Having installed it at home for light use and at work for heavy use, it’s apparent that OS X Mavericks still has some rough edges. However, we’re hoping to see them smoothed out in the operating system’s update, which was released yesterday in the form of the 10.9.1 version. We’ll keep you posted on our findings with the update.
But in the mean time, here are some of the issues we’ve come across:
- Overall flakiness on seemingly random items.
- Issues with date and time retention. OWC Mike H.’s clock displayed 6:03 p.m. for 40 minutes one Monday, and it still showed the same time the following morning. A restart fixed the issue.
- Odd issues with Mail and Finder when dragging and dropping attachments, and even when using “save as” options.
- Finder needing abrupt restarts to function properly.
This isn’t to say it’s all bad, we’ve just come across quirks when pressing the OS for work-based tasks and multi-tasking. Previous versions of OS X were much more solid.
One very good aspect of Mavericks, however, is Safari’s responsiveness. The web browser is back to feeling like it did before the previous heavy update, which slowed it down some. When testing emails with more than 90 links in them, 90 Safari windows opened without a hitch. Of course, we also enjoy the better performance and memory handling, and longer battery life that Mavericks offers.
But we would definitely like to see its smaller quirks removed. It just feels a little un-Apple-like to have this many issues. Perhaps Apple was just extremely aggressive with the new features and bit off more they could chew, and stability suffered in certain areas. Mavericks has had the highest upgrade rate among any OS X version, likely due to Apple making it free for the first time. So there are sure to be others experiencing similar issues with the OS.
Apple has made a lot of under-the-hood changes with this iteration of OS X, and we can’t wait until they work some of the kinks out of Mavericks – hopefully with the 10.9.1 update – so we can all experience the OS at its best.
We’ll keep you posted on whether the update makes our beloved OS X the rock solid operating system we’ve come to know.