Don't-Miss Stories

Mavericks Library folder

How to view the ~/Library folder in Mavericks

Ever since Lion (OS X 10.7), Apple has hidden your personal Library folder (~/Library) by default. In Lion and Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), you could make the folder visible, but it required some work. In Mavericks (OS X 10.9), it's a simple, easily accessible setting.

Where to buy an old Mac Pro

Apple has removed the tower Mac Pro from the regular online Apple Store, which means its days of availability are numbered. But if you're still looking for the Mac tower, there are a few places you can dig one up.

The Macalope: Who's driving this bus?

Who's leading who to free operating systems?

Get your Mac ready for Mavericks thumbnail

Get your Mac ready for Mavericks (OS X 10.9)

Like Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) and Lion (OS X 10.7) before it, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is as easy to install as downloading an installer from the Mac App Store and double-clicking. But there are still some things you should do before downloading Mavericks to ensure that your Mac is ready and that the upgrade process goes smoothly.

Mavericks installer icon

How to make a bootable Mavericks install drive

Though you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9) directly from your Mac's hard drive, a bootable installer drive can be more convenient for installing the OS onto multiple Macs. And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer makes a handy emergency drive. We walk you through the process of creating such a drive, step-by-step.

Mavericks installer icon

Installing Mavericks: What you need to know

Mavericks (OS X 10.9) is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Mac App Store. This method of distribution is convenient, but it’s not without challenges and questions. Here’s a comprehensive look at the details of downloading, installing, and setting up Apple’s lastest OS. We also take a look at some of the upgrade obstacles you might face.

Mavericks installer icon

Should you do a "clean install" of Mavericks?

Some Mac users choose to perform a "clean install" of each major new version of OS X, erasing their drive and starting over. Here’s a look at whether or not that's possible when installing Mavericks and, more important, whether it’s advisable.

Mavericks installer icon

How to install Mavericks over Leopard

Apple says you need either Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), Lion (OS X 10.7), or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) installed before you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9). But there are situations in which you may have a valid license for one of these prerequisite versions, but your Mac still has Leopard (OS X 10.5) installed. Here's how to save some time, and reduce the hassle, by upgrading directly from Leopard to Mavericks.

Mavericks installer icon

Installing Mavericks: Our complete guide

The latest version of OS X, 10.9 Mavericks, is here. But before you rush to install Mavericks, you'll want to check out our in-depth guide to preparing your Mac for the new OS, downloading and installing it, creating a bootable backup of the installer, and more.

Mac Pro 2013 CPUs

New 2013 Mac Pro to ship in December

During Tuesday's Apple event, the company announced that its radically updated workstation Mac will be available at end of the year.