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Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 and Safari 7.0.1

Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Update, advertising a few fixes for the Mail issues outlined by Joe Kissell in “Mail in Mavericks Changes the Gmail Equation,” (22 October 2013) and “Mail in Mavericks: Is It Safe Yet?,” (11 November 2013). The free update weighs in at 243.4 MB and can be downloaded from Apple’s Support Downloads site or Software Update.

Most notably, 10.9.1 promises improved support for Gmail in Mail, with fixes for users with custom Gmail settings. Other Mail improvements include better reliability of Smart Mailboxes and search and a fix for an issue that prevented contact groups from working correctly in Mail.

A month ago, Apple released an update for Mail in Mavericks that also promised to fix Gmail problems (see “Apple Updates Mail to Address Mavericks Bugs,” 7 November 2013), and while it helped many people, it wasn’t a panacea. While we’re happy to see Apple focusing more attention on these problems, if you’ve been holding off on upgrading to Mavericks because of Mail playing badly with Gmail, we recommend waiting a bit longer until the user community reports in on how well 10.9.1 resolves the problems.

Other fixes in 10.9.1 include an issue that prevented VoiceOver from speaking sentences featuring emoji, a bug that prevented iLife and iWork apps from updating on non-English systems, multiple prompts to unlock the “Local items” keychain, an issue that caused Japanese keyboards to retain previous languages, and an issue that prevented a Contact group name from populating the address field.

For those with a recently purchased MacBook Pro, a separate “OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Update for MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2013)” includes all the fixes in OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Update, plus “system specific enhancements to improve the stability and compatibility of your Mac.” It too is available via Apple’s Support Downloads site (364.1 MB) or Software Update.

Safari 7.0.1 -- Included in the 10.9.1 update is Safari 7.0.1, which fixes hangs when filling out forms on,, and other Web sites, and improves Credit Card Autofill compatibility (just in time for the last few days of the holiday shopping season). It also improves how VoiceOver works with, and now updates shared links automatically when they’re displayed in the Safari sidebar.

Safari 7.0.1 bundles in a few security fixes, one for an issue that caused the autofill feature to disclose login credentials to unintended domains and eight for vulnerabilities that could result in crashes or arbitrary code execution.

If you’re not yet running Mavericks, Apple also released Safari 6.1.1 for 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion with the same bug and security fixes. It doesn’t (yet?) appear on Apple’s Support Downloads site, but is available via Software Update.


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Comments about Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 and Safari 7.0.1
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JerryNaples  2013-12-17 05:48
Unfortunately, this update does NOT fix the problem with smart groups in Contacts

A smart group name is NOT recognized in the To: Cc: or Bcc: destination fields

Naples MUG
Ian Eiloart  2013-12-19 04:01
And there's a problem with groups. If you ask for group member address to NOT be revealed, but put a group into the To or CC headers, they're revealed to the recipients, but you don't get to see this.

What Apple should do is write something like "To: undisclosed-recipients:;" but they've been failing to do this right for 13 years. Instead they've written "To: undisclosed-recipients: <>;" which is an illegal syntax.

What they've fixed is this: if you put a group into the BCC field, instead of creating an illegal To header, and instead of just removing the angle brackets, they simply don't create a To header at all.
Jeffree K Lassitter Jr  2013-12-17 07:38
There is still something wrong with the Mail app: it often doesn't un-number or re-number a folder in which unread email messages have been read. This is very annoying. One has to close and then reopen the Mail app to update some of the folder counts, which is ridiculous. The fact that it works on some folders but not others is particularly annoying. One wonders what the beta testers are looking at before the app is released to the public.
robmorrison  2013-12-17 21:06
Is there any way to revert back to the original "Save As" in Mavericks?
Possibly the Terminal command:
defaults write -g ApplePersistence -bool false
Or did Apple break that too?
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-12-17 21:12
The only way I'm aware of is to hold down the Option key while the File menu item is selected.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-12-18 08:07
You can make it appear in all apps by adding "Save As…" (that's Option-; for the ellipsis) to All Applications in the Shortcuts view of the Keyboard pane of System Preferences. Nothing seems to have changed from Mountain Lion in that regard.
robmorrison  2013-12-18 19:38
What do you put in the actual shortcut field?
But I think that the "Save As" process that is in 10.9 is not like the original "Save As" (10.6 and prior). You have to duplicate your file first, then do a "save as" or your original file will be saved with alterations as well. That is why I have stayed on 10.6.8. My wife got a new iMac last week and it is driving her crazy. Things don't work the same, but there is no good reason why they were changed.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-12-19 07:18
You can put any shortcut you want in the Shortcut field - I use Command-Shift-S. But you're right, the modern document model introduced with Lion is still completely in effect, and all this really does is put Save As on the File menu so you don't have to use the Duplicate command. We've written about this extensively in the past; see

robmorrison  2013-12-19 08:16
Thank you very much Adam. I thought there was some resolution to the Save As situation, but could not remember where, nor what to search for. I will look for these changes in Mavericks, which is on my wife's new iMac.
Thank you again,
robmorrison  2013-12-23 10:33
This whole issue is confusing. "TextEdit" does not participate in any of the above. Save As still leaves the changes in the original document as well as in the new one.

On another note, the Print window looks different depending on which application you are printing from. That was not the case in 10.6.8. In fact, the Print window options are different now than before making the changes outlined in the two articles referenced above. As you can imagine, my wife is not pleased.

I am concerned that Apple has lost its way, at least on some things, with OS X Mavericks (as it did with Lion and Mtn. Lion). I sure won't install Mavericks on my other two Macs (iMac & MacBookPro).
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-12-30 10:30
Yes, Save As merely enables you to do what you've always been able to do in terms of saving a current document under another name - it does not roll back the Auto Save and Versions features introduced in Lion with the modern document model.
I recently purchased a Mac-Mini with Mavericks. I have updated to the latest Mavericks v 10.9.1 (along with the latest Apple Mail program).

While generally liking the Mac-Mini and Mavericks, the Apple-Mail program is still a mess, in my opinion. The Apple-tech folks on the phone seemed to dance around the issue(s), and pretend that Apple-Mail is fine now.

I was using Apple-Mail as a client, with Gmail as a server. I was seeing the Apple-Mail client gobbling up CPU cycles, and bringing other programs to a halt, essentially. I have decided to use a different mail client on the Mac-Mini, and simply turn off Apple-Mail, until they update to a version I can live with. I will need to report bugs I see with Apple-Mail, to Apple.