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What’s New in OS X 10.8.3 [u]

15 March 2013 4,090 views 2 Comments

Mac OS X 10.8.3 has been in beta, at least 13 developer releases, since November. And, what do we get for all that waiting? A lot of little fixes…

A beta worthy of Google. Mac OS X 10.8.3 has been in beta, at least 13 developer releases, since November. And, what do we get for all that waiting? A lot of little patches and tweaks. In addition to a fix for the F:/// data detector bug, there are tweaks for your Mac’s built-in camera and Windows 8 Boot Camp, as well as a nice battery life boost for Retina MacBook Pro owners.

The final release of this third interim Mountain Lion update comes just two days after the most recent developer beta. There were at least 13 prerelease seeds.

An interesting twist is that the final release and the final beta share the same build identifier, 12D78.

• OS X 10.8.3, download
— The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera
— Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
— Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
— See also: Boot Camp Support Software Update
— A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly
— A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins
— A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs
— Includes Safari 6.0.3
Extended release notes
— Security content
— See also: OS X 10.8.3 (Delta)

MacObserver reports that tests show Retina MacBook Pros have gained 20 minutes of battery life following the application of OS X 10.8.3.

“We decided to also run tests on our 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display,” they say. “Running time went from 398 minutes, which was roughly the same as the public release of 10.8.2, to 421 minutes, a change that persisted with the final build.”

That’s a very nice surprise.

Another nice surprise is that the Pixelmator-nVidia driver issue has been Safari 6.0.3. Though there are many small changes, tweaks and fixes, the real punch line in Safari 6.0.3 are security patches.

For what it’s worth, the delta release of OS X 10.8.3 weighs a healthy 500-plus megabytes. That said, the combo version tips the scales at over 800MB.

Where is the server version? Apple released OS X Server 2.2.1 on February 4.

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