Apple Releases OS X 10.8.4

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In what might be Mountain Lion’s major last roar, Apple has released OS X 10.8.4, a minor update that fixes a few small bugs in Mountain Lion before the (presumed) WWDC debut of OS X 10.9.

The update is recommended for all Macs, and fixes the following issues:

  • 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-U.S. 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
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent the desktop background picture from being preserved after restart
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent documents from being saved to a server using SMB
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent certain 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 or when using a .local domain
  • Improves OpenDirectory data replication
  • Improves 802.1X compatibility with ActiveDirectory networks
  • Improves compatibility when using mobile accounts

The update clocks in at 342MB and can be downloaded here.

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  • dcj001

    “OS X 10.8.4, a minor update that hosts a few small bugs in Mountain Lion”

    You said that this update “hosts a few small bugs in Mountain Lion.” Is that what you meant to say?

  • Timothy Williamson

    “A fix for an issue that may prevent the desktop background picture from being preserved after restart”

    Finally! :-D

    I’m serious about this one. About every other time I login to my MacBook, my wallpaper is gone and replaced with a plain blue background. I hope this really fixes the issue.

  • rickfdez

    How about the ability to search external SMB drives? That disappeared in OS X 10.8, causing no end of problems for my law office, which lost the ability to search for files on the server from a Mac. We need this simple functionality back.

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