Apple releases OS X 10.8.4

Apple has just released OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 Update which is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including the following:

• 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

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 is available via Software Update.

You can also download the manual update installer. This is a useful option when you need to update multiple computers but only want to download the update once. These versions of the standalone installers are available from Apple Support Downloads here.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, see Apple security updates here.

MacDailyNews Take: You know it: Schnappy!

Happy updating…


    1. If you want snappy… install 10.6

      On a more serious note, it’s nice to see another update. Now that we have an overly feature rich OS, it’s time to make it more efficient, hopefully we will see this with each release.

  1. Can we get rid of iMessage? iChat was so great with built-in screen and file sharing. iMessage is all over the place, with no screen sharing, and the inability to sync between iPad and iPhone like it’s supposed to. I think it’s the worst current Apple program.

      1. Not as easily, you both have to be signed in as a AIM account with your Mobile Me email. It’s a big pain. Apple had nothing to do with it. It was with the ending of a server technology that I can’t remember what it was called. Apple had not choice as I’ve read it.

        1. Ending of a server technology my ass. iChat Screen Sharing still works great for my mom and I using Snow Leopard (I have 4 Macs, 2 on MtLion, 1 Snow Leopard, 1 Leopard). The amount of collaboration technologies that Apple killed in Lion/MtLion for no good reason still astounds me.

    1. Not sure what reality you’re living in, Paul. But in my world, Messages does everything you claimed it can’t. In fact, it’s identical to iChat in every way, while adding many features related to iMessage.

      Also, just to get our lexicon straight: iMessage = Apple’s messaging service; Messages = the OSX/iOS apps that employ iMessage as well as other messaging services.

  2. How about the ability to search external SMB drives? That disappeared in OS X 10.8, causing no end of problems for my office, which lost the ability to search for files on the server from a Mac. Stupid move for business, Apple.

  3. Will they ever fix iCloud database syncing? Bought a Mac app and its corresponding iPhone app. Less than useless at the moment, because they can’t stay in sync with each other. Going on six months now. And Apple refuses to give a refund, because “all sales on the app store are final.” The best I could get from them was four song credits on iTunes. So that refunds me for the $3 iOS app, but I’m still out $30 on the Mac app.

    My fear is that they’ll fix it only with 10.9 and iOS 7. My 2009 MacBook Pro probably won’t be able to run 10.9, so if that’s the case, I’m screwed with regards to this app until it’s time to upgrade, which will be at least a year.

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