If you’re an avid Mac fan, you’re probably looking forward to seeing what the upcoming beta build of the OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update is going to include. Likewise, if you’ve been following news on the long-awaited release, you might already know that this new beta is the sixth iteration released by Apple – about a week or so ago they released beta version 5 to the developers – build 13C53 – and two months ago they piloted the update’s first ever beta. The new one is titled 13C59 and was seeded to developers the company works with on February 12. Yes, that means there are people out there who know what the new beta is all about and likely already have an inkling about what surprises Apple has in store.
What’s the OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update all about?
While it’s yet impossible to know for sure what the new OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update will contain, we know what Apple has been telling the developers involved. Apparently, they have been asked to focus on email functions, messages, drivers for graphics cards and their performance, the VoiceOver function, VPN, and SMB2. If the previous betas for OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 are anything to go by (and they probably are), Apple is going to be pushing for increasing customization of their messaging and calling services. An earlier beta build of the update, for instance, introduced the block function to iMessage and FaceTime. Of course, that’s nothing new to genuine, true blue Apple fans, since iOS 7, the company’s mobile OS already allows users to do this. Previous beta versions also allowed for making FaceTime Audio calls via OS X.
In order to have access to the latest updates to the OS X Mavericks coming release, developers need to sign up through the App Store’s Software Update system, but also through the Mac Dev Center. In other words, this is a restricted area for professionals – undying as your love for Apple may be, it’s not proof enough that you’re worthy of beta testing their services unless you’re an actual developer.
Haven’t switched to OS X Mavericks yet?
In case you’re still hesitant about switching to the latest OS X from Apple, but are curious what features the OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 will introduce, you should probably know a bit about the operating system thus far. For one thing, many reviewers have heralded it as one of the most important and well executed ‘face lifts’ that operating systems for Macs have gotten in recent times. Not only this, but it’s also absolutely free and can be downloaded by anyone off the App Store.
Some of its highlights include useful new apps, which come pre-installed: one of them is iBooks, a service Apple is looking to push as much as it can, and the other important one is Maps. Another important security feature is iCloud’s keychain, which allows users to sync passwords between several devices – and also promises to do so in an environment that’s absolutely risk-free. Notifications in the Mac OS X Mavericks are now interactive and the Finder feature has become more efficient, since it comes with both tags and tabs.
As for previous Mavericks updates, the OS X’s 10.9 update also came with a host of new relevant features, which extended the devices’ battery life and also made them more responsive. According to Apple promises, the OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update is going to bring the company one step further to making good on their 200 changes plan. Many of them will be cosmetic updates, but some major improvements in terms of performance are also expected.