Apple Seeds New Mountain Lion Developer Build With Facebook Baked In, Power Nap For 2010 MacBook Air, And More

Apple Seeds New Mountain Lion Developer Build With Facebook Baked In, Power Nap For 2010 MacBook Air, And More

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On the eve of its big iPhone 5 event, Apple has seeded a new version of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 to registered developers in the Mac Dev Center. This marks the fourth beta update of 10.8.2 to be released in less than a month, indicating that a public release is imminent.

Unlike the last couple minor version of the 10.8.2 beta, today’s 12C50 update packs several new additions and improvements. Namely, Facebook integration has been fully baked into OS X itself, meaning that everyone should have access to Facebook in Mountain Lion when 10.8.2 drops.

Another notably addition is Power Nap support for the late-2010 MacBook Air. iMessage syncing has been improved to let your Mac receives messages sent to your iPhone’s phone number, rather than only your email address. Safari and Mail in Mountain Lion can also add virtual passes to the virtual wallet app in iOS 6 called Passbook. Due to this addition, expect 10.8.2 to go live for everyone after or alongside the public release of iOS 6.

Apple notes the changes in 10.8.2 12C50:

Facebook

  • Single sign on for Facebook
  • Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos
  • Facebook friends’ contact information and profile pictures in Contacts
  • Facebook notifications in Notification Center

Game Center

  • Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages
  • Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
  • Facebook Like button for games
  • Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement

Other new features

  • Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010)
  • iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac
  • From Safari and Mail on your Mac you can add passes to Passbook on your iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6
  • New shared Reminders lists
  • FaceTime now receives calls sent to your phone number
  • New sort options allow you to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
  • Dictation now supports Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French, and Italian
  • The Dictionary application now includes a French definition dictionary
  • Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts

The 10.8.2 update also includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, including the following fixes:

  • An option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As
  • Unsent drafts are opened automatically when launching Mail
  • Receive Twitter notifications for mentions and replies from anyone
  • URLs are shortened when sending tweets from Notification Center
  • Notifications are disabled when AirPlay Mirroring is being used
  • SSL support for Google searches from the Smart Search Field in Safari
  • New preference to have Safari launch with previously open webpages
  • NethanH

    Excited for Facebook integration. I know Facebook messenger can be used through Messages with a few loopholes, but with all this integration taking place it’d be nice to have some official integration.

  • BigLama

    Nice for facebook integration. anyone know if apple will release siri with spanish dictation tomorrow?!

  • Robert X

    How about fixing effing Parental Controls!

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