A little less than two months after its initial launch, Apple released an update to the latest version of the Mac OS that fixes a number of problems users have been reporting. Apple’s Mail app, which has been at the center of a number of complaints since Apple launched the new OS in October, received special attention in this release.
For Gmail users who have been holding out on Apple’s new OS because of problems that Mail had with Google’s email service, it seems like 10.9.1 should put those to rest.
As always, it’s strongly recommended that users back up their data before updating, just in case something happens to go sideways. That said, this seems like a fairly minor update (it only clocks in around 243 MB on my MacBook Pro), and shouldn’t cause that much trouble.
The update can be found by going to the updates tab in the Mac App Store. If you haven’t yet updated to Mavericks, it’s a free upgrade for eligible Macs, and is available in the Mac App Store. For information on how to ensure your update goes as smoothly as possible, check out our guide here.
For those interested in the nitty-gritty details of the update, here’s the breakdown from Apple’s patch notes:
- Improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings
- Improves the reliability of Smart Mailboxes and search in Mail
- Fixes an issue that prevented contact groups from working properly in Mail
- Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from speaking sentences that contain emoji
- Fixes an issue that prevented iLife and iWork apps from updating on non-English systems
- Addresses an issue that may cause multiple prompts to unlock “Local items” keychain
- Addresses an issue that may cause Japanese keyboards to retain a previously used language
- Includes Safari 7.0.1
- Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to become unresponsive when filling out forms on fedex.com, stubhub.com, and other websites
- Improves Credit Card Autofill compatibility with websites
- Improves VoiceOver compatibility with facebook.com
- Updates Shared Links periodically when open in the Safari Sidebar