Apple on Tuesday released OS X Mavericks 10.9.2, a long-awaited updated to the company’s desktop operating system that brings a number of important bug fixes and new features.
According to Apple, the update contains the following changes:
- New Feature: the ability to make and receive FaceTime audio calls
- New Feature: call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls
- New Feature: the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders
- Fix: includes general improvements to the stability and compatibility of Mail
- Fix: improves the accuracy of unread message count in Mail
- Fix: resolves issues that prevent mail from receiving new messages from certain providers
- Fix: improves AutoFill compatibility in Safari
- Fix: fixes audio distortion issue on certain Macs
- Fix: improves reliability when connecting to SMB2 file servers
- Fix: fixes issue that may cause VPN connections to disconnect
- Fix: improves VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder
- Fix: improves VoiceOver reliability when navigating websites
- Fix: improves compatibility with Gmail Archive mailboxes
- Fix: includes improvements to Gmail labels
- Fix: improves Safari browsing and Software Update installation when using an authenticated web proxy
- Fix: fixes an issue that could cause the Mac App Store to offer updates for apps that are already up to date
- Fix: improves the reliability of diskless NetBoot service in OS X Server
- Fix: fixes braille driver support for specific HandyTech displays
- Fix: resolves an issue when using Safe Boot with some systems
- Fix: improves ExpressCard compatibility for some MacBook Pro 2010 models
- Fix: resolves an issue which prevented printing to printers shared by Windows XP
- Fix: resolves an issue with Keychain that could cause repeated prompts to unlock the Local Items keychain
- Fix: fixes an issue that could prevent certain preference panes from opening in System Preferences
- Fix: fixes an issue that may prevent migration from completing while in Setup Assistant
Of note, it does not appear that today’s update includes a fix for the critical “Goto Fail” security bug discovered last week. Earlier reports indicated that Apple was waiting to patch the bug with the 10.9.2 update, but the company did not specifically identify the bug in the update’s release notes, so we’re still waiting for confirmation. We’ll update this article once we know more.
Update: We have just verified that the OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update does appear to include the GoTo Fail patch, although Apple has yet to make public mention of it. All users should update quickly to patch this relatively serious security hole.
Those looking to obtain the update can do so via Software Update and Apple’s Support Download page.