Apple seeded OS X 10.9.3 (Build 13D55) to registered Mac developers, made 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 interested in testing OS X 10.9.3 (13D55) without being a registered Mac software developer, or member of the OS X Beta Seed Program, 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
Note: You can verify your change using the following command:
defaults read /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CatalogURL
You can undo this change using the following command:
sudo /usr/sbin/softwareupdate --clear-catalog
Or by using this command:
sudo defaults delete /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CatalogURL
Now the CatalogURL should have changed to:
The default one for Mavericks.
OS X Beta Seed Program
Currently this update is not showing up for members of the OS X Beta Seed Program, which as we found out previously, uses a different URL:
sudo /usr/sbin/softwareupdate --set-catalog https://swscan.apple.com/content/catalogs/others/index-10.9publicseed-10.9-mountainlion-lion-snowleopard-leopard.merged-1.sucatalog.gz
Apple may of course still want to add this update, at a later time, but if this is to happen more frequently… then I would suggest you stick to the good old CatalogURL.
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.
I had to change a plist to get past a ‘boot hang’ – black screen in single user-mode – like before:
<key>ConfigMap</key> <dict> <key>Mac-F60DEB81FF30ACF6</key> <string>none</string> </dict>
A more permanent solution for this would be to add it to some kext, but I personally don’t care about that. Not right now.
Also. A quick look at /S*/L*/E*/IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext/C*/P*/X86PlatformPlugin.kext/C*/Resources revealed that all plist are unchanged. Still no plists for the new board-id’s (Mac-C9CF552659EA9913 and Mac-81E3E92DD6088272) which may never happen until new/updated Apple hardware is released.
The fact that this update is not available for members of the OS X Beta Seed Program may mean that Build 13D55 is the Golden Master (GM) and that OS X 10.9.3 will soon be released.
You need to use
--clear-catalog (both with two minus signs) but wordpress.com appears to eat one of them!