Mavericks Update: OS X 10.9.2 Beta 7 Seeded to Devs
Apple delivered a fresh second Mavericks update beta last yesterday. OS X 10.9.2 [13C62] is available to registered Mac developers. What’s new in beta 7? That is a frequently ask question, though there’s no FAQ with answers.
Apple seeded Beta 6: OS X 10.9.2 [13C59] on February 13 and, while folks claim both improvements and problems, there’s essentially no new info on what’s going on.
As with previous developer seeds, Apple is asking folks to focus their testing on Mail, Messages, Graphic Drivers, VoiceOver, VPN and FaceTime Audio.
Of those things, FaceTime Audio calling is a new feature, which is available within FaceTime and Messages. Another new feature is the ability to block people in both FaceTime and Messages.
On the bug fix side, Mavericks Mail’s well documented issues with Gmail IMAP are getting attention. So, too, are graphics drivers — updated drivers in OS X 10.9.2 — and VPN.
Safari 7.0.2 and Mail 7.2 are bundled with OS X 10.9.2 and are thought to contain security patches and bug fixes only — no new features.
As with all beta software, features, fixes and functionality can differ significantly from final code. Mileage could vary significantly between the betas and the publicly released version of OS X 10.9.2.
In the past, increased beta seed frequency has indicated an imminent public release — that’s a bit wisdom I’ve been parroting for several weeks now…