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It’s Friday, September 23 and that means the fall season has officially arrived on the calendar -- and with it will soon come iOS 5, iCloud, iTunes Match and another update to OS X Lion to help tie it all together on the Mac side. As proof that it’s getting closer, Apple pushed out a new OS X 10.7.2 build to developers on Thursday with what appears to be final release notes.
MacRumors is reporting that a new beta seed of OS X Lion 10.7.2 has been pushed out to developers on Thursday afternoon, a mere six days after the previous one. The recent updates now incorporate iCloud into the operating system after requiring a separate download for the previous beta versions.
The new 10.7.2 Build 11C62 lists no known issues, asking developers to focus on a number of key areas which include AddressBook, GraphicsDrivers, iCal, iChat, iCloud, Mac App Store, Mail, MobileMe, Safari, Spotlight, and Time Machine. The software update is expected to arrive as a free update for existing Lion users, likely alongside iOS 5, iCloud and iTunes Match which could be introduced any day now.
Curiously, the new build includes what appear to be final release notes, even though it’s not specifically marked as a gold master. The full text of those notes are as follows:
The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices. iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:
• iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
• Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
• Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.
Getting started with iCloud is easy. After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel. Simply enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one and then follow the on screen instructions. To learn more about iCloud visit http://www.apple.com/icloud.
The 10.7.2 update also includes Safari 5.1.1 as well as fixes that:
• Allow reordering of desktop spaces and full screen apps in Mission Control.
• Enable dragging files between desktop spaces and full screen apps.
• Address an issue that causes the menu bar to not appear in full screen apps.
• Improve the compatibility of Google contact syncing in Address Book.
• Address an issue that causes Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
• Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
• Address an issue that causes a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
• Enable booting in to Lion Recovery from a locally attached Time Machine backup drive.
• Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
• Improve Active Directory integration.
For detailed information about Safari 5.1.1, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4922.
For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4767.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.
Before you go copying and pasting the above links in search of further details, MacRumors notes that the URLs are not yet active -- so hang tight and wait for Apple to make it all official, won’t you?
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