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Late 2013 Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update:
(download page linked)

"About (Late 2013) Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0 (5 MB)
Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update v2.0
This update is recommended for all Mac Pro (Late 2013) models.
This update improves system reliability during reboot, resolves an issue with memory self-test, and improves graphics power management when using Boot Camp.

System Requirements:
- OS X 10.9 or later
- EFI requirement:
- EFI 0116 (MP61.88Z.0116.B00.1311020956)
- EFI 0116.02 (MP61.88Z.0116.B02.1311222014)
- Model Property requirement:  MacPro6,1"

FYI: There's now a Late 2013 Mac Pro specific OS X 10.9.1 updater download, using the URL (DL1707) of the original (generic) OS X 10.9.1 updater D/L page from Dec 16th, which has now been changed to a different D/L page URL (DL1715). (I've updated the Dec 16th news to include all 3 updaters (generic, Late 2013 Mac Pro, Late 2013 Retina Macbook Pro) with their current URLs.)

VPN Update for OS X Server 3.0.1 (with Mavericks 10.9.1)
(download page linked)

"VPN Update for Mavericks Server (3.0.1)
This update fixes an issue that could prevent L2TP VPN connections from working with OS X Server, as described in (Clients cant connect to VPN service using L2TP)

This update requires OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 and Server 3.0.1.
Note: the update will only install if you have already launched Server app and used it to set up services." (emphasis mine)

Final Cut Pro X 10.1, Motion 5.1 Updates with Dual GPU Support (new Mac Pros)
Apple released Final Cut Pro X 10.1 today with support for Dual GPUs in the new Late 2013 Mac Pro (and more). Long list in the Final Cut Pro X 10.1 Release Notes that also links to info on How to back up important FCP X 10.0.x files before updating. (Today's Apple docs listing also has more related to Final Cut Pro X 10.1.)
Also out today are Compressor 4.1 and Motion 5.1. Full release notes below but here's a clip from the App store Motion 5.1 changes:

  • Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
  • FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
  • Faster project loading, especially for complex projects
  • Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
  • Spanish language localization

See below for updates to Logic Pro X, Mainstage and Logic Pro Remote.

Apple/products related News/Software Updates/Op-Ed/PR:
(For Apple Pro apps updates, see below for related Apple support docs on the new versions)

The new late 2013 Mac Pros at the online Apple store were showing "Available to ship by Dec 30th" for base/standard configurations as of 7AM EST launch day (Dec 19th), but when I checked again 2 hours later they were showing "February". (They have an option to check for stock in stores by area/zip code, but all here showed only ship to store option.)

New/Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:

Recent Articles/Tips/Tweaks/Reviews:
Listing/links of updates, mod/upgrade articles, tips and reviews you may have missed. (Mavericks on 32bit EFI Mac Pro, Mac compatible 802.11ac wifi cards/adapters, OS X Updates/Tips/Problems, Low-Cost CPU Upgrades for early Mac Pros/Xserves and Minis, OS X SSD Trim Enablers, Internal Mini-PCIe Card Mods, Mac Mini SSD upgrades, DIY OS X Fusion drives and more.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Wednesday December 18th, 2013 News
  • Tim Cook Kicks Off 'Made in USA' Push With Mac Pro
  • All New Mac Pro Available to Order Starting Thursday, December 19
  • Research shows MacBook Webcam can spy on users with turning on its LED
  • Freeware VM VirtualBox 4.3.6 (has Retina OS X Host 3D bugfix)
  • Toast Titanium 11.2 (3175) Update (OS X 10.9 compatible)
  • Civilization V on Mac App Store Gets Major Update
  • Apple Configurator 1.4.3
  • Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - What to do before you sell or donate your Mac
    - About graphic resolutions for OS X inkjet and laser printers
    - iCloud: Why am I getting spam?
    - My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing limits
    - About iCloud subscribed calendars
    - How to manage unused iTunes Gift Card & Gift Certificate balances
    - How to resume interrupted iBooks Store downloads on your Mac
    - How to Back up and restore your iOS device with iCloud or iTunes

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