February 25, 2014 Last Updated 4:16 pm

Apple releases OS X update to fix SSL security issue, add features

Apple today issued an update to its Mac operating system. The update had been expected ever since word was out about an SSL vulnerability that applied to both its mobile operating system and the Mac OS.

OSX-updateMac OS X 10.9.2 is not just about the security issue, however, probably indicating that Apple was working on releasing an update to Mavericks for early March but moved it up to address the security problem. The update, which weighs in at 480 MB on my MacBook Pro, adds a bunch of new features including the ability to make and receive audio calls using FaceTimes (making it much more like Skype now) and call waiting for FaceTime.

There is also a slew of minor fixes and tweaks to such things as AutoFill in Safari and VoiceOver in Mail and Finder.

For those Mac owners who have not upgraded to Mavericks, there is a new update to Mountain Lion that is strictly a security update. There is also an update to Safari that deals with the fixes mentioned above.

Mac users can find the updates in the Mac App Store. The security updates will require a restart of your Mac, so you might want to make sure you have the time to do this, though I found the download and restart pretty fast on my newer MacBook Pro – I’m sure my mini will be much slower!

Apple released an update to iOS 7 earlier this week, bringing the mobile operating system up to version 7.0.6. For many users, this was a jump from 7.0.4 as the update prior to the latest one was meant for users in China.