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Update on Software Update

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | Author:

It turns out that Apple wasn’t content to simply release iOS 6 yesterday; Many OS X users were treated to updates as well. Granted, many of these updates added more interoperability with iOS 6, but each of these updates also addressed ongoing problems too, so you may want to update your Mac, even if you’re not planning on moving to iOS 6.

So, let’s take a look at what was updated.

  • iOS 6 – This was the biggie for the day. See yesterday’s article for more info.
  • OS X 10.8.2 – A bunch of little updates, including Facebook sharing integration, Power Nap support for the Late 2010 MacBook Air, and a number of iOS 6 interoperability options.
  • OS X 10.7.5 – Lion users got an actual “point” upgrade, too. The most notable upgrade here  is the addition of Apple’s Gatekeeper security feature.
  • Security Update 20012-004 – 10.6.x Users also got at least a little something; a general security update that covered updates for 10.7.5 and 10.8.2
  • Safari 6.0.1 – This adds some security measures to protect against maliciously-coded Web pages. It’s not a separate download; it’s currently only available when updating to 10.8.2 or 10.7.5
  • Aperture 3.4  - This adds Shared Photo Stream support, along with other functionality and performance updates.
  • iPhoto 9.4  - adds Share Photo Stream support, enhanced Facebook capabilities, new themes, and other improvements.
  • Xcode 4.5 – This added 10.8 and iOS 6 SDKs, as well as other workflow updates.
  • There are also a number of firmware updates. While there’s often a list of what this firmware addresses, there are often other “undocumented bonuses” to a firmware update, so you may want to upgrade anyway. You never know what kinds of extra performance benefits Apple may unofficially add, so if you’ve got one of these machines, it’s probably in your best interest to update:

And while you’re running software updates, if you’ve got Microsoft Office 2008 or 2011, you may want to hit their updater as well, as both versions just got bumped up a little. 2008 consists mostly of stability updates, while 2011 gets Retina graphics support, as well as several updates to Outlook.

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