Gatekeeper added to testing list
Apple has posted a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 for developers and AppleSeed participants, identified as build 13F18. Testing areas remain largely the same -- including Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt, and USB/USB smart cards -- but with the addition of Gatekeeper, Apple's app-signing security measure. "Signatures created with OS X version 10.8.5 or earlier ('v1 signatures') are obsoleted and will no longer be recognized by Gatekeeper," Apple reminds the developer audience. "To ensure your apps will run on updated versions of OS X they must be signed using the codesign tool on OS X version 10.9 or later ('v2 signatures')."
Focus areas remain same as second release
Apple is now seeding a third beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The software has a 13F14 build number, and focus areas identical to the previous beta. Developers are asked to test Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt support, and USB/USB smart cards.
Thunderbolt added to listing of testing areas
Apple has begun distributing a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers, available via the Mac App Store or the Mac Developer Center. The code is listed as build 13F12. In addition to Safari, graphics, and USB/USB smart card issues highlighted in the first beta, Apple is now also asking users to test out Thunderbolt connections.
Essentially requires all apps be recompiled for Mavericks to avoid Gatekeeper trap
A upcoming change in the way the OS X security feature Gatekeeper works is essentially going to force developers to re-build and re-"sign" their applications and submit updates to Apple for programs that need to run in Mavericks or Yosemite. The upcoming change for security purposes only affects those running the forthcoming 10.9.5 or later, but cause cause apps that aren't updated to "break" (not launch) except through bypassing Gatekeeper, which most users will be loathe to do. The change will not force users to update their OS versions.
Testing concentrates on Safari, USB, graphics bugs
Apple has started seeding the first beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The code is listed as built 13F7, and available through the Developer Center. Users are asked to focus testing on just a handful of areas, including Safari, graphics, and USB, including smart cards.
Fixes an issue that caused fans to ramp up, also cures wake-from-sleep issues
On Monday, Apple posted an EFI update specifically aimed at the mid-2011 model MacBook Airs that are running OS X 10.9.2 (Mavericks) or later. The update addresses two wake-from-sleep issues: one in which the computer would take longer than expected to wake from sleep, and the other (more rare) issue of cooling fans ramping up to full speed on waking from sleep. Owners must meet both conditions (mid-2011 MBA, and running Mavericks 10.9.2 or later) for the update to apply.
Solves issues with video editors, multiple displays
This Monday's OS X 10.9.4 update appears to have made undocumented fixes to rendering problems with the 2013 Mac Pro, users say. Under v10.9.3, people running video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve were encountering problems such as crashes, freezes, pink and green lines in exported clips, and videos stalling during the export process. Posts on Adobe and Blackmagic's forums indicate that after updating OS X, video output is back to normal.
Builds in Safari 7.0.5
In addition to iOS 7.1.2, Apple has issued the final version of OS X 10.9.4 via Mavericks' Software Update feature. Like its sibling, v10.9.4 deals exclusively with bugfixes. It solves a glitch preventing Macs from automatically connecting to recognized Wi-Fi networks, as well as the reliability of waking a computer from sleep mode.
Feature's coverage still expanding
Apple has extended coverage of Maps' Flyover feature to two more locations. The most important of these is the Japanese capital of Tokyo, where people can now see 3D views of scenery like the Tokyo Tower or the Imperial Palace. In the United States, Maps users can toggle Flyover for the canyons of Utah's Zion National Park.
Build 13E19 also available to members of public Beta Seed Program
On Thursday, Apple offered a new weekly beta of the upcoming OS X 10.9.4 update for Mavericks, once again fixing minor bugs and offering small tweaks as the release shapes up. The new build, 13E19, follows eight days after the previous version, 13E16. Both ask testers to focus on any issues with graphics drivers, Safari, Bluetooth, the App Store, Finder and audio drivers. The new beta is available both to registered developers and members of the public Beta Seed Program.
New betas expand areas for developers to test; OS X Server also updated
Two weeks after its initial OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta, Apple has sent out a second one for both the client and OS X Server versions. The latest Mavericks developer build, 13E16, expands areas of interest for developer testing beyond the usual graphics drivers and Safari to include Bluetooth, audio drivers, the App Store and Finder. A Safari 6.1.5 beta for older systems was also issued, with requests for testers to focus on general website and extension compatibility.
May help to support 4K on MacBook Pro
A subtler change with OS X 10.9.3 is an increase in the available VRAM for newer Macs, reports note. Certain machines -- including the 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, and 2013 and 2014 MacBook Airs -- now have access to 1,536MB of VRAM (1.5GB) instead of 1,024. The difference can be spotted by going to OS X's System Information pane.
Responsive text-to-speech software now available for Mac, Microsoft Office
Upward Spiral Software has released its text-to-speech software, TalkButton, for OS X. Capable of speaking text within Microsoft Word as well as in Pages, Preview, TextEdit, a web browser, and more, TalkButton reads text aloud for those interested in an audio interpretation due to vision impairment, learning disabilities, or multi-tasking. Users can control the speaking voice based on gender, accent and language, and the speech audio can be paused, repeated, accelerated, and recorded via iTunes. In addition, TalkButton can echo keyboard presses, meaning that a user can listen to each character, word or sentence as it is typed to ensure accuracy. Compatible with OS X 10.7 or later, TalkButton is priced at $30 with a free 30-day trial.
Dell, Panasonic monitors added to compatibility list
Following the release of OS X 10.9.3,, Apple has updated a document on using 4K displays with 2013 models of the Mac Pro and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Apple mentions that several new monitors are supported, including the Panasonic TC-L65WT600, and Dell's UP2414Q and UP3214Q. Prior to v10.9.3, only the Sharp PN-K321 and ASUS PQ321Q were officially compatible.
Terminal command may offer temporary fix
Yesterday's OS X 10.9.3 update contains a bug that is hiding the Users folder for some people, accounts say. The folder is essential in OS X, since it contains the home folder and personal files for each user account. Those files are still typically accessible through sidebar tabs, but the hiding of the folder itself may still cause problems.
Snow Leopard dropped from latest driver updates
On Thursday, Apple updated its drivers for Canon printer, scanner and AIO products for Macs running OS X 10.7.x (Lion), Mountain Lion (10.8.x) or Mavericks (10.9.x). The updates are likely to already be included in the forthcoming 10.9.3 update, and updates every currently-available driver alongside adding new support for new models. This is the first time that no Snow Leopard version of a driver update has been available.
Public release could hit as soon as this week
Apple is seeding another new build of OS X 10.9.3 to AppleCare workers, listed as build 13D62. The previous internal build was 13D59; developers, by contrast, are still on 13D55, at least three builds behind the latest release. Change notes included with 13D62 haven't changed since the ones bundled with 13D57.
Release notes appear to finalize changes
Apple is seeding a new internal build of OS X 10.9.3 to its workers, 13D57, sources say. While there don't appear to be any major changes since the last public beta, the new code is the first to include formal release notes, detailing exactly what v10.9.3 is meant to fix. Release notes are typically a sign that Apple is on the verge of launching an OS X update.
Includes direct support for new top-level domains for Mavericks, Mountain Lion
Alongside updates for the iWork apps for iCloud, OS X and iOS, Apple on Tuesday released version 7.0.3 (for Mavericks) and 6.1.3 (for Mountain Lion) of its Safari browser. The new release, which only had two betas released to developers before going final, adds enhanced push notification settings and direct support for some new top-level domains (which could previously only be accessed through a search). The update also addresses a few credit card autofill and security issues.
Testing focus remains unchanged
A new beta of OS X 10.9.3 is being seeded to developers, 13D28, accounts say. In release notes Apple asks for testing to continue in the same areas: audio, graphics drivers, Safari, and USB sync of contacts and calendars via iTunes. The updated beta follows an internal Apple-only distribution.
Free upgrade pushes
Five months after launch, Mavericks has already grabbed slightly over 40 percent of all North American OS X usage, according to web traffic data from ad network Chitika. By comparison, Mountain Lion is currently sitting at just 21 percent, and took 14 months to hit a peak of 34 percent. Lion and Snow Leopard each account for 18 percent of OS X usage at present; Leopard has shrunk to one percent, and Tiger and a miscellaneous "other" category each have one percent shares.
Developer-only betas focus on site compatibility, push notifications, more
Following its release earlier today of a 10.9.3 Mavericks preview and iTunes 11.1.6 beta, Apple has added new Safari betas for developers to test. The pre-release builds, versions 6.1.3 and 7.0.3 (Lion/Mountain Lion and Mavericks, respectively), are expected to accompany the release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 when it emerges from beta.
iTunes update returns local calendar and contact sync
Apple has begun seeding new pre-release betas of OS X 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.1.6 within the company. Of the two the latter is the most significant, since it's the first v11.1.6 beta and makes a critical change to iTunes, restoring the ability to sync contact and calendar information to iOS devices via a Mac. The alternative for affected people has been using iCloud sync or manual entry.
Appears intended to support 4K displays
The OS X 10.9.3 beta supports new graphics scaling options which appear aimed at supporting 4K displays, users say. While a Mac Pro or Retina MacBook Pro can connect to a 4K monitor, they normally do so at resolutions up to 4096x2160 at 24Hz, which results in OS X's interface being spread out and shrunk, and choppiness in the case of things like the mouse cursor. The MacBook Pro can alternately use 3840x2160 at 30Hz, but this isn't an improvement.
Graphics, audio requested as areas of focus in new build
Slightly less than two weeks after the public release of OS X 10.9.2, which brought FaceTime audio calling, Mail improvements and an important security fix to Mavericks, Apple is seeding the first beta of OS X 10.9.3, build 13D12, to developers. The brief release notes mention that developers are requested to focus on audio and graphic drivers in their testing. The previous update was released after approximately 14 weeks of testing across seven betas.
SSL fix present but undocumented
(Updated with Safari, security updates for Lion, Mountain Lion) Following a long beta-testing period, Apple has released the finished v10.9.2 update for owners of OS X Mavericks. The software primarily adds support for FaceTime audio calls in both the FaceTime app and Messages. The two apps have also gained contact blocking, allowing people to screen out individual users.
Update expected to include FaceTime improvements, fix for SSL vulnerability
Apple has started seeding a pre-release version of OS X 10.9.2 to some of its own staff, sources tell AppleInsider. The code is listed as build 13C64, and is thought to foreshadow an imminent public release. Significantly the update is said to include a number of important changes, including the ability to block individuals in Messages, audio calls and call waiting for FaceTime, and a promised fix for SSL security.
No significant changes listed; rumors of early March release continue
Apple on Wednesday released its sixth OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks beta to develops right on schedule, using a build number exactly six digits higher than last weeks'. The new update lists no significant changes, and again asks developers to focus their testing on Mail, Messages, SMB2, graphics drivers, VoiceOver and VPN. The company has been battling mostly-minor but annoying issues with its re-written Mail program, and bug fixing continues on that.
No final release date, no significant changes from previous beta
Developers can now download the fifth version of OS X Mavericks 10.9.2, an upcoming maintenance release, from Software Update through their registered developer accounts, or from the Apple developer portal. The latest update has no significant changes in the release notes, but again asks developers to focus on networking, Mail, Messages, VoiceOver, VPN and graphics drivers. The new build, 13C53, comes one week after the previous release.
Email client not fetching new messages as intended
Apple has posted a new support article explaining a temporary workaround for people having trouble with Mail in OS X Mavericks. When the OS was first released, some users had problems with Mail like the app failing to fetch messages or properly move and delete them. Many of those glitches were fixed by the release of OS X 10.9.1, but some people are still having trouble getting the app to fetch messages without quitting and restarting.
Forthcoming update edges closer to release, continues to fix issues
Late on Thursday, and just a week after the previous release, Apple has seeded a fourth beta of the upcoming OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks to developers, again focusing on issues in Mail (specifically related to Smart Mailboxes and Gmail compatibility), Messages, graphic drivers, VoiceOver and VPN. In addition, Apple has asked developers to test SMB2 network file sharing, which replaced the long-standing Apple File Protocol when Mavericks was released.
New Mavericks update focuses on Mail, Safari on tabbed browsing
Amidst a slew of other updates, Apple has also issued a new beta version of OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks alongside a new beta of Safari 6.1.2. This third revision of Apple's new OS is build 13C44, and MacNN has learned that it is likely nowhere near a final, bug-free public release.
Requires Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, fixes Profile Manager issue
Just days after its latest update to the forthcoming Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, Apple has also released an updated OS X Server v3.1 for developer testing. The new build, 13S4076F, is said to address a problem with the Profile Manager in which syntax errors appear in migration SQL. The new version can only run on the current beta of 10.9.2, which is also developer-only.
Problem reproduced -- no Wacom supplied fix provides relief
Widespread reports are surfacing of some sort of incompatibility between Wacom's driver package, OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," and Adobe Creative Cloud products. Users are reporting serious lag between input and recognition, crashes from Creative Cloud, and extremely high CPU usage, often necessitating a reboot to regain system stability. As of yet, there is no official fix from Wacom, other than a reinstallation of the driver, which does not seem to fix the problem.
OS X 10.9.2 build distributed to developers, with focus on Mail issues
On Thursday, Apple seeded a new build of the forthcoming OS X 10.9.2 update to developers, a month after the first one. The new build, 13C39, continues to focus on issues within Mail, as well as VPN functions, Messages, graphic drivers and VoiceOver. The revamped Mail introduced in Mavericks has had a number of issues with Gmail compatibility and problems with Smart Mailboxes, along with other more minor issues. The update is available through Software Update or Apple's developer portal (registered developer account required).
Public release timing remains unclear
[Updated with more details] Apple has released the first OS X 10.9.2 beta build, enabling registered developers to begin testing the update ahead of public availability. The build arrives just a few days after Apple began distributing the release version of Mavericks 10.9.1, which brought changes to the Mail client and a number of bug fixes. The new release is the first to bring FaceTime audio to the Messages and FaceTime programs for the Mac.
restoring lost mail messages in Mavericks
It has been rather quiet this week in the MacNN forums, however there are still unresolved issues plaguing many users. Yesterday, one Forum Regular realized that a bunch of emails that had been stored on iCloud have gone missing. After using Time Machine they discovered a claimed 500GB of lost messages, but they are unable to restore them. One frustrated forum-goer turned to the forums looking for help with ongoing DropBox issues.
Workers prepped to deal with update's changes
Apple is now seeding the latest build of OS X 10.9.1 -- 13B40 -- to AppleCare workers, a report says. The code reached developers Tuesday night, but its distribution to AppleCare is believed to be more significant, since it implies that the software is close enough to completion that AppleCare workers can start familiarizing themselves. A finished update might therefore reach the public within the next week or two.
Free upgrade spurs quick adoption
Mavericks is already the predominant version of OS X in use by the public, according to November tracking data from Net Applications. During that month, Mavericks' share rose from 0.84 percent to 2.42 percent of the Mac's total global share of 7.55 percent. Mountain Lion's share, meanwhile, plummeted from 3.31 percent to 1.85, while Lion dipped from 1.56 percent to 1.34. Leopard and Snow Leopard, already marginal platforms, dropped only slightly, slipping from 0.33 and 1.6 percent to 0.32 and 1.53 percent, respectively.
NeoFinder update optimized for Mavericks, adds new organizing options
NeoFinder, a file management and cataloging desktop app known formerly by the name CDFinder, has received an update and is now offered as a native 64-bit application. NeoFinder assists users in keeping track of digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, DVD-ROMs, CD-ROMs, and other media. Version 6.4 is certified to run under Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and subsequently is able to integrate the new Finder Tags. The new Movie Contact Sheet generates a customizable preview of one or multiple selected movie files as graphic, and NeoFinder can also index Adobe XMP metadata for movie files. Other notable new features includes the ability to catalog ZIP archive files larger than 4 GB, a new FLAC file parser, and numerous bug fixes. Available as a free update for NeoFinder customers, new users of NeoFinder 6.4 can purchase the software for $40.
Mavericks and Image Capture, a love story?
This week in the MacNN forums, one Fresh-Faced Recruit who had recently upgraded to Mavericks (and claims it's the worst thing they've done since they started using computers) is hoping to find a happy ending to their troubled story as Image Capture stopped working. Today, "Hawkeye_a" was looking for some 3D animation software for the Mac that was free or cheap so that he could use it to get back into 3D animating as a hobby -- a solution has yet to be found.
Mail, graphics problems among focus areas
Apple has seeded the first OS X 10.9.1 beta to developers, reports say. In release notes, the company asks developers to concentrate testing on Mail, graphics drivers, and VoiceOver accessibility. The code is listed as build 13B27.
Mavericks Mail update fixes Gmail glitches
Apple has released an update for the Mail application in OS X Mavericks that corrects issues users were experiencing in syncing the app with their Gmail accounts. The update, first rumored on Monday, "improves stability and compatibility with Gmail, and includes fixes for users with custom Gmail settings." The update is a 32.46MB download, and it is available from Apple's Support Pages.
Mail, iBooks patches also on the way, 10.10 also continues testing
Apple is said to be working on two concurrent Mavericks updates, 10.9.1 and 10.9.2, according to reports. The first of the updates will likely see release later this month to address bugs found in the first Mavericks release. In addition, the company plans updates for some individual apps, including iBooks and Mail, both of which have seen reports of performance problems for some but not all users. Apple is meanwhile continuing to test the next major OS X release, 10.10.
How to remove dock shelf in Mavericks?
One Fresh-Faced Recruit recently upgraded to Mavericks, but was disappointed to see that there was no way of removing the dock shelf. Another new member was also looking for a way to do this, but a solution has yet to be found. Yesterday Forum Regular "Topaz" was looking for a way to transfer photos from an iPhone to their iMac and hoped that fellow forum members could point them in the right direction.
Joins previously-rumored Mail update
Apple is preparing updates to several core apps in OS X Mavericks, sources say. The people note that Apple is now seeding new versions of Safari, iBooks, and Remote Desktop to its workers, as well as a previously-rumored Mail update. The Safari code is identified as v7.0.1, and expected to provide a number of bugfixes. The same description applies to iBooks 1.0.1, and Remote Desktop 3.7.1.
Wi-Fi problems in Mavericks and more
Today in the MacNN forums, one concerned Mac Pro owner took to the forums after unsuccessfully trying to determine the cause of Wi-Fi problems after upgrading to Mavericks. "How much faster are the new Macbooks?" asks Junior Member "Wayland" yesterday, sparking a discussion about the most recent upgrades to the MBP lineup.
New anomalies, bugs apparently slipped through testing
AppleSeed developers are being contacted by Apple by email asking for help in testing an updated Mail application for OS X Mavericks. Some users have reported issues with the program including messages not correctly being marked "read" or "unread," odd GMail folder behavior and undoing operations, among other issues. The problems don't appear to affect all users of Mavericks, but bug reports have apparently been persistent enough to warrant urgent correction.
WD suggests uninstalling company-provided drive management tools
Storage manufacturer Western Digital has informed registered customers that users of its external hard drive line with accompanying drive management software may experience data loss and other problems when using the hardware with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Western Digital has warned users to immediately uninstall WD Drive Manager, WD RAID Manager, and WD SmartWare for the best chance of not losing data.
Political divisions continue to impact app
Taiwan's foreign ministry has issued a complaint to Apple about the way the country is characterized in Maps, reports say. In both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Maps lists Taiwan as a province of China. "The maps don't acknowledge Taiwan as its own nation. We voiced our disapproval and hope Apple will make the change," a ministry official states. While many Taiwanese consider themselves independent, the Chinese government considers the country a possession, which in the past has led to political conflict and threats of war. Apple has yet to respond on the matter.