New OS X 10.8.5, iTunes, and Safari builds seeded internally as releases imminent

“Today, Apple has begun seeding new versions of OS X Mountain Lion, iTunes, Safari and Java to Apple employees,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“The new OS X build is version 10.8.5, and it is a supplemental update to the version that was publicly released last month,” Gurman reports. “Last week, we noted that Apple was preparing this new version with bug fixes for MacBook Airs, USB, and HDMI, and today’s new seed is a higher build number (12F45 versus 12F42). This indicates that Apple is making progress on the release and that the launch is nearing for customers.”

Gurman reports, “Also provided to Apple employees is iTunes 11.1.1. This upcoming update is a bug-fix release for the recently launched iTunes 11.1. iTunes 11.1 brought iTunes Radio to the Mac, and 11.1.1 will improve stability and fix bugs relating to Podcast management and iTunes Extras.”

Much more in the full article here.


  1. Hopefully the iTunes update will cure the odd zombie behavior whereby it locks out the user and keeps playing and playing and playing. I’ve run into it a few times. The only cure has been a force quit.

    As for Safari, I can’t comprehend why Apple hasn’t already released version 6.1. It significantly improves the RAM devouring/Sit&Spin problem. The beta hasn’t been updated for a few weeks, so…

    And I hope Apple call the OS X update 10.8.6. Everyone finds the ‘supplemental’ updates to be entirely confusing. I remember when Mac OS 8.6 shipped with a profoundly bad fonts bug. But instead of shipping an 8.6.1 update, you had to know to download an obscure patch that was NOT part of 8.6. That was a very bad move on Apple’s part, as if you have to be part of some secret brotherhood to know about the fix.

  2. Late 2009 White MacBook, put in 128GB SSD and spinning beach ball, begone. Totally gone. It’s like a new computer. Opened, mail, safari, iMovie, iPhoto, aperture, pages, outlook and keynote and still no spinning beachball.

    The best part beyond the speed bump, was it was free as it came from an HP laptop being recycled. The manufacturer website only listed windows compatibility but I thought I would try it anyway and it formatted and worked with absolutely no problem.

  3. If Apple is really working on newer builds of Mountain Lion with safari and itunes, which are supposed to ship with Mavericks then chances of Mavericks being a free update, which was reported on MDN is just not going to happen.

      1. Wrong, Andrew.

        The pronoun in question here is the subject of the clause ending the sentence; therefore, “whoever” is correct.

        Good going, Eric. You can be our editor here. Andrew cannot.

      2. Here’s an easy “trick” to help you here, Andrew:

        Ignore everything in the sentence preceding “has been writing these headlines.” Now, into that group of words try to must put [he = whoever] or [him = whomever]. Of course, “[he] has been writing these headlines” works–‘[him] has been writing these headlines” does not.

        So, let your ear be your guide. “Whoever” is correct here.

        1. I disagree–perhaps I am a bit more traditional?

          Who Wins?
          Mentally fill in the missing words.
          So the battle continues: the conjunctionists have history and the avoidance of ambiguity on their side, while the prepositionists have than whom and several counterexamples on theirs. Who wins? I believe Ken Wilson sums it up best in The Columbia Guide to Standard American English (3):

          Than is both a subordinating conjunction, as in She is wiser than I am, and a preposition, as in She is wiser than me…. Since the following verb am is often dropped or “understood,” we regularly hear than I and than me. Some commentators believe that the conjunction is currently more frequent than the preposition, but both are unquestionably Standard.

          So remember, than he and than him are both defensible, but not all grammar mavens feel this way. Therefore, I would avoid the prepositional use in formal settings, such as a research paper or job interview—and I would argue, advertising, but Cadbury obviously feels otherwise. The usage note in The American Heritage Dictionary (4) agrees: “The writer who risks a sentence like Mary is taller than him in formal writing must be prepared to defend the usage against objections of critics.” Unfortunately, defending your grammar during an interview is not the best way to make a good impression.

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  4. I hope they bring iTunes Radio to Snow Leopard.

    I enjoy iTunes Radio at home, and it would be great to listen to it at the office where everyone is running Snow Leopard.

    I can’t imagine there’s technical reason limiting iTunes Radio to Mountain Lion, and it supposedly worked there in beta. I think they just made it Lion only right before release just to ease the strain amount of traffic strain on their network.

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