Mavericks 10.9.2 has been seeded to developers and brings with it a pretty notable addition in the form of FaceTime Audio integration within the native FaceTime and Messages apps.
It will allow users to make audio-only calls from the apps, for those times when only voice is necessary, or when users, you know, don't necessarily want to see the person they're calling.
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The FaceTime Audio feature has been available to iOS 7 users since that software became available in September, but this update will bring Mac users into the fold.
Taking a swipe at Skype
The improvements to FaceTime, give Apple a more legitimate shot at rivalling Microsoft's dominant Skype platform is the best all-in-one tool for online calls, video chats and instant messages.
Naturally, Skype still has a major advantage over FaceTime due to its cross-platform compatibility, but in terms of its Apple-to-Apple share of the market, Skype may lose a little ground.
There's no word yet on when the update will reach Mac users, but these betas usually go through a few versions, so we'd wager it'll probably arrive sometime in the first few months of 2014.
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