Apple today released the 10.9.3 software update to OS X Mavericks, after several beta releases. The update is recommended for all users running OS X Mavericks, as it brings with it a list of improvements including but not limited to improved support for 4K displays. The update has also restored contacts and calendar syncing from Macs to iOS devices over USB which was previously removed in favour of OTA syncing. Mac users running the public beta version of OS X 10.9.3 introduced last month can update to the public version via the Mac App Store.
The update also includes the latest version of the Safari web browser with the release of 7.0.3 as well as VPN connection improvements.
An updated iTunes version 11.2 was also released with improvements to podcast features including managing unplayed episodes, saved episodes, and deleted episodes. As per the release notes, Apple recommends using Podcasts for iOS 2.1 or later with the syncing improvements, but the current App Store version is 2.0.2 so a new version should arrive soon, as noted by Twitter user Richard.
OS X 10.9.3 was first released in beta earlier this year in March, with several new builds being released since. Since then, OS X 10.9.3 allows users to natively set super hi-resolution 4K monitors to display OS X at pixel-doubled resolution creating a sort of “Retina” experience.
After upgrading to OS X 10.9.3, some users have reported that their /Users folder is now hidden. This means the folder is no longer visible when looking at the root of the hard drive in Finder, which is inconvenient for people owning Macs with multiple users.
With OS X Lion, Apple took the liberty to hide the Library folder from OS X users. However, it does not seem like hiding the /Users directory is an Apple design decision. Many users are still seeing this folder after updating and the behaviour is consistent. The most likely conclusion is that this is simply a bug that slipped through to final release, despite Apple’s new beta testing program.