Mac users, rejoice! A new feature many of us have been wanting for AGES has now arrived in the brand new update for OS X Mavericks.
I'm talking about USB syncing between your iPad, iPhone or iPod and your Mac.
Instead of using iCloud to sync - in essence, routing your contacts and calendars through Apple servers to essentially travel the distance between your mobile gadget and your computer - you get to use a USB cable. It seems like common sense that this would be available, but only now is it a reality.
Additionally, this update includes some important security updates that you may have already received late last month. That's what makes this particular update a must-have.
Here's a full list of the changes in OS X Mavericks 10.9.3:
- 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
This list doesn't make mention of the specific security changes, but you can find those documented here.
To install this update, go to the Apple icon and select Software Update. You'll see a list of updates available to install. If the list is empty, the update was probably installed automatically.