updated 09:28 pm EST, Wed February 12, 2014
No significant changes listed; rumors of early March release continue
Apple on Wednesday released its sixth OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks beta to develops right on schedule, using a build number exactly six digits higher than last weeks'. The new update lists no significant changes, and again asks developers to focus their testing on Mail, Messages, SMB2, graphics drivers, VoiceOver and VPN. The company has been battling mostly-minor but annoying issues with its re-written Mail program, and bug fixing continues on that.
The new version, build 13C59, continues Apple's switch of the default networking schema from Apple File Protocol (AFP, in use for decades) to SMB2 (a more modern standard and fully compatible with Windows). The company has also been wrestling with Gmail integration and bugs related to mail alerts and Smart Mailboxes. A standalone patch and the subsequent release of 10.9.1 addressed a number of the larger issues users had, but smaller bugs remain.
As is usual, there is no indication of a final release date, though sources have said to look for 10.9.2 to be ready in early March. Betas of OS X releases have been known to reach into the double-digits of versions before finally going public, and one tester told MacNN that as of three versions ago, the 10.9.2 update is "nowhere near" ready for release. The latest beta is available through Software Update for registered developer accounts, or by logging into the Mac developer portal.