Apple on Tuesday released OS X 10.8.4 aim at fixing a number of bugs. Apple KB lists:
- Compatibility improvements when connecting to certain enterprise Wi-Fi networks
- Microsoft Exchange compatibility improvements in Calendar
- A fix for an issue that prevented FaceTime calls to non-U.S. phone numbers
- A fix for an issue that may prevent scheduled sleep after using Boot Camp
- Improves VoiceOver compatibility with text in PDF documents
Includes Safari 6.0.5, which improves stability for some websites with chat features and games
- A fix for an issue that may cause iMessages to display out of order in Messages
- Resolves an issue in which Calendars Birthdays may appear incorrectly in certain time zones
- A fix for an issue that may prevent the desktop background picture from being preserved after restart
- A fix for an issue that may prevent documents from being saved to a server using SMB
- Addresses an issue that may prevent certain files from opening after copied to a volume named “Home”
- A fix for an issue that may prevent changes to files made over NFS from displaying
- Resolves an issue saving files to an Xsan volume from certain applications
- Improves Active Directory log-in performance, especially for cached accounts or when using a .local domain
- Improves OpenDirectory data replication
- Improves 802.1X compatibility with ActiveDirectory networks
- Improves compatibility when using mobile accounts
This update is likely the last or second to last before the release of OS X 10.9 to be revealed next Monday at WWDC 2013.
You can get this update through the App Store.
At the end of July, I posted a graph showing the popularity of OS X Mountain Lion among my readers.
Six days after the release of the new version of OS X, a little bit less than a third of users were already using it.
Just a few minutes ago I ran the same report and this is the result:
Popularity of OS X Mountain Lion among macography’s readers
Two months after the release of OS X Mountain Lion, more than half of the visitors of this blog are already using the latest version of OS X.
Of course, this is not an absolute number that indicates the overall adoption of OS X Mountain Lion across the world. It remains a good indication of it though. I’d be curious to see if other fellow bloggers get similar results.
It is not a secret that fast adoption of technologies just released to the market is an important thing for companies because it drives revenue and in turn fosters additional innovation. In the case of Apple it also helps drive additional users toward technologies such as iCloud that are strategic to the future company’s growth.
As I said this morning in a hopeful tweet, Apple today has released both iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2. As I am typing this short post, both the iPhone and iPad are downloading iOS 6 (estimated time 7 minutes) and I’m about to click on update on my MacBook Air.
It’s going to be a long evening. Talk to you later.
A complete set of battery life tests from OS X 10.6.8 to 10.8.2:
The big change came with 10.8.2, which is still undergoing developer testing. Using what was the latest build when the tests were run, 12C35 (a newer build, 12C43 was released September 5), we saw a tremendous increase in battery life, to the point where running time was a few minutes longer than even that of 10.6.8.
I’d love to see this.
OS X Battery Life Analysis from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion – The Mac Observer.
Many long time Mac users are uncomfortable with Apple’s decision to bring many iOS features into OS X.
Henry Taylor-Gill at Mactrast.com writes:
When I upgrade to Mountain Lion, I’ll do my utmost to de-iOS-ify it, even though I know there is a limit to how much you can do. But as I said, if Apple’s next step after Mountain Lion/OS X is to simply port iOS to the Mac, then it’s the end of the road for me and the Mac.
There’s a distinctive rumble in many Apple forums about the design decisions made for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion. Like me, many users feel that the OS X apex was reached with OS X Snow Leopard.
I don’t plan to follow in Henry’s footsteps but I can feel his pain. Too much iOS in OS X is not necessarily a positive thing.
via Why iOS Should Get Out Of OS X, And Fast! (Opinion) | MacTrast.