Apple surprised many with its announcement on Tuesday that, not only would OS X Mavericks be made available for a lot of older Macs that previously did not have upgrade paths, but that it would be a free upgrade.
As a result, the latest Mac OS is being adopted much faster than previous versions.
Online Ad Network Chitika reports that 5.5% of Mac users upgraded within the first 24 hours, vs 1.6% who upgraded within the first 24 hours with the last release:
Free is good and so is supporting older hardware. But does it make sense for musicians to upgrade now or to wait?
Is It Safe For Musicians To Upgrade To OS X Mavericks?
We’ve updated an older test machine and have not encountered any problems. But we recommend waiting a few months, with any major OS update, before upgrading music production computers, to allow vendors to test their products against final production OS releases. Music workstations tend to be more complex systems, with more software and hardware dependencies, than the systems of typical computer users, so there are more chances for conflicts.
We have not seen much in the way of warnings, yet, from vendors about the new release yet. But Avid says to wait to upgrade to Mavericks if you’re a user of Media Composer, Pro Tools and Sibelius.
Let us know what you think about updating music workstations to Mavericks below. And, if you’ve already updated, leave a comment and let us know what works or doesn’t work for you!