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NewsPoster May 8, 2013 08:26 PM
Apple seeds sixth 10.8.4 beta to developers for testing
The <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/285211==http://www.macnn.com/articles/13/04/30/new.normal.weekly.cycle.stays.mum.on.changes.fixes/#1ZFu5Hs6XvtJGdZS.99" rel='nofollow'>weekly release</a> of new builds of the forthcoming OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 are continuing apace, with build 12E47 now available for testers -- again with <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/285212==http://www.macnn.com/articles/13/04/01/notes.are.identical.to.final.1083.betas/" rel='nofollow'>no new changes or known issues</a>, and again asking developers to focus testing efforts on the same areas as before: graphics, Safari and Wi-Fi performance. Earlier builds of 10.8.4 are known to be slightly improving battery life, addressing bugs with Wi-Fi stability and reconnection after waking from sleep, as well as fixing some remaining Nvidia card graphic glitches.<br />
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Previous builds of 10.8.4 were also noted to contain compatibility code for as-yet-unreleased Macs that would have <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/285209==http://www.macnn.com/articles/13/04/10/release.includes.no.new.notes.but.indicates.new.ha rdware.on.the.way/#gIHooTwaS0MHtkuU.99" rel='nofollow'>802.11ac Wi-Fi chips</a>, which could hint of forthcoming models. Apple may be using the code in 10.8.4 as a testbed for compatibility in the future 10.9, which it will preview at the Worldwide Developer's Conference next month and may release in the weeks following the convention.<br />
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The 802.11ac protocol will be backwards-compatible with 802.11g and n standards, and acts as a kind of successor to 802.11n -- using the same 5GHz band but promising significantly faster network speeds and greater range. The 802.11ac standard has not yet been formally ratified but <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/285210==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/07/job.listing.effectively.confirms.ac.equipped.macs/" rel='nofollow'>is complete</a>, allowing products to be created using the protocol -- with any minor final revisions handled by firmware updates.<br />
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Currently, no existing Mac or iOS products support 802.11ac in hardware, but routine "spec bump" revisions -- such as possible refreshes of the MacBook line that may be announced at the WWDC -- would add the capability. No timeframe has been given for the release of a final version of 10.8.4, though its predecessor 10.8.3 received an unusual 13 betas prior to release.<br />
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bobolicious May 8, 2013 10:45 PM
I'm buying only snow leopard capable macs now - Apple is orphaning digital history... 1/3 of users are not upgrading. 10.9? Could 'power user' features include OS access independence...? Needing to run XP in 7 in virtualization to access old appleworks files is a fitting tribute to current Apple policy...
 
UmarOMC May 8, 2013 11:25 PM
According to Netkas.org the 10.8.4 beta contains drivers for the NVIDIA GTX Titan card. http://netkas.org/?p=1243
 
Charles Martin May 9, 2013 02:03 AM
Apple OFFICIALLY discontinued Apple works **TEN YEARS AGO** -- your problem with compatibility is not due to Apple, it's you. You had (and on Snow Leopard still have) a DECADE of opportunity to convert those files to whatever the modern standard is. News flash: DVD replaced VHS, dude.
 
Spheric Harlot May 9, 2013 05:53 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by bobolicious (Post 4229786)
Needing to run XP in 7 in virtualization to access old appleworks files is a fitting tribute to current Apple policy...
This is just…wow.
 
Charles Martin May 9, 2013 07:17 AM
Oh noes! Look at all these old SuperScriptsit files I have from my TRS-80!! How will I ever open them now??! CURSE YOU RADIO SHACK, ITS YOUR FAULT YOU KNOW ...
 
Spheric Harlot May 9, 2013 07:59 AM
WTF!?

Did Apple break HyperCard in 10.8!?

Bastards and their planned obsolescence! My high school psych project is gone!
(NB: I graduated in '91)
 
Jeronimo2000 May 9, 2013 09:06 AM
bobo, you're still rocking floppy disks, right? :)

Seriously, Apple Works. Think about what you just wrote there.
 
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