Slowly Mavericks turns, seed by seed, inch by inch. What’s new in OS X Mavericks DP 8, a.k.a. OS X 10.9 13A584? Aside from a fresh and beefy build of iTunes 11.1 with new features, not one heckuva lot. Among the few other interesting bits are the known issues not in the seed note this time ’round.
If the latest rumor is to be believed, there will be a Mac + iPad Event on Tuesday, October 15 whereat Apple will formally unveil OS X Mavericks, as well as Haswell-powered iMacs, MacBook Pros and Mac minis, to an expectant public.
Here in the present, OS X Mavericks DP 8 has been released, which includes iTunes 11.1 (build 110). According to 9 to 5 Mac, this latest beta seed of Apple’s music + video + app + device manager app now includes iOS 7 device icons, a new apps organizer, new functionality in the iPodcasts section and a more functional iTunes Radio history drop down.
However, the ability to skip an unlimited number of songs in iTunes Radio is now gone, sigh.
For what it’s worth, iTunes 11.1 is required to sync devices running iOS 7 and that will be released to the world on Wednesday. So, whereas Mavericks won’t ship until October, perhaps even late October, iTunes 11.1 seems destined for release this week.
And, now, without further ado, here is the…
OS X Mavericks DP 8 Seed Note
OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 8 is pre-release software. Do not use this pre-release software in a commercial operating environment or with important data. You should back up all of your data before installing this software and regularly back up data while using the software.
If an installation of OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 8 fails, try using Disk Utility from a Recovery HD to repair the disk.
Developer Preview System Requirements
The OS X Mavericks Developer Preview supports the following Macs:
— iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
— MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
— MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
— MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
— Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
— Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
— Xserve (Early 2009)
Notes And Known Issues
— Network migration from earlier versions of OS X requires the Migration Update for Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion, available from the Mac Dev Center.
— Migration from Windows requires Windows Migration Assistant 18.104.22.168, available from the Mac Dev Center.
— Moving a full-screen Aperture window to a secondary display may prevent the app window from being visible in subsequent attempts to use full screen.
— In Full Screen in Aperture, some menus and thumbnails aren’t immediately available until interacted with by the user.
— When in Full Screen in Aperture, the toolbar at the top of the window may not be usable until it is locked.
— Purchased music may not show cover art in Preview. To resolve, run the following command in Terminal: qlmanage -r cache
Compared to OS X Mavericks DP 7, the seed note this time is thin — gone are several known issues, including iBooks, iCloud and iCloud Keychain. To be clear, Apple has been adding and trimming the known issues for months, but this iteration of the seed note is the shortest so far.
So, this isn’t the gold master, but it’s nonetheless clear that Apple’s closing in on a GM release.
That said, Apple’s OS X Mavericks What’s New Page is still just a placeholder with no links.