New in OS X 10.9.2: Much Improved Mail, FaceTime Audio, SSL Fix, More
Seven public betas over two months and here we are, finally. Apple has delivered OS X 10.9.2 and there is much to consider. In addition to desirable new features, like FaceTime Audio, there are many bug fixes, including a patch for the much-hyped “go to fail” SSL issue.
Of course, Apple recommends that all users install OS X 10.9.2 Update. While sometimes it seems safe to skip an update, this is one you need.
• OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Update (download)
— Adds the ability to make and receive FaceTime audio calls
— Adds call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls
— Adds the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders
— 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
— Provides a fix for SSL connection verification (aka go to fail)
— See the full release notes
— Read the OS X 10.9.2 security content
— Also available as Delta Only Update
OS X 10.9.2 Highlights
Those of you still suffering the various and sundry issues that afflict Mail, take heart. TidBITS’ Joe Kissel reports that Mail 7.2  is greatly improved, though not quite finished.
“I’m pleased to report that the new version of Mail in 10.9.2 is far better than its predecessors,” writes Kissel. “But to keep this in perspective: Mail is now at the point where it should have been when Mavericks was released.”
That said, Kissel has tested individual features and fixes, confirming that Unified Inbox, Gmail and other fixes actually work — check his work and, as always, your mileage could vary.
Additionally, as advertised, Apple has fixed the go to fail SSL certificate issue and you can verify that for yourself by visiting goto fail; // Apple SSL bug test site. If you have applied OS X 10.9.2 Update, that page will report the following:
FaceTime Audio is very cool and the integration with Messages works as advertised. Being able to block people is cool, too.
Also in the plus column, autofill in Safari 7.0.2 does seem to be more reliable. That is a good thing considering how bad it was.
Anecdotally, I’ve read more than a few user reports that claim greatly improved performance in OS X 10.9.2. Perhaps there is a little post-update boost and the most reliable to get some that action is to install the Combo Update, which results in a cleaner, more efficient install…
Is OS X 10.9.2 working for you? Gmail blues cured? Sound off in the comments below…