Apple seeded a sixth test build of OS X 10.9.3 (13D43) to registered Mac developers, available through their Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store, as well as through the Mac Dev Center.
- Graphics Drivers
- Contacts and Calendar sync over USB in iTunes
Everyone else who is interested in testing OS X 10.9.3 (13D43) without being a registered Mac software developer can change their App Store URL by entering the following terminal command (all on one line):
sudo /usr/sbin/softwareupdate --set-catalog "https://swscan.apple.com/content/catalogs/others/index-10.9seed-10.9-mountainlion-lion-snowleopard-leopard.merged-1.sucatalog.gz"
You can restore to the original Apple catalog by resetting the override URL with help of the following terminal command:
sudo /usr/sbin/softwareupdate --clear-catalog
After that the CatalogURL property will be removed from /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist and when everything went fine, you’ll see this text: softwareupdate: Changed catalog to Apple production
Back to the factory original (production) catalog.
Use of this confidential, pre-release software is subject to the Software License Agreement for Apple Confidential OS X Pre-Release Seed Updates presented upon installation of the OS X Software Update Seed Configuration Utility. The original Software License Agreement that accompanied commercially-available versions of the software being updated does not apply to these pre-release seed updates.
This update won’t show up under Updates in the App Store when you are still using the 10.9.2 Golden Master (build 13A598) or already have OS X 10.9.3 (Build 13D28) installed. There’s an additional check for build 13C64, which was first released to Apple employees and a day later to the public.
In this build AGDC (Apple Graphics Device Policy) has improved, and as a result my DVI monitor (with my IGPU only setup) works without any modifications to AppleIntelFramebuffer.kext whatsoever, though I had to change /S*/L*/E*/AppleGraphicsControl.kext/C*/P*/AppleGraphicsDevicePolicy.kext/C*/Info.plist
<key>ConfigMap</key> <dict> <key>Mac-F60DEB81FF30ACF6</key> <string>none</string> </dict>
What I did was that I changed the factory “Config1″ to “none” (Config1 unloads GFX1) like all other models under ConfigMap (iMac14,1/MacBookPro11,1/iMac14,2/MacBookAir6,1/MacBookPro9,1/iMac14,3/MacBookAir6,2/Mac-81E3E92DD6088272/MacBookPro10,1/MacPro4,1/MacPro5,1/MacPro3,1/MacPro6,1/iMac13,3) Without this mod only the DisplayPort monitor connector worked.
Did you catch the Mac-81E3E92DD6088272 in that list? That is a new board-id (for OS X 10.9.3, not this specific DP) and thus Apple could be planning to release a new Mac with OS X 10.9.3 installed on it. What I can tell you is that this specific board-id is not another Mac Pro, and the most likely candidate is a brand new Mac mini. Or is that just my imagination. Hoping for a new Mac mini?
Also. A quick look at /S*/L*/E*/IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext/C*/P*/X86PlatformPlugin.kext/C*/Resources revealed that all plist are unchanged.
Well. This has to be it for now folks as I need to go – sanding a 30 meter wall and paint the darn thing for a second time. Have fun!
I forgot to mention that I found a new GUID. One used to store/retrieve the DisplayBackgroundColor (options/):
There might be more. Will keep searching for new stuff.