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Apart from not being able to get the latest package-updates, what are the benefits of the 2013 distribution over the one from 2012? Why should I update? I'm afraid updating will break something regarding my workflow with ST2 and synctex.

I haven't found a specific changelog regarding the update. Please enlighten me.

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The Present section of the TeX Live Guide should give you some pointers. – Gonzalo Medina Jun 22 '13 at 14:44
In fact, the complete Release history is another useful resource. – Gonzalo Medina Jun 22 '13 at 14:47
@cgnieder or, if you want to, please provide an answer, and I'll delete my comments. – Gonzalo Medina Jun 22 '13 at 14:52
Did you use to update your packages when you were working with TeX Live 2012? If so, then I would suggest updating to TeX Live 2013. If not, then you can still update, and revert back selectively to older versions of packages that work. See Historical, stable version archive of packages. – Werner Jun 22 '13 at 14:54
Breaking something should not be a major concern, as you can easily install the 2 distributions next to each other. I myself always keep the old one, just in case :) – Xavier Jun 22 '13 at 14:55
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The MacTeX project has written a nice summary of changes in MacTeX 2013, including a detailed list of changes in TeX Live 2013 (compared to 2012).

They also link to the reference TeX Live changes page, as indicated in comments below your answer.

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