Apple Releases OS X 10.8.4 Before WWDC

On Tuesday, Apple released its latest security and maintenance update for the Mountain Lion operating system for Mac, OS X 10.8.4, which is now available for Mountain Lion users through the Mac App Store.

The update brings bug fixes and improvements. The version 10.8.4 of OS X Mountain Lion includes Safari 6.0.5, which improves stability for some websites with chat features and games.

There are also compatibility improvements when connecting to certain enterprise Wi-Fi networks, as well as improved FaceTime calls to non-US phone numbers. It also appears that this updated manages to resolve an issue in which Calendars Birthdays may appear incorrectly in a some time zones.

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In addition, according to Apple, the update also includes a fix for an issue that may prevent scheduled sleep after using Boot Camp, as well as improved VoiceOver compatibility with text in PDF documents. Furthermore, it appears that the company declared on a dedicated webpage that along with today’s updated a popular issue of iMessage and the Messages app has been fixed.

Moreover, this update seems to be improving Active Directory log-in performance, especially for cached accounts or when using a local domain. Not only that, but the version makes 802.1X compatibility with ActiveDirectory networks and the compatibility when using mobile accounts, better. Additionally, it addresses an issue that may prevent certain files from opening after copied to a volume named “Home”.

Apple closed its 10.8.4 Beta Testing Program last Friday after eight different beta builds. During the beta, the users had been asked to focus on Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers, and Safari.

Earlier builds of the software were a reason to believe that Apple is also testing high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi in OS X, suggesting the hardware capabilities are likely to appear in future Macs.

This version of OS X comes right before Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, where it is expected to preview OS X 10.9 and iOS 7.

Apple has posted direct links for the 10.8.4 update, which is available, as usual, both in standard and Combo versions. All users who choose the 10.8.4 update should remember to restart the system, once the update has been installed. Apple recommends the newest version of the operating system for security / stability reasons.

 

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