Finally, Apple has released the download version of OS X 10.8.5 update to its Mountain Lion desktop operating system which is now available with few minor fixes to the Mail and WiFi and other niggling issues. Mac users expected Apple to use the September 10th iPhone event to announce the availability of the OS X Mavericks 10.9 Gold Master seed to registered developers. That didn’t happened, rather seeded the mobile operating system- iOS 7 Gold Master (GM) to the enrolled developers. Alongside iOS 7, introduced two new iPhone models were launched without issue. However, we can expect OS X 10.9 version to land next month at some point. Today, Apple has pushed out a point version of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5.
Following the extensive period of betas for Dev’s, Apple has publicly released OS X 10.8.5. Mac users who are on Mountain Lion 10.8.4 can now update to the latest and greatest bug fixer from the Mac App Store (Software Update) section.
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 beta tested for quite some time, with the hope of eradicating as many reported bugs and issues as possible. After successful completion of beta tests, Apple has started rolling out the software publicly and have pushed out version 10.8.5 of OS X Mountain Lion which is now available directly from Mac App Store to those machines of affected users.
The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 Update is recommended for all Mac Mountain Lion users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac Systems. This update includes these:
- Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages
- Improves AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Resolves an issue that may prevent a screen saver from starting automatically
- Improves Xsan reliability
- Improves reliability when transferring large files over Ethernet
- Improves performance when authenticating to an Open Directory server
- Addresses an issue that prevented a smart card from unlocking preference panes in System Preferences
- Contains the improvements included in MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0
Like aforementioned above, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 focuses on a number of key areas that have been causing users some concerns for quite a while now. The update should immediate fix an issue with the native Mail app that was been affected for a certain set of users that prevented specific incoming messages from being displayed in the app.
Apple is recommending that all users make a Time Machine backup of their Mac before proceeding with the system update. Bundled with improvements to file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi connections. Any Mountain Lion users who had issues with automatic screen savers should also find the issue resolved with this OS X 10.8.5 release. Includes a number of smaller but effective fixes like improved Xsan reliability smart card improvements.
Although with in next few weeks many are planning to hands-on OS X Mavericks, and those who’re happy with the Mountain Lion, this is great to see the improvements coming through from Apple perfectly.