Excellent review.

    By AppMaster69
    Extremely informative.
  • Simply delightful.

    By Peter Vandermeer
    A pleasure to digest.