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Apple Releases OS X 10.8.1 with Bug Fixes

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Last Thursday, Apple released OS X 10.8.1, the first security and maintenance update for its Mountain Lion operating system. The software update features fixes for iMessage, Migration Assistant, and audio on Thunderbolt displays.

According to the company’s notes, the update will improve the stability and compatibility of a user’s Mac. Listed below are the software fixes provided by Apple’s software update:

  • Resolve an issue that may cause Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit
  • Improve compatibility when connecting to Microsoft Exchange server in Mail
  • Address in issue playing audio through Thunderbolt display
  • Resolve an issue that could prevent iMessage from being sent
  • Address an issue that could cause the system to become unresponsive when using Pinyin input
  • Resolve an issue when connecting to SMB servers with long names
  • Address an issue that may prevent Safari from launching when using Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) file
  • Improve 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials

Only two developer previews of OS X 10.8.1 were released prior to its official launch. There were also speculations that its beta software appears to address the issue with regard to battery life on some MacBooks. Despite having only two pre-release beta, its immediate release indicates that Apple is working quickly to provide bug fixes to its latest OS.

In relation to this, Apple started inviting developers to test the upcoming OS X 10.8.2, indicating the imminent release of the latest software update. However, there were no reports as to what fixes does the next version will bring.

Invitation to Test OS X 10.8.2

Even before the public release of OS X 10.8.1, Apple has started inviting developers to test the next version of OS X Mountain Lion. Selected developers were notified via email last Wednesday, encouraging them to participate in the “next Mountain Lion Software Update seed project, 10.8.2.”

It was also stated on the note that Apple will provide developers with the pre-release software. Once it is available, they are encouraged to test and install each build to help the company make sure that it will be a high-quality release.

The OS X 10.8.1 is now available via download through the Mac App Store. Users can also acquire a manual installer of the update straight from Apple. On the other hand, Mountain Lion became available on the Mac App Store last July 25. The OS saw a record of 3 million downloads in just 4 days, making it the company’s most successful release for the Mac ever.

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