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Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X 10.8.2 and 10.7.5

Two weeks ago, Apple released OS X 10.8.2, which brought a number of enhancements, including Facebook integration and Game Center. It also added support for several features integrating with iOS 6, such as Passbook passes and iMessage/FaceTime access via phone number. Today, Apple has released OS X v 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 1.0. It is a minor update that brings a number of fixes to the latest version of OS X Mountain Lion.

The OS X v10.8.2 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 and includes the following fixes:

– Resolves an issue that may cause certain Japanese characters to appear incorrectly in Mail
– Allows Safari to access secure sites when parental controls are enabled
– Addresses an issue that may prevent systems with more than 64 GB of RAM from starting up

OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 1.0 is available for download via the Update tab in the Mac App Store. Apple has also released OS X Lion 10.7.5 Supplemental Update, which brings several bug fixes to the latest version of OS X Lion.

The OS X v10.7.5 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion v10.7.5 and includes the following fixes:

– Resolves an issue that may cause Time Machine backups to take a very long time to complete
– Addresses an issue that prevents certain applications signed with a Developer ID from launching

The Supplemental Update is recommended if you installed the Mac OS X Lion v10.7.5 Update (build 11G56).

It is not needed if you install the Mac OS X Lion v10.7.5 Update (build 11G63).

Apple Releases OS X 10.8.2

In addition to the release of iOS 6, Apple has also released OS X 10.8.2 to the public. The update is currently available via the Software Update functionality in the Mac App Store.

This update offers a number of enhancements, including Facebook integration and Game Center. It also supports several features integrating with iOS 6, such as Passbook passes and iMessage/FaceTime access via phone number.

This update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users, and includes new features and fixes:

Facebook

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

Game Center

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

Other new features

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

Direct downloads available through Apple’s site include:

– OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.2 (665.48 MB)
– OS X Mountain Lion Update v10.8.2 (Combo) (665.39 MB)

Apple Releases OS X 10.8.1

Today, Apple released OS X 10.8.1. OS X 10.8.1, which is the first maintenance update to OS X Mountain Lion. The update is available via Apple’s site or via the Software Update feature which now directs users to the Mac App Store for updates. This update to OS X is also very iOS-like. I just love the consistency here. OS X 10.8.1 fixes issues with Migration Assistant, Exchange, and iMessage issues. If your Mac is running OS X Mountain Lion, you will definitely want to update.

This update includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability and compatibility of your Mac, including fixes that:

– Resolve an issue that may cause Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit
– Improve compatibility when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server in Mail
– Address an issue playing audio through a Thunderbolt display
– Resolve an issue that could prevent iMessages 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 a issue that may prevent Safari from launching when using a Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) file
– Improve 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials.

The update is Build 12B19, up two build numbers from last Friday’s developer seed. OS X 10.8.1 is 24.2 MB download via Apple’s website. However, when download through the App Store, the update is just 7.8 MB. It seems that Apple has finally begun delta updates for OS X. Delta updates were first introduced in iOS 5 last year.

Mountain Lion: The Underwhelming Incremental Windows Rip-Off

Back in 2011, I was looking for a light weight powerful laptop and the MacBook Air fit the bill. I could run Windows, live in the delusional Apple world, and not break my back. It came with Lion and the OS was smooth. I liked what I saw but it made feel less productive compared to Windows—somehow I am quicker on Windows. I spent hours in computer labs using PCs that ran on Windows while using the MacBook Air as  a media player.

Anyhow.

When Apple released Mountain Lion, everyone seemed to be hav ing nerdgasms at the fact of getting a new OS at just $20. Unfortunately, the delusional world of Apple, a couple of apps rolled into the OS becomes a full OS. Let’s take a look at what Apple says is new:

  • Gatekeeper
  • Notes
  • Reminder
  • iMessages
  • iCloud
  • Notification Center
  • Power Nap
  • Dictation
  • Facebook/Twitter integration
  • Game Center
  • Social Sharing

So here’s the thing… Notes and Reminder are apps, not only that, these apps are useless if you don’t own an iOS device. The rest:

Gatekeeper:

When Windows Vista came out, it had a feature called UAC. The Windows users didn’t mind it, the hipster Silicon Valley bloggers who don’t use Windows had a fun time making fun of it. Guess what happened in Mountain Lion?! Apple introduced UAC like protection in Mountain Lion. And it’s half-assed.

UAC did not allow random apps to start running unless the user explicitly gave them permission or the administration disabled UAC. Gatekeeper can be bypassed by simply right clicking and running the app.

iCloud:

It’s like SkyDrive. But for OS X. Without Office Web Apps.

Notification Center:

So far the only usefulness of Notification Center is the ability to tweet without going into the Twitter client.

Power Nap:

The hipster Valley bloggers and Apple advocates love to mock Windows Vista, but, Apple seems to be inspired by it. Power Nap is a combination of SideShow and Connected Standby in Windows.

Game Center:

Oh hi Xbox LIVE! And goodbye Windows Game Center.

Social Sharing:

Clearly Windows doesn’t have anything like that! Oh, wait. Windows 8 Share Charm!

My point is, Mountain Lion is not a full OS. It’s a refinement to a less refined Lion. You know how Microsoft refines their OS? By introducing Service Packs. And these are free. I don’t mind the $20 because Mountain Lion does add features and makes OS X snappy, but let’s not be irrational and say Apple is giving us a full OS at $20. Because Mountain Lion is not.

The truth is Mountain Lion is an underwhelming upgrade. For $20, OS X Lion users should upgrade since this incremental update makes Lion usable.

PS: Please don’t call Windows 7 a Service Pack because that will only make you look like someone who doesn’t know Windows Vista vs Windows 7.

OS X Mountain Lion Adding Offline Safari Reading List Mode and Dictation to Mac

Earlier this week, it was reported that OS X Mountain Lion will introduce automatic app downloads to Macs. This feature was added in the latest developer preview of the operating system. The search for new features continue, and now it is reported that offline reading list mode and iOS-like dictation will be added.

Gear Live briefly gives a description of the offline reading list option, which is an addition to the Safari bookmarking featured that was introduced in OS X Lion. Reading List also syncs saved articles across all devices. The reports note that a warning screen in Safari on OS X Mountain Lion notifies that articles saved to Reading List are available for viewing even when the user’s Mac is not connected to the Internet.

While troubleshooting a home network issue today, I stumbled upon a new feature that Apple is introducing in OS X Mountain Lion. […]

When you aren’t connected to a network and pull up Safari, you get a message that tells you that you aren’t connected to the Internet, but that your “Reading List articles are available for viewing while you are offline.”

Safari Reading List Offline

In addition, 9to5Mac reports that a keyboard shortcut has been listed in the latest developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion, which suggests that built-in dictation capabilities will be added to the Mac.

OS X Mountain Lion Bringing Automatic App Downloads to Mac

9to5Mac notes that the latest build of OS X Mountain Lion released last week includes the option for bringing iOS-like automatic app downloads to Mac App Store purchases.

Like on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, when you download an app it automatically installs it on all of your iOS devices if the option is turned on and the devices are logged into the same App Store account. A similar feature has been added in the latest developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion. In the latest build, if your Macs are logged into the same App Store account, the app will automatically install on all Macs. It seems that OS X Mountain Lion is all about unification rather than iOS-ification.

Mountain Lion Automatic download

Apple has been frequently releasing updates of OS X Mountain Lion to its Mac developer community, and the company is expected to offer many more details on the next-generation operating system at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The OS is expected to see a public launch in “late summer” of this year.

Apple Again Encourages Developers to Get Developer IDs Ahead of Gatekeeper Launch

Today, Apple has sent out an email to Mac developers, which encourages them to sign up for the company’s Developer ID program. This will allow a developer’s apps to be properly signed ahead of the launch of OS X Mountain Lion later this year. Gatekeeper is a new feature in OS X Mountain Lion that gives users the ability to set limits on app installation.

Gatekeeper email

The new “Developer ID” program provides a level of security by which developers can certify they are the developer behind a given application package. If the developer is found to behave maliciously, Apple will be able to withdraw the Developer ID associated with that developer. This will prevent applications signed with the ID from running and causing further harm to users.

Apple is encouraging Mac Developer Program members to apply for their free Developer IDs so that the software offer will be ready when Gatekeeper launches with Mountain Lion later this summer.

Apple Releases Public iMessage Beta for OS X

I love using iMessage and one functionality that it lacked was the ability to sync with your Mac, but now Apple has changed that. In addition to today’s OS X Mountain Lion news, Apple has released a public beta version of its new Messages app for OS X for existing users. About time, don’t you think? iMessage was one of the biggest features of iOS 5, and it allows users to chat across multiple devices using the same interface that’s used for SMSes. Something which Android still lacks till this day. The best part? While SMS costs additional money, iMessage does not. It is offered for free!

OS X Messages

The new Messages app includes the features of iChat and FaceTime and adds compatibility with the features of iMessage introduced for iOS last year. You can download Apple’s iMessage beta for free via their download page. It should be noted that you need to make sure the latest version of OS X is running on your Mac. The app also supports AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber accounts.

Download Messages Beta and get a taste of what’s coming in OS X Mountain Lion. When you install Messages, it replaces iChat. But iChat services will continue to work. And Messages brings iMessage to the Mac — just like on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 5. Here are the features you can expect with Messages:

– Send unlimited iMessages to any Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
– Start an iMessage conversation on your Mac and continue it on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
– Send photos, videos, attachments, contacts, locations, and more.
– Launch a FaceTime video call and bring the conversation face-to-face.
– Messages supports iMessage, AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber accounts.

I have been using the app for a few hours now and it is incredibly simple to use and simply awesome. Like I said, about time!

Apple Releases First Developer Preview of OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion Macs

Whoa! That was a bit unexpected from Apple. Today, the company has announced that it has released the first developer preview of the company’s next-generation operating system, called OS X Mountain Lion. Surprisingly, OS X Lion was only released less than a year ago. This release will bring over a 100 new features, including many that already exist in iOS. For example, features such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Twitter integration, and AirPlay Mirroring. If we take a look into this further, it really is brilliant on what the company is doing with their ecosystem. They are combining iOS and Mac into one OS. No more fragmented OSes and versions like Windows!

“The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The developer preview of Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the incredibly successful release of Lion and sets a rapid pace of development for the world’s most advanced personal computer operating system.”

In addition, OS X Mountain Lion offers deeper integration with iCloud  to automatically configure services like Mail, FaceTime, and Find My Mac, while iCloud Documents handles automatic push syncing of documents across devices. Yup, this is also brilliant. Why? Because Apple has essentially made cloud computing popular among average consumers without them actually realizing it. Also, The Verge points out that the company has officially dropped “Mac” name from OS X Mountain Lion.

OS X Mountain Lion will be made available to the public in late summer.