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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 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 Apple article (OS X Server (Mavericks) Clients cannot 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 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:
(The links below were from Dec. 2013, Apple may have changed or removed some articles.)

Topic based page of Guides, Tips & Troubleshooting for Mac/OS X/iOS Users.
Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of recent site updates you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software/driver updates & troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)
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