While analysts and Mac users expect Apple to announce the OS X Mavericks 10.9 Gold Master seed, the Cupertino-based company decided to release an update for the OS X Mountain Lion.
The update was meant to fix a number of niggling issues while focusing on a number of key areas that have been causing users some concerns for quite a while. Following the successful completion of a beta test, the version 10.8.5 of OS X Mountain Lion has managed its way through the Mac App Store to the machines of affected users.
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 focuses on bringing increased stability, compatibility and overall security of the Mac that it is running on. Apple recommends its users to create a Time Machine Backup of their Macs before proceeding with the system update.
The update immediately fixes an issue with the native Mail app that had affected a certain set of users. The bug prevented users to see specific incoming messages. In the same time, Apple has managed to fix file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi connections. All Mountain Lion users who encountered the already-mentioned issues and with the automatic screen savers should find their problems solved with this software update.
A number of other small bugs are also included as a part of the release. This includes improved Xsan reliability smart card improvements. For those users who hardly expect the OS X Mavericks to be released, perhaps this update is not fulfilling. However, for the rest of users who encountered problems in the past, the update is more than welcomed.
The simplest way to update a Mac is by visiting the Apple menu and selecting Software update. This update weighs in around 400 MB, and it will download and install through the Mac App Store. A restart will be required in order to complete the upgrade.
At it was mentioned earlier, the OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users. It gives stability, compatibility and security for Mac machines. In the same time, the update brings many other bug fixes such as displaying messages in Mail App issue, improved Xsan reliability and contains the improvements included in MacBook Air (Mid 201) Software Update 1.0.
For those who want to fix all those issues and problems, the OS X Mountain Lion update is available for download. Nevertheless, separately, the next major software upgrade for Mac is OS X Mavericks version 10.9, which is scheduled for release sometime next month.