Apple Gearing Up for OS X 10.8.3 Beta

Apple OS X Mountain Lion

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Last Wednesday, it was reported that Apple has rolled out their invitations for developers to test the next update of the OS X Mountain Lion. This could mean that the first beta of OS X 10.8.3 will be released soon.

Introducing: OS X 10.8.3 Beta

People familiar with the situation indicated that select members of Apple’s developer community received an invitation last Wednesday. The invitation was sent out prior to the introduction of the new beta.

No details were given as to the features of OS X 10.8.3. However, it is a no-brainer that the pre-release data period lets developers test the software’s applications and find potential bugs before it becomes available to the public.

Apple’s latest update for the OS X Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8.2, was released last September. The release came at the heels of iOS 6’s launch. It is considered a major update, as it brings in system-wide Facebook integration.

It allows users to sign in on Facebook from one place, and the social network also appears as an option when sharing links and photos. Additionally, the contact information of a user’s Facebook Friends will also appear on the OS’ Contacts, while notifications from the social network will appear in the Notification Center.

Other OS X 10.8.2 features highlighted by Apple enables users to share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail or Messages; include Facebook friends in Game Center friend recommendations, Facebook Like button for games, and challenge friends to beat a user’s score or achievement.

Inside OS X Mountain Lion

The OS X 10.8 was released last July on the Mac App Store as a $20 upgrade. It is also pre-installed on all new Macs.

Apple’s latest OS was released during the company’s announcement of their third quarter fiscal results. It features over 200 applications, including the “Documents in the Clouds”. Using the software’s deep iCloud integration, users can now access their files anywhere.

The Notes and Reminders apps were also added to the iCloud website, making it available from anywhere using any Apple device that has data connection. In addition, Mountain Lion boasts “dictation for Mac” that is also available for the latest iPad models. However, this feature is not the same as the Siri voice assistant.

It also comes in with the improved Safari with unified smart search field and iCloud Tabs, as well as the Power Nap that updates the device and backs up data automatically while the machine is sleeping.

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