We’ve received word from multiple AppleCare employees that the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release has been seeded internally. This typically means that AppleCare is preparing for the software’s release. With iOS 8 launching tomorrow, it’s likely that 10.9.5 will launch in the coming days or weeks.
Here are the release notes via multiple AppleCare employees:
– The OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the Stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.
– Improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentications
– Improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server
– Includes Safari 7.0.6
For detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6400
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
Don’t get too hooked on 10.9.5 however, because the redesigned OS X Yosemite with a bunch of new features is just around the corner. Sources indicated in July that the release is scheduled for toward the end of October. Apple most recently seeded a new Yosemite beta yesterday with minor enhancements.
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Skip it and wait for the Yosemite final?
Yosemite is still a month or so away.
And? Yosemite is better in every way than Mavericks. I skipped Mavericks on my personal and production systems – it’s only installed on test drives. It’s one of the worst OSes releases Apple has ever put out, and this latest update isn’t the silver bullet to suddenly fix the while thing.
It’s a free update and only takes five minutes to download. Get over it.
Seriously? There’s nothing wrong with Mavericks, and skipping this update certainly isn’t going to help whatever you think is wrong with Mavericks get better.
Cool, but what ever happened to Safari 7.1?
That is being developed a separate update. New versions tend to get their own release schedule where as updates (bug fixes, security fixes) tend to be bundled with wider operating system updates or as an out of cycle update.
Makes sense, it just seems odd that there hasn’t been an update to the beta in a while.
I’d say all their focus right now is getting Yosemite out the door before anything else especially getting those continuity features working in iOS 8.0.x so that they deliver on that vision.
The classic “slow every device down” build. Gotta make 10.10 look fast boys and girls!!!!!