Apple has released OS X 10.9.2, a fairly major update to OS X Mavericks that includes resolutions to many problems and bugs encountered by Mac users. Critically, the OS X 10.9.2 update patches the SSL / TSL vulnerability for Macs that was fixed earlier for mobile devices with the iOS 7.0.6 update. The SSL fix alone makes the 10.9.2 update a particularly important release that all Mac users running Mavericks should install as soon as possible.
The OS X Update 10.9.2 also resolves remaining issues with OS X Mail, including resolutions to new email retrieval from services like Gmail and Outlook, fixes the Mail Archive problems, and the bundled SMB fixes should solve some of the issues encountered within the Finder. Separately, some additional features have been added to OS X, including native FaceTime Audio support, FaceTime call waiting support, iMessage blocking, and a variety of other stability and performance improvements.
OS X 10.9.2 Released with Fix for Mail Problems, SSL Security Flaw, & More
OS X 10.9.2 Release Notes
The release notes bundled with the Mavericks 10.9.2 update are as follows. Notably, there is no specific mention of the SSL / TSL security bug or a fix for it for Macs, but we can confirm the SSL bug has been patched with the 10.9.2 final build.
Adds the ability to make and receive FaceTime Audio calls from OS X to OS X and to iOS
Adds call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls
Adds the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders
Includes general improvements to the stability and compatibility of Mail
Improves the accuracy of unread counts in Mail
Resolves an issue that prevented Mail from receiving new messages from certain providers
Improves AutoFill compatibility in Safari
Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion on certain Macs
Improves reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2
Fixes an issue that may cause VPN connections to disconnect
Improves VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder
Improves VoiceOver reliability when navigating websites
Improves compatibility with Gmail Archive mailboxes
Includes improvements to Gmail labels
Improves Safari browsing and Software Update installation when using an authenticated web proxy
Adds additional layers of awesomeness to OSXDaily.com readers who read release notes
Fixes an issue that could cause the Mac App Store to offer updates for apps that are already up to date
Improves the reliability of diskless NetBoot service in OS X Server
Fixes braille driver support for specific HandyTech displays
Resolves an issue when using Safe Boot with some systems
Improves ExpressCard compatibility for some MacBook Pro 2010 models
Resolves an issue which prevented printing to printers shared by Windows XP
Resolves an issue with Keychain that could cause repeated prompts to unlock the Local Items keychain
Fixes an issue that could prevent certain preference panes from opening in System Preferences
Fixes an issue that may prevent migration from completing while in Setup Assistant
The complete security specific notes can be found here.
Additional Security Updates for OS X Mountain Lion & Lion Available Separately
Aside from the OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update, there is a Security Update to OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Lion Security Update available for users who are continuing to run Macs with older versions of OS X. Those updates can also be found in the Mac App Store on those machines, or downloaded directly from Apple as available here Security Update 2014-001 (Mountain Lion) and Security Update 2014-001 (Lion).
As usual, it is generally recommended to install the latest version of OS X available to you.
Apple has released a small but critical update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, versioned as iOS 7.0.6 with a build number of 11b651. The security update notably includes an important fix for SSL connection verification, and weighs in between 13MB and 36MB, depending on the iOS device being installed upon. This update should be installed on all compatible devices as soon as possible.
The initial release notes bundled with the iOS 7.0.6 update are very brief, stating simply “This security update provides a fix for SSL connection verification.” Apple elaborates a bit further on their knowledge base article, providing the following details for what the update resolves:
iOS 7.0.6 Released with Important Security Fix for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch
Downloading iOS 7.0.6
The easiest way to download iOS 7.0.6 is through the Over-The-Air update mechanism, accessible through the Settings app > Software Update. Choose “Download and Install” and agree to the terms and conditions to start the update process. Despite being a minor update, it can take a while to install as the ‘verifying update’ process lingers for a while on the home screen, before rebooting to the Apple logo where the actual firmware update occurs. Users can also choose to update through iTunes.
iOS 7.0.6 IPSW Direct Download Links
Users who prefer to use .IPSW firmware files to update devices manually can choose to download the complete update directly from Apple’s servers using the links below:
In addition to iOS 7.0.6, Apple also released iOS 6.1.6, which includes the same security fix, for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th generation devices that are not able to run iOS 7. The build number for iOS 6.1.6 is 10b500. An update to Apple TV, versioned as 6.0.2, is also available.
Apple has released iOS 7.0.5 for select iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models. The minor update includes bug fixes which are said to correct network provisioning for these two specific iPhone models that have been sold in China. In other words, if you don’t have an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C that is compatible with Chinese cellular networks, you won’t see this update available.
iOS 7.0.5 Released for iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C with Minor Bug Fixes
Though the update release notes specifically mention devices sold in China, many other users throughout the world have found the iOS 7.0.5 update available for their compatible iPhone models. Initial reports suggest that users based in the USA will not find the update for their devices.
As of writing, iOS 7.0.4 remains the most recent publicly available iOS version for other iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. iOS 7.1 remains under development and is currently limited to users registered in the iOS developer program through Apple. Users can always check for the newest version of iOS available by opening the Settings app on their devices, heading to “General” and choosing “Software Update”.
iOS 7.0.5 IPSW direct download links
Direct links to firmware files are available through Apple servers below.
Apple has released the 4th beta version of iOS 7.1 to those registered with the iOS Developer program. As usual with these updates, the release focuses on improving performance and refining features, resolving bugs, and making other adjustments to system functionality.
iOS 7.1 Beta
Developers who are currently running iOS 7.1 beta 3 can download beta 4 through Over-The-Air, accessible through Settings > General > Software Update. The OTA update is versioned as build 11D5134c, and weighs in between 70MB and 200MB, depending on the iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone being installed upon. Those who would prefer to install the update through IPSW can find firmware files and a new version of Xcode available through Apple’s Developer portal website.
The updated beta release represents Apple’s progress towards releasing the first major update to iOS 7 to the wider public. Though Apple hasn’t specified a particular schedule for a public release of iOS 7.1, developer beta versions of iOS typically run through six to eight revisions before turning into public. At the current release cycle rate of roughly a new beta every other week, users could expect to see the 7.1 public release date sometime next month, though this is obviously just speculation based upon past scheduling.
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.
ios 7 ipsw
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.