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Apple scrambles to fix buggy Mavericks apps

Updates seeded for Mail, iBooks, Safari, Remote Desktop client

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Apple is readying a spate of updates to a number of apps that shipped with its latest version of OS X, Mavericks, which launched on October 22 at the low, low price of gratis.

According to sources speaking with 9to5Mac, the updates will be to iBooks, Safari, and the Remote Desktop client, and were seeded to Apple employees on Monday.

The iBooks update is version 1.0.1, and – in standard Cupertianian language – "includes bug fixes and improvements to performance and stability." The updates to Safari aren't detailed, but its version number of 7.0.1, as 9to5Mac correctly points out, indicates that it's likely just a few bug fixes and performance tweaks.

The Remote Desktop client update, 3.7.1, is "recommended for all Apple Remote Desktop clients and addresses several issues related to overall reliability, usability, and compatibility."

Also in the works is an update to Apple's Mail app seeded last week that aims to fix a variety of Gmail-related problems, including such basics as receiving and deleting messages, as well as auto-sorting them into folders.

And no, those Mail problems don't include the one reported by cloud email outfit FastMail – that turned out to be a script error that left the FastMailers more that a little red-faced.

The Mail update will likely be a standalone fix named "Mail Update for Mavericks 1.0" that will be released before Mavericks receives is first full update, 9to5Mac reports.

There's no word on when the iBooks, Safari, and Remote Desktop client updates will be released, but if Apple stays true to its historical form, expect them in a couple of weeks.

And thus we are provided with yet another reminder of the risks taken when installing "version .0" of any major software release. ®

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