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Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks Available for Mac Users

On October 22nd, the newest iteration of Mac OSX was released to the public. This new version is available for free, allowing the Computing Center to upgrade any eligible Apple computers on campus.

The ULM Computing Center has been reviewing the new OS for possible deployment and has deemed that we can go ahead with Faculty, Staff, and Lab upgrades of the operating system.

For anyone who wants their Mac computer updated, the computer has to meet one of the following hardware requirements:

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)

*** Please note that the new operating system will not function on any Power PC Mac.

Once OSX is updated it will also upgrade other Apple apps for free such as Aperture, iWork, and Garageband. This update is automatic. Before performing the OSX upgrade, we recommend that you research the newest version of any software that you use like this to ensure that you will be happy with the update. As of right now, if one of these programs is updated we do not know of a way to revert to the previous version; so it is imperative that you are sure about any extra software updates before the OSX upgrade.

Afterwards, if you are interested in obtaining the upgrade, or are unsure if your hardware configuration meets the requirements, please call the Helpdesk/Call Center at ext 3333 to place a help ticket. Once a ticket is placed, one of our IT specialists will contact you to arrange a time and day to perform the upgrade.

Please note that due to the large download size, the upgrade may take up to two or three hours to perform. We also recommend that you back up any critical files prior to performing any system upgrades.

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