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