Tech-Friendly: Apple releases security updates and bug fixes for Mavericks and iOS 7

July 1, 2014

Paul Gorski

Paul Gorski

By Paul Gorski

Apple, Inc., released OS X Mavericks v10.9.4 and iOS v7.1.2 this week. The Mavericks desktop and laptop computer OS update fixes: Wi-Fi network connection problems; waking from sleep issues; and Safari stability bugs. The update brings Safari up to v7.0.5. Read more about the v10.9.4 update at: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6281.

I have applied the Mavericks v10.9.4 update to three new iMacs without problems, but I did not have any problems with v10.9.3, either. Mac OS X v10.6.8 is still my favorite MacOS X version, but Apple discontinued most updates to 10.6 this past year. If your Mac can support v10.9, I suggest you make the upgrade — it is free and offers enhanced security and some new features you might just like.

I will write a follow-up article on upgrading to v10.9 if I get any postings here or e-mails requesting more information about the topic. Mac OS X v10.10 is just around the corner this fall.

The iOS v7.1.2 update fixes iPhone, iPad and iPod touch security bugs for the most part: see the list of security updates at: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6297. This is not a major update; Apple is planning a major iOS update this fall.

The iOS v7.1.2 update is not large, but did take about 20 minutes from download to completion of the update, which seemed odd. No problems or hiccups after the update, though. Some users note either extended or shortened battery life after iOS patches. Eighteen hours after the upgrade, my iPhone battery life seems normal. Your experience may vary.

Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple IIe.

Posted July 1, 2014

3 Comments

  1. Nicole Montgomery

    July 7, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Paul
    I’d love an update on how it went and what you like or dislike about Mavericks. I’m on 10.8.5 and am debating updating. On the one hand, I’ve read the bad reviews about Mail not working right, and a friend says Preview doesn’t always work on his new Mavericks machine, but I’m *really* scared of the font problems I’ve read about. I make a lot of presentations in Keynote and have installed a lot of custom (mostly Google) fonts.

    On the other hand, I’d rather be secure, and I really, really, really want to download OneNote, but can’t until I upgrade.

    Any info would be super helpful! I’m not at all techie, so I am a bit scared.

    Thanks!
    Nicole

  2. Paul Gorski

    July 9, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Nicole,

    Thank you for your questions. I generally do not recommend an OS upgrade unless you need to upgrade. If it is not broken, why upgrade?

    What font problems are you worried about?
    What Preview.app problems has your friend had?

    It appears that you may want to upgrade from 10.8 to 10.9 so you can install Microsoft OneNote. I still have not found apps like Evernote or OneNote very useful, but many people like these apps.

    Apple is on a fairly fast release schedule for Mac OS X updates, 10.7, 10.8, then 10.9, soon to be 10.10. Developers have a tough time keeping up. So some of the problems users experience are not OS problems, but problems with old apps not working well under the current OS. Example, problems with Microsoft installed fonts and Mavericks. When one installs Microsoft Office for Mac, the Office installer may remove system fonts and replace them with its own fonts, which is a problem. The OS may not know which fonts were moved. Microsoft should not be swapping out fonts, because not all fonts are made the same.

    Regarding security: Apple has continued to issue security updates for 10.8, although it may not be applying all the patches that it applies to 10.9. Not sure how long Apple will be issuing security patches for 10.8.

    Regarding Google fonts: if you are using the original font downloaded from the Google font website, you should be OK. The problem with open source fonts like Google fonts, is that folks may modify them, and not change certain attributes of the font, opening up the chance for font conflicts.

    Regarding the Mail.app: I can’t say I’ve had problems with the Mail.app, but I do not use Gmail with Mail.app either, and that is where most of the problems showed up. Mac OS X 10.9.2 was supposed to fix most of those problems, and for many people did. I have had more problems with Microsoft’s Outlook for Mac, and those problems continue.

    Bottom line: Mavericks is OK, but I do not consider Mavericks or OneNote must haves, and if you like your 10.8 setup the way it is (with the exception of OneNote) stick with 10.8. Continue to apply security patches for Mac OS X, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, and Oracle Java. (Flash and Java are the biggest threats currently anyway.) Mac OS X 10.10 is due out this fall and you may be interested in upgrading to that.

    Thank you for reading the Rock River Times.

    Paul Gorski

  3. Asim Esen

    August 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I tried to install the update (10.9.4) on a Flash Drive from which I run my disk utilities. It will not install after I select the flash drive as a startup disk. The flash drive has 10.9.2. It prompts you to restart after you select “Install”. It restarts but does not install the update.

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