Apple has released OS X Mavericks GM to those registered with the Mac Developer program. The GM (Golden Master) build is the final release version of OS X 10.9, ending the Developer Preview beta process and indicating that a wider public release of Mavericks will arrive shortly in the coming weeks.
Registered developers can download the GM build from the Mac App Store as usual. Those interested in performing a clean install can use a redemption code to download the installer, which can then be made into a Mavericks install drive using a USB stick or external drive.
OS X Mavericks GM Available for Developer Download, Public Release Soon
The build number for OS X Mavericks GM is 13A598. Along with the OS X Mavericks GM build are Xcode 5.0.1 GM seed and OS X Server Preview 9.
OS X Mavericks includes many new feature enhancements and improvements for Mac users, including Finder tabs, Maps for OS X, advanced power management features, Finder tagging, and many smaller refinements throughout the operating system.
Apple has released iOS 7.0.2 for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch keyboards, a minor update that apps that is primarily a security release. The update resolves a series of bugs that could have potentially allowed someone to bypass the lock screen passcode on iOS 7 devices, and it also reincludes Greek keyboard support for passcode entry.
iOS 7.0.2 Update Available with Bug Fixes
The update is recommended for all iOS 7 users to install because of the security bug fix. The brief release notes contained within the OTA update are as follows:
• Fixes bugs that could allow someone to bypass the Lock Screen passcode
• Reintroduces a Greek keyboard option for passcode entry
The build number for iOS 7.0.2 is 11A501. It is unlikely such a minor release addresses any of the perceived performance or battery life issues that some iOS 7 users have experienced, but we’ll let you know if we notice any meaningful improvements in either department.
Download iOS 7.0.2 with OTA
iOS 7.0.2 is a very small download and is quickly obtained through OTA. You will need to be on a wi-fi network to be able to use Over The Air updates:
Open “Settings” and go to “Software Update”, choose “Download and Install”
Once installed, the device will reboot and be running the latest version.
Users can also install the update through iTunes, either letting iTunes update a compatible device automatically upon connection, or by using the firmware files listed below. Note that using IPSW is typically considered more advanced and not the best solution for most users.
iOS 7.0.2 IPSW Direct Download Links
These IPSW files are hosted on Apple’s servers and are intended for manual installation through iTunes.
iOS 7 has been released, and while most users should update to iOS 7.0 directly on their devices using Over-the-Air, another option is to manually update compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices to the latest version by using IPSW firmware. Typically, manual updates with firmware files are considered a bit more advanced, but it’s really not too complicated and you can read about it here if going with a manual update or installation interests you.
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iOS 7 IPSW Direct Download Links
These IPSW firmware files weigh in at several GB and are hosted on Apple’s super-fast servers. The file should have the extension “.ipsw” when downloading, if the file tries to download as a .zip or another odd file format, you may want to right-click and choose “Save As” to be sure it remains as the proper format.
Note: If the download link initially does not work, open it again or refresh the download link and try again. This downloading issue seems to impact some web browsers only.
Apple has released iOS 7 into the wild. As you likely know by now, it offers a significant visual overhaul to the entire mobile experience, and also includes quite a few new features.
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Devices compatible with iOS 7 include: iPad 2, iPad mini, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPod touch 5th gen, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5C. Despite the official supported hardware list, we still recommend that older model iPad and iPhone users hold off on updating until a point release resolves some of the ongoing performance issues. Of course, you don’t have to take that advice, and you can find the iOS 7 update right now through iTunes or on your iOS device itself with Over-the-Air update.
Update to iOS 7 Right Now with OTA
The simplest way to update to iOS 7 is with Over-The-Air updates on the device itself.
Open Settings, go to “General”, then go to “Software Update”
If OTA isn’t working for you, you can also find the update in iTunes. Another option is to update manually with IPSW, which will require you to download iOS 7 firmware from these links first.
Resolving “Cannot Install Because it Requires More Storage”
Do note that installing the iOS 7 update through OTA requires over 3.1GB of space initially, despite the download being much smaller than that. That is so the update can unpack and install on the device – it does not take up 3.1GB of space when completed. Basically that means you will need at least 3GB of space available on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch before it will install.
You’ll know this is an issue because the OTA update will tell you “This update cannot be installed because it requires at least 3.1GB of storage.” This is by far the most frequently encountered error for users attempting to install the iOS 7 update on their devices right now, and the easiest solutions to clear up a lot of storage space quickly are the following:
Delete apps you don’t use
Transfer photos to a computer and clear off the Camera Roll
Recover the “Other” storage space by deleting Message threads and clearing temporary files
Delete the music library and resync your songs after the update has finished installing
You can also install the update through iTunes, though you will need to get iTunes 11.1 first so that you can sync the device afterwards.
If you’re waiting until later to perform the update, don’t forget to follow our thorough preparation guide. At the very least, back up before beginning your 7.0 update!
Apple has started to air commercials for the new iPhone 5C. The first TV advertisement is called “Plastic Perfected”, and features liquid plastic pouring into and transforming into various colored iPhone 5C models. The liquid plastic looks oddly refreshing, like some sort of sports drink, and the commercial includes appropriately themed lyrics to a song playing in the background, “pick up the phone then, ring ring, call them up, tell them about the new trends”.
A longstanding feature of Apple’s consumer oriented commercials is the inclusion of catchy music as a soundtrack, these songs often go on to become quite popular as Apple plays hit maker. This time around, Apple chose a song called “Ring Ring” (or Rill Rill) by Sleigh Bells. The some had some popularity a few years ago, but is sure to enjoy a resurgence with the new Apple ad.
Apple has released the eighth beta build of OS X Mavericks to those registered with the Mac Developer program. The new build includes bug fixes and updates and pushes the the developer version closer to a wider public release.
OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 8 Available Now
Individuals running OS X Mavericks can find Developer Preview 8 within the Mac App Store, accessible through the Apple menu and Software Update. Developers not running existing versions of Mavericks can also begin the installation process through the Developer Center.
Apple has released OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 5 for registered Mac devs. The release includes bug fixes and feature enhancements, and all users who are running Developer Preview 4 are recommended to update to the newest version.
OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 5 Available Now
The fastest way to download and update to Developer Preview 5 is through the Mac App Store, where it runs between 1.5GB and 3GB depending on the Mac being installed on.
OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 5 Available Now
Developers who have held off on installing Mavericks beta versions thus far can access a code through the developer center to install DP5 directly without having to update from the prior version. This also allows you to create your own bootable Mavericks USB installer out of a flash drive, but it must be done before Mavericks is actually installed.
The final release of OS X Mavericks is expected this fall and includes many new features and enhancements for Mac users. Though the precise release date is unknown, it will likely be launched near the public release of iOS 7, which is largely expected sometime in late September or early October.