Apple goes into an update frenzy with OS X, iTunes and Podcasts

New features include syncing calendars between iOS and OS X via USB and better 4K display tweaks

Fire up your Macs and iTunes as Apple is doing a whole bunch of updates for its products.

Besides the usual OS X tweaks and security updates, iOS will also see some changes to the Podcasts app as well as the latest version of iTunes Connect.

From the patch notes, OS X has useful updates for both home and business users. Late 2013 Mac Pro and Retina 15in MacBook Pro users will have better 4k display support, the better to appreciate their shiny screens with.

An interesting feature is the ability to sync contacts and calendars between Mac and iOS devices via USB connection, rather than just relying on iCloud syncing. Safari 7.0.3 also gets bundled with the update.

READ MORE: Macbook Pro with Retina Display review

Little fixes, minor tweaks

For enterprise OS X users (yes, they exist), there are fixes to VPN connections with the IPsec protocol, Font Book bugs involving PostScript Type 1 fonts, improving the reliability of working with SMB file servers and network home directories, configuration profiles and better login speed for users in Active Directory groups.

iTunes is now at version 11.2 with the most significant change being to its podcast support. You can now use the new Feed tab to browse episodes and find episodes you haven't listened to more easily with the fixed Unplayed tab.

Siri now offers podcast support so you can ask Siri to play podcast episodes. You can also save favourite episodes or choose to automatically delete episodes after playback to save space on your drive. There's also the usual security tweaks and just a note, you don't need OS X 10.9.3 to install the latest version of iTunes.

Developer tool iTunes Connect also gets an update, allowing developers to keep a better eye on how their apps are doing on the App store. The update gets a nice design refresh and allows developers to access not just apps but music, movies and TV shows they released via the store. It's available for free too.

You can either update via the Mac App Store, or via Apple’s support site.

[Source: Geekwire]

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