Apple Releasing OS X Mavericks Today for Free

While Apple was expected to announce the launch date for OS X Mavericks during its media event on Tuesday, the price was a surprise: free. Apple said Mavericks will be available for download today and no cost, and it will support computers as far back as the 2007 iMac and MacBook Pro.

OS X Mavericks ships for free todayOS X Mavericks ships for free today

OS X Mavericks includes several new features such as iBooks support, improved full screen app support, desktop spanning support for AirPlay through Apple TV, better overall performance and battery life, file and folder tagging, iCloud Keychain syncing, Maps, and more.

Previous versions of OS X were priced at US$19.99. Upgrading to Mavericks won't require users to pay for updates even if they're running a version of OS X prior to Mountain Lion. It will be available as a downloadable installer at Apple's Mac App Store.

Apple's media event is still underway at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Be sure to follow along with The Mac Observer's live coverage of the event for more announcements.