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My MacBook® (covers OS X Mavericks on MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air), Fourth Edition by John Ray

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Prologue: Getting Started with the MacBook

This book explains how your MacBook and the latest edition of the OS X operating system, Mavericks, are used to create your ideal working environment. If you’ve never worked with a Mac before, OS X is the name applied to Apple’s desktop operating system—like “Windows” on a PC. iPhones and iPads run iOS, and Macintosh computers run OS X.

Apple has a long tradition of naming the releases of OS X after large cats, but has started something new with Mavericks—place names. In case you’re interested, Mavericks refers to a prime surfing spot in California. It was named after a dog—Maverick—and is meant as a possessive (that is, Maverick’s spot).

Thankfully, surfing experience is not necessary to use an operating ...

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