Apple Rolls Out Its First OS X 10.8.1 Build to Developers

OS X Mountain Lion

Source: OS X Mountain Lion | Apple Developer Portal

As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple just released the first build of its OS X 10.8.1 to developers last Friday. The delta software update, which comes in at 36.4 MB, carries the build number 12B13.

Although the company reported no known issues on its latest operating system, Apple asked developers to test Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange in Mail, PAC proxies in Safari, SMB, USB, and Wi-Fi audio.

In relation to this, there were also claims that Facebook integration is yet to be included in the OS. It is possible that the social network would come as separate download, or it will be included in a later beta or in another version of OS X Mountain Lion. Furthermore, it is also less likely that the OS X 10.8.1 will feature iMessage with phone number merging.

Mountain Lion’s Battery Life Issues

It is yet to be known whether the OS X 10.8.1 brings in some fixes on Apple’s latest battery life issues with Mountain Lion. Last week, it was reported that anecdotal evidence of new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion degrading batteries on some MacBooks has emerged. The news surfaced the same day that the latest OS was released by Apple.

Based on the test conducted by Ars Technica, the company’s new OS could be the reason why the batteries of some of its devices are draining significantly faster than its predecessor. In a series of test, the online publication tested the battery on two MacBook Pro laptops with Retina Display.

One of the notebooks runs on OS X 10.8, while the other one is powered by OS X Lion. Ars was able to hit more than eight hours of runtime with the Lion-powered MacBook Pro, while the notebook that runs on Mountain Lion lasts only five hours.

Some members suggested that the problem is due to the OS’ Power Nap feature. On the other hand, there are users who found limited success with resetting their machine’s system management controller. However, Apple is yet to provide a fool-proof fix.

While the Cupertino-based company is yet to release an official statement with regard to the situation, there were claims that Apple representatives reached out to affected users to gather system information. This is possibly the company’s attempt to find a remedy to the problem.

Meanwhile, Apple’s first OS X 10.8.1 build is now available for download on the company’s OS X Developer portal. In addition, the OS X maker warned developers they won’t be able to revert back to the previous system after updating their Mac.

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