OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion update lands alongside iOS 6

Sep 19, 2012
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By now, most of you know that the update to iOS 6 has hit, but Apple isn't stopping there with the updates. It has also released an update to OS X 10.8.2 for Mountain Lion users, and it comes packing quite a few new and improved features. The update comes in right around 700MB, so it does have some heft to it - something to keep in mind if you're downloading over a slow Internet connection.

One of the most exciting new features is true-to-form Facebook integration. After installing OS X 10.8.2, Mountain Lion users will be able to take advantage of single sign in for Facebook, as well the ability to share links or photos directly to Facebook. When you're browsing your Contacts, you'll see the profile pictures and contact information of your Facebook friends, and your Notification Center now houses your Facebook notifications as well.

Game Center has also received a few Facebook-related updates to, with users now able to share their scores to Facebook (support for sharing your scores on Twitter, Mail, and Messages is there too). Your Facebook friends will be recommended as Game Center friends after installing this update, and Apple has also included a Facebook Like button for your Game Center titles.

Of course, there's far more beyond just Facebook integration, as Apple has added Power Nap support for late 2010 MacBook Airs. If you're using iOS 6, iMessages sent your your iPhone will also show up in you Mac's Messages sections, and dictation has added supported for a number of different languages, including Mandarin, Spanish, and - finally - Canadian English. Aside from all of that, there are number of new features and fixes, so take a look at the whole changelog below:

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

* Requires iOS 6

General fixes

The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 update also includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, including the following fixes:

• Adds an option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As
• Unsent drafts are now opened automatically when launching Mail
• Receive Twitter notifications for mentions and replies from anyone
• URLs are shortened when sending tweets from Notification Center
• Notifications are disabled when AirPlay Mirroring is being used
• Adds SSL support for Google searches from the Smart Search Field in Safari
• Adds a new preference to have Safari launch with previously open webpages
• Resolves an issue that may cause the "Enable Autodiscover" checkbox to always remain checked
• Enables access to the Mac App Store when Parental Controls are enabled
• Support for @icloud.com email addresses
• Resolves a video issue with some VGA projectors when connected to certain Mac notebooks
• Addresses an issue that may prevent Active Directory accounts from being locked out
• Resolves an issue that may cause the policy banner to re-appear prior to logging in
• Improvements to SMB
• Addresses an issue with NIS users when auto-login is enabled
• Addresses an issue in which the Keychain may not be accessible
• Ability to pre-authenticate a FileVault protected system
• Addresses an issue that may cause Xsan to not automatically start after migrating from Mac OS X Snow Leopard

So there you have it - we weren't kidding when we said that Mountain Lion users are getting a lot with this latest update. What do you think OS X 10.8.2 for Mountain Lion?


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