Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 18:41 UTC
Mac OS X

Apple has released OS X 10.9 Mavericks - for free - so it's that time again: John Siracusa's excellent OS X review.

According to Apple, Mavericks has a dual focus. Its first and most important goal is to extend battery life and improve responsiveness. Secondarily, Mavericks aims to add functionality that will appeal to "power users" (Apple's words), a group that may be feeling neglected after enduring two releases of OS X playing iOS dress-up.

Is that enough for Mavericks to live up to its major-release version number and to kick off the next phase of OS X's life? Let's find out.

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Pressed to use iCloud?
by markus on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 21:16 UTC
markus
Member since:
2006-01-14

Recently I heard that using Mavericks it is not possible to sync contacts and calendars with iOS Devices via iTunes, but I will need to put my private data on iCloud. Even if Mavericks is free I would not use it if that is true!

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RE: Pressed to use iCloud?
by Morgan on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 22:55 in reply to "Pressed to use iCloud?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

My understanding is that that is just speculation from rumors started on official Apple forums. According to this link, all you will need is the latest version of iTunes, shipping with the OS and downloadable separately:

http://fairerplatform.com/2013/09/os-x-mavericks-dp-8/

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RE: Pressed to use iCloud?
by daveak on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 23:08 in reply to "Pressed to use iCloud?"
daveak Member since:
2008-12-29

Now you mention it I don't see those options anymore here, not sure if they disappeared with an iTunes update or Mavericks.

apt-get install calendarserver on a Pi and you get a nice CardDAV server you could run on your home network to sync with.

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RE: Pressed to use iCloud?
by d3vi1 on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 03:52 in reply to "Pressed to use iCloud?"
d3vi1 Member since:
2006-01-28

Recently I heard that using Mavericks it is not possible to sync contacts and calendars with iOS Devices via iTunes, but I will need to put my private data on iCloud. Even if Mavericks is free I would not use it if that is true!

I don't think that you can't sync contacts anymore, the option is available for me (though grayed out as i use iCloud).
You can also use Yahoo! or Google or another CardDAV Server including your own.

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RE: Pressed to use iCloud?
by markus on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 13:10 in reply to "Pressed to use iCloud?"
markus Member since:
2006-01-14

I just verified that iTunes 11.1.2 running on Mountain Lion allows to synchronize contacts and calendars, iTunes 11.1.2 on Mavericks does not.
First I think it is a bad idea to force users to put private data in the cloud, second it looks to me that this "free" update in reality is just meant to force users using iCloud.

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