I skipped the OS X Mountain Lion upgrade, but now I can jump right into Mavericks for free. Well, I won’t jump right in, actually… there will be bugs in the first release version… but pretty soon.
Apple is after the dwindling desktop crowd, hoping for some slippage in Windows domination. To that end, Mac computers are not only getting the latest operating system for free, they get GarageBand for free, too. Buyers of new Macs get free iWorks, a suite of office apps to rival MS Office.