If “solutions for a buggy Mail app” was on your holiday wish list, Apple has delivered: The company released an update to OS X Mavericks Monday that it says fixes several of the Mail.app issues users have run into, including Gmail compatibility, search and Smart Mailbox reliability, and misbehaving contact groups.
OS X Mavericks has seen its fair share of bug reports pop up in the months since its release, including several problems with the Mail app. Although the company released an initial patch for Mail back in November, several problems persisted. With luck, OS X 10.9.1 fixes the remnant issues lurking about. And unlike the earlier Mail patch, this update will install properly even if you are a developer running the GM version of Mavericks.
In addition, the patch fixes a variety of smaller problems, including an issue that prevented VoiceOver from working with emoji, adding support for automatic updating of Shared Links while the pane is open in the Safari sidebar, and providing general stability and compatibility fixes.
You can download the update from the Updates section of the Mac App Store; for more information on the update, you can also visit Apple’s support page. And if you haven’t installed Mavericks yet, it’s a free download for any supported Mac model.