News Archive for Thursday, March 14th, 2013

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15-inch Retina MacBook Pro SMC Firmware Update 1.1:
Here's the Download page details which include some tempting fixes for gaming, fan control and sleep/power nap:

"About MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update v1.1 (504KB)
This update resolves a rare issue where users may experience slow frame rates when playing graphics-intensive games on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It also includes bug fixes for Power Nap, fan speed control and wake from sleep.

After this update has successfully completed, your SMC Version will be: v2.3f35

System Requirements: OS X 10.7.5 or later, OS X 10.8.2 or later"

OS X 10.8.3 Update (with Safari 6.0.3) Downloads/Info on Security Fixes
(Intel X25 SSD users see Warning/FYI below)
The 10.8.3 update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including the following:

    (list of fixes later expanded)
  • Ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in Mac App Store using your Mac's built-in camera
  • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
  • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
  • Fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly
  • Fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive with certain plug-ins
  • Fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs
  • Fix for an issue that may cause the screen to display incorrectly after waking from sleep
  • Fix for an issue in Messages that may cause messages to appear out of order after waking from sleep
  • Fix for an issue that may cause the desktop picture to change after logging out or restarting
  • Improves compatibility with IMAP servers in the Notes app
  • Allows the Slideshow screen saver to display photos located in a subfolder
  • Fix for an issue in Contacts that may cause cards to print out of order
  • Fix for an issue in Contacts that may cause addresses to print in the wrong location
  • Reliability improvements when using a Microsoft Exchange account in Mail
  • A fix for an issue that could cause link aggregation to not complete after a restart
  • A fix for an issue that could cause delays when logging into an Active Directory account on high latency networks
  • Xsan reliability improvements
  • Fix for an issue that could cause Active Directory accounts to be locked out after accessing the Security & Privacy pane in System Preferences
  • Includes Safari 6.0.3

(See doc below for security fixes)

Here are OS X 10.8.3 articles on changes/security fixes and delta/Combo Update download pages.

OS X 10.8.3 release build is 12D78. See today's new/updated Apple articles list below for more 10.8.3 related docs and downloads of new Boot Camp software updates.

You can check Apple's OS X Mountain Lion Forum for feedback/any common problems reported. For mac model specific issues/fixes, check the forum for your model. Saw a post in the mac mini forum (in previous thread) noting improved display color/contrast after the OS X 10.8.3 update and the long MacBook Pro thread on WiFi issues had some posts it was not fixed in OS X 10.8.3. There's also reports of better PC nvidia card support/improved drivers.
(BTW: On a Late 2012 Mac Mini (2.3GHz Core i7/16GB ram/Intel 520 SSD) I saw a surprising increase in Cinebench OpenGL scores with OS X 10.8.3 - 26.51 vs 22.85 with OS X 10.8.2.)

FYI/Warning for Intel X25 SSD Users:
There's several reports from Intel X25 SSD users that it requires the latest firmware to be compatible with OS X 10.8.3. Otherwise it will not boot on a restart after the update. (Here's the download page for Intel's SSD firmware update tool.)
BTW: No problems updating to OS X 10.8.3 in a Late 2012 Mini w/Intel 520 series SSD boot drive. (And a nice OpenGL CB score boost as noted above.)

(Some widespread apple acct/mail problems Thursday, not OS ver specific. See earlier post.)

Security Update 2013-001 for OS X 10.6.8 and OS X 10.7.5 (info/downloads)
Here's information from the OS X 10.6.8 Update download page:

"About Security Update 2013-001 (Snow Leopard)
Security Update 2013-001 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
(here's the specific doc on security fixes in the update)

SHA1= dc52d0f7d2db6080c57c7b9252a4d85c5e178450

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.8"

Not sure it's common but after this update (10.6.8) had a reader say his apple ID/.me email PW failed. Ditto when booting to an OS 10.5.8 boot drive, so must be something on apple's end. (Hopefully just temporary.)
FYI: Apple's services system status showed all OK (green) but there's a note about some users of iCloud services affected today:

"Account and Sign In - 4:52 PM - 6:02 PM (EDT) - Some users affected
Users may have incorrectly received an authentication error when attempting to use iCloud. Setting up a new iCloud account from an eligible device may have been temporarily unavailable. "

Errors/failures reported here also affected OS X mail, not just iCloud/new acct usage. (mail in 10.6.8 working again as of Fri AM.)

New Boot Camp Software (Windows 8) & Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Docs:
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Previous Day's News Summary:
    Wednesday March 13th, 2013 News Archive
  • GRID™ Racing Game for Macs coming March 28th
  • RAM Upgrade Kits For New 2013 21.5" iMac Education Model
  • Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition 13.1.6
  • Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac v14.3.2 Update (see MS doc on fixes)
  • Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac v12.3.6 Update (see MS doc on fixes)
  • Apple Store app gets new shipping options
  • Mac computers not immune to malware (by capt. obvious)
  • Could Next Wave of iPhones and iPads Have Intel Inside?
  • Elusive Apple iTV 'Delayed' Once Again
  • New/Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - Mountain Lion: About Power Nap
    - Aperture 3.4.x: "Open iTunes" button may not work
    - Aperture 3: About Video and Audio formats in Aperture
    - Vintage and obsolete products listing
    - iPod shuffle appears 'corrupt' when connecting to Mac
    - Managing content manually on iPhone, iPad, and iPod
    - iTunes Store: Writing a review
    - iTunes for Windows: iTunes Diagnostics, CD/DVD Drive Tests

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