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Apple said to be working on two Mavericks updates

updated 10:49 pm EST, Wed November 6, 2013

Mail, iBooks patches also on the way, 10.10 also continues testing

Apple is said to be working on two concurrent Mavericks updates, 10.9.1 and 10.9.2, according to reports. The first of the updates will likely see release later this month to address bugs found in the first Mavericks release. In addition, the company plans updates for some individual apps, including iBooks and Mail, both of which have seen reports of performance problems for some but not all users. Apple is meanwhile continuing to test the next major OS X release, 10.10.

The 10.9.1 update has been tested internally for some time, but may soon reach AppleSeed developers and other testers. The 10.9.2 update is said to also feature bugfixes but may bring minor feature changes as well, much as the 10.7.2 and 10.8.2 updates did. Both of the previous releases made small changes to bring more parity between iOS and OS X, reports 9to5Mac.

Given the track record, OS X 10.9.2 would be likely to add some "missing" features that didn't come with the initial release of Mavericks but which already exist on iOS 7, such as FaceTime Audio and iMessage blocking features. The latter release may also herald the first wave of upgrades to Apple's iWork suite of apps, which were recently re-written for feature parity across platforms at the cost of some minor features that had been present in the previous version. Users still have access to their older versions of iWork apps, so the feature omissions in the new versions - which offer greater cross-platform parity as well as Windows compatibility - are not too serious of an issue.

The same source also reveals -- confirmed by increases in server logs on various websites -- that the next version of OS X, provisionally known as 10.10 and under the codename "Syrah," is undergoing wider testing. Syrah is expected to be released in late 2014, but such early testing would indicate that it will receive a preview at the next Worldwide Developers' Conference, usually held in June.

Also on deck for further work are updates to iOS 7. The report characterizes them as both a "bugfix" release as well as updating Apple's "iOS in the Car" functionality. No release window has yet been revealed for those updates.




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  1. tundaman

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    Joined: 03-04-10

    Anyone who classifies the huge feature cuts In the new iWorks após as a "are not too serious of an issue." does not rely on iWork to do serious work and doesnt know what's talking about:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5473697?start=0&tstart=0

  1. chas_m

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    Joined: 08-04-01

    The person who "doesn't know what's talking about" (not that I'm sure what that even means) would be the person who pretends that iWork 09 isn't still on their machine, giving them the choice of using exactly the tool they've been using for their "serious work." The new iWork versions do have feature cuts, but Apple didn't replace your old tool and has already said it is and will be rebuilding iWork 11 to add back those features.

    So let's quit pretending that you lost anything, okay?

  1. besson3c

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    Joined: 03-03-01

    Originally Posted by chas_mView Post

    The person who "doesn't know what's talking about" (not that I'm sure what that even means) would be the person who pretends that iWork 09 isn't still on their machine, giving them the choice of using exactly the tool they've been using for their "serious work." The new iWork versions do have feature cuts, but Apple didn't replace your old tool and has already said it is and will be rebuilding iWork 11 to add back those features.

    So let's quit pretending that you lost anything, okay?




    Why would Apple do this though?

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by besson3cView Post

    Why would Apple do this though?



    Because timing a free, included office suite with feature parity across Mac/iOS/web apps to coincide with the release of iOS 7 and the publicity involved with new iPhones and iPads took precedence over including everything and the kitchen sink in the rewrite (and the iOS and web versions).

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