Like many of you, I really want to love Apple’s recent OS release, Mac OS 10.9, better known under its code name Mavericks. During the last keynote presentation when Apple announced the free availability of Mac OS 10.9, they made it look like a seamless transition with a lot of bells and whistles coming over from iOS. Everything in this OS had been improved and new features had been added, to make it even more smoothly, less painful. At least in theory.

But Apple didn’t test all apps they introduced with Mac OS 10.9 with beta users. The apps Pages, Keynote and Numbers were so drastically reduced in functionality, that they are currently unusable for small business owners who relied on them as an office suite.

Then there’s the case of iBooks.

Some of the more severe issues that showed up with the introduction of iBooks on Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks:

  1. iBooks stores ebooks in a folder hidden in the bowels of the User Library
  2. You cannot move the library to a different directory or hard drive, as you can with the iTunes music or movie library
  3. Meta data editing was available with books management in iTunes; it has been removed in iBooks
  4. Apparently there is no longer a way to import ebooks to iBooks on Mac OS that were not purchased through the iBooks Store, as it was the case with iTunes
  5. This means you can also not import your PDFs into iBooks, as it was the case with iTunes
  6. There was an option to select which books you wanted to transfer from iTunes to your iPad or iPhone, now with iBooks on Mac OS 10.9, there is no way to manage read and unread books

In my experience the app freezes shortly after opening. But from the comments in Apple discussion forums I learned there are a whole lot more issues I wasn’t even able to look into, because iBooks crashed before I could do something with it.

With problems in Mail, iTunes, Pages, Keynote, Numbers and now iBooks piling up, I have to admit this release looks like it was pushed out of the door too early. I rarely say this, but Mavericks may be to date the messiest introduction of an OS in Apple’s history.

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