By now you’ve probably guessed which one is going to be a simple click-through update on your Mac. Naturally, it’s OS X 10.8.4, the fourth incremental release of Apple’s Mountain Lion operating system.
With several betas seeded over the course of a month, the update is quite probably the last maintenance release for Mountain Lion, before Apple unveils its all-new Mac OS in June.
Macnn claims to have a “feature list” of the software, describing various new features and fixes that are coming in this update. A breakdown of said features can be found below.
OS X 10.8.4 features (so far):
- support for an upcoming networking protocol, 802.11ac, also known as 5G WiFi (which implies the release of new Macintosh hardware as well);
- slight improvements to battery life on MacBook computers;
- Wi-Fi wake-from-sleep reconnection issues;
- fixes for graphical glitches caused by some NVIDIA cards;
- better Microsoft Exchange compatibility;
- VoiceOver compatibility with text in PDF documents;
- a new version of Safari (6.0.5);
- a fix for FaceTime issues with non-US-style phone numbers;
- a fix that prevents scheduled sleep times;
- drivers for Geforce GTX Titan graphics card.
OS X 10.8.4 should be released sometime in the next few weeks. Apple is likely to introduce the update before OS X 10.9, or even in tandem with the new Mac OS.
It wouldn’t be unheard of to see a simultaneous release of both pieces of software, should certain new features be introduced that require cross-OS compatibility (as was the case of FaceTime two years ago).