Apple's SSL flaw-fixing OS X update is borking AirPlay

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By all accounts, this week’s OS X upgrade appears to have actually dealt with a great deal of what was ailing Mac users on a number of fronts, however those who utilize AirPlay to mirror their desktop to an Apple TELEVISION might think in a different way.

The Apple Support Communities online forum is seeing an uptick in Mac users whining about AirPlay Mirroring problems after updating to the most recent OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 upgrade.

Although that upgrade has actually done lots of great – consisting of covering a nasty SSL bug and squashing a number of consistent problems with the Mail application – Mac users who depend on AirPlay to mirror or extend their desktops onto an Apple TV feel otherwise.

Based by itself tests, AppleInsider speculated that the problem might be limited to older Mac hardware as the sight saw the problem firsthand on a mid-2011 MacBook Air and third-generation Apple TV.


Judging from posts to the Apple support forum, problems vary from the AirPlay Mirroring options disappearing from the menu bar to video-only connections when extending the desktop.

AppleInsider’s tests kept in mind ‘scaling problems on both the Mac and Apple TV, low frame rates, sporadic mouse freezing and video failures’ even after performing a tough reset on each piece of hardware along with the cordless router.

Our own independent test using a mid-2012 MacBook Pro with Retina Display running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 and a second-generation Apple TV with the current 6.0.2 software application update worked as anticipated.

Apple has yet to acknowledge the problem, not to mention weigh in with an option, leaving numerous afflicted Mac owners with semi-functional AirPlay Mirroring for the time being.