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NewsPoster Apr 1, 2013 08:36 PM
First beta of OS X 10.8.4 made available to developers
Just <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282312==http://www.macnn.com/articles/13/03/14/makes.boot.camp.upgrades.adds.gift.card.scanning.f or.mac.app.store/" rel='nofollow'>two weeks</a> after Apple finally released Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.3 to Mac users, the development cycle on the next minor update, 10.8.4, has begun. Currently only available to AppleSeed testers, the first beta of 10.8.4 will be distributed to registered OS X developers through Software Update soon, and comes with no known issues. Curiously, the release notes on 10.8.4 are the same as the last betas of 10.8.3 -- asking testers to test Wi-Fi, graphics drivers and Safari. The new build, 12E27, is likely focused on bug fixes.<br />
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There is no mention of any new changes in the new beta, but 10.8.3 brought some unexpected new features -- an updated Safari and better iTunes integration, along with new drivers for <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282309==http://www.macnn.com/articles/13/03/14/makes.boot.camp.upgrades.adds.gift.card.scanning.f or.mac.app.store/" rel='nofollow'>Windows 8 support</a> in Boot Camp -- as well as the usual fixes. Initial reports indicate that 10.8.3 resolved some nagging wake-from-sleep issues for certain Macs with Nvidia video cards, some graphics bugs, Wi-Fi connections on waking and even slightly improved battery life. It also closed some potential security issues and an <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282310==http://www.macnn.com/articles/13/02/04/shipping.for.ipad.mini.orders.drops.to.1.3.days/" rel='nofollow'>odd "file:///" crashing bug</a>.<br />
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The delta version of 10.8.4 requires a Mac running 10.8.3, however a combo version is available that can be installed on machines with 10.8.0 or later. A timeframe for 10.8.4 has not been revealed, however the previous release took a number of months of testing before it was released to the public, including a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282311==http://www.macnn.com/articles/13/03/12/unusually.long.testing.period.continues/" rel='nofollow'>record 13 betas</a>.<br />
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