AMITIAE - Friday 16 May 2014

Apple Updates - OS X 10.9.3, Safari 7.0.3, iTunes 11.2, and Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.05

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By Graham K. Rogers


I had been expecting the 10.9.3 update to OS X, Mavericks, for a while, but when it arrived overnight, Apple also released a number of other updates that may affect the way our computers run: Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.05; iTunes 11.2; OS X 10.9.3 and Safari 7.0.3. A restart is required.

Overnight Apple released a number of updates to OS X software:

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.05

A number of new cameras are added to the list here to improve RAW image capabilities for Aperture and iPhoto:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200d / Kiss X70
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Nikon D4S
  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX10

Apple also provides a link for more information on RAW formats supported.

iTunes 11.2

There are a number of improvements here, including to podcast browsing. There is also a related update to the Podcast app for iOS devices and this version is recommended when syncing podcast episodes. With the Mac update, users can

  • Find new episodes easily in an Unplayed tab
  • Browse episodes available to download, or stream in the feed tab
  • Save favourite episodes to keep on a computer
  • Delete episodes automatically when played.
This update also fixes a problem with Genius which could become unresponsive when updating. There are also improvements to stability and performance.

OS X Update 10.9.3

As well as having a number of improvements that improve stability, compatibility and security of a Mac, Apple notes the following specific changes:

  • Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013)
  • Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection
  • Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec
  • Resolves an issue that prevented Font Book from installing PostScript Type 1 fonts
  • Improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server
  • Improves reliability of network home directories
  • Improves stability when installing configuration profiles
  • Improves login speed for users in Active Directory groups
  • Includes Safari 7.0.3

On the web page, that last item looks as if it were added late as it uses a slightly different font size (unusual for Apple), but an update to Safari is always to be noted.

A restart will be required.

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.



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