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OS X 10.8.2 Update nearly ready

12 September 2012 1,818 views 3 Comments

A developer's work is never done, yet work on OS X 10.8.2 is wrapping up and just in time for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.

A developer’s work is never done, yet work on OS X 10.8.2 is wrapping up and just in time as this release has time-ins with iOS 6, which is advertised for this Fall. That said, Apple asked their faithful outside code monkeys to focus their testing on Messages, Facebook, Game Center, Safari, Reminders and Power Nap.

From a user perspective, likely the biggest change in OS X 10.8.2, aside from MacBook battery life on par with Snow Leopard and Lion, is the addition of Facebook integration. The big benefits here are single login, in-app (i.e. Safari, iPhoto, Preview, etc.) Facebook sharing, Notifications and sharing contacts.

Here are the bullet point focus areas with additional details culled from the OS X 10.8.2 [12C50] release notes:

• Messages
— iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac
— FaceTime now receives calls sent to your phone number

• Facebook
— Single sign on for Facebook
— Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos
— Facebook friends’ contact information and profile pictures in Contacts
— Facebook notifications in Notification Center

• Game Center
— Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages
— Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
— Facebook Like button for games
— Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement

• Safari
— From Safari and Mail on your Mac you can add passes to Passbook on your iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6
— SSL support for Google searches from the Smart Search Field in Safari
— New preference to have Safari launch with previously open webpages

• Reminders
— New shared Reminders lists

• Power Nap
— Added support for MacBook Air (Late 2010)

• Various and sundry features
— New sort options allow you to sort Notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
— Dictation now supports Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French and Italian
— The Dictionary application now includes a French definition dictionary
— Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts

• Various and sundry fixes
— An option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As
— Unsent drafts are opened automatically when launching Mail
— Receive Twitter notifications for mentions and replies from anyone
— URLs are shortened when sending tweets from Notification Center
— Notifications are disabled when AirPlay Mirroring is being used

If any readers have had a chance to test Mandarin or Cantonese dictation, share your experiences in the comments or drop a line via the site email address — I’m very curious to learn how well OS X handles these homophone rich, tone-based languages.

via 9 to 5 Mac

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