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New in OS X 10.8.4: Final Code Ships

5 June 2013 1,466 views No Comment

It's finally here! Apple's just released OS X 10.8.4 delivers Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers, Safari, Windows File Sharing and a whole slew of networking tweaks…

It’s finally here! Whereas Apple advised developers to focus their testing on Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers, Safari and Windows File Sharing, the company ultimately delivered a wide range of internet and networking fixes, as well. Step inside for the full list of changes in OS X 10.8.4.

The Fairer Platform was among the first to bullet point the changes coming in OS X 10.8.4, though Apple has added substantially to the list of issues fixed. For mainstream users, perhaps the most important of these is a fix for the out-of-order iMessages bug:

OS X 10.8.4 Combo (download)
— 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-US 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
— Fixes an issue that prevents desktop background picture from being preserved after restart
— Fixes an issue that may prevent documents from being saved to a server using SMB
— Addresses an issue that prevents 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
— Improves OpenDirectory data replication
— Improves 802.1X compatibility with ActiveDirectory networks
— Improves compatibility when using mobile accounts

Of course, you can also download the OS X 10.8.4 Delta, though it’s widely held that applying the Combo version results in fewer issues and better performance — your mileage may vary.

Whereas ordinary folk have updates to download and apply, last week’s 12E55 dev seed is identical to Apple’s public release, meaning developers are already up-to-date.

With so many network and internet fixes, OS X 10.8.4 surely hits security hard, though Apple hasn’t posted that listing yet. However, it’s known that Safari 6.0.5 addresses four security issues in the browser’s underlying WebKit engine — get the security content info here when it becomes available.

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