Can your Mac run Mavericks?

Can your Mac run Mavericks?

Although much of the focus of Apple's World Wide Developers Conference has been on the updates coming to the iPhone and iPad through the next generation of the company's mobile device operating system, Apple also wowed the crowds with the latest version of its desktop operating system, OSX Mavericks, the first release in 10 years not to be named after a big cat.

Some of the new features, such as native compatibility with multiple monitors, and integrated maps and notification apps that share alerts and info automatically with other Apple devices were extremely impressive, as was its ability to minimize processor strain and power drain -- crucial when running on a notebook or ultrabook and without a power socket nearby.

Following the keynote on Monday, Apple has confirmed on which existing desktop and notebook Mac computers the latest version of OSX will run.

They are:

iMac - mid 2007 models, onwards
13-inch aluminium MacBook - late 2008 models, onwards
13-inch MacBook Pro mid-2009 models, onwards
15-inch macBook Pro mid-2007 models, onwards
17-inch MacBook Pro, late 2007 models,  onwards
MacBook Air - late 2008 models, onwards
Mac Mini - 2009 models, onwards
Mac Pro - 2008 models, onwards

However, in order to upgrade to Mavericks when it is officially launched this autumn, a computer will need to already be running OSX 10.6.7 (Snow Leopard) or later, and have a minimum of 8GB of free disk space available for the install.

Apple has also published a very detailed PDF file on its site offering a complete breakdown of the core technologies that will feature in OSX Mavericks.