Well, this is curious: It appears Apple has quietly started to enlist users to test OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2, a second patch for the company's latest Mac operating system seeded before the first patch is even available to the public.
Apple has historically been quick on the draw with the initial fixes for each new major operating system release, and it appears OS X Mountain Lion will be no exception now that developers are already working with a beta of OS X 10.8.1.
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.
The engineers at Apple were working overtime this weekend tuning up their beta versions for developers, with iTunes Match once again opening its doors for another round of testing as well as a new seed of OS X Lion 10.7.2 which now incorporates iCloud.
While Apple was busy on Monday night seeding a new build of Mac OS X 10.6.7 to developers, an inside source is claiming that the company may jump the gun and release the final iOS 4.3 build to users as early as Tuesday at 10am PST.
We’re already two months into 2011 and nary a word has been heard from Apple regarding Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the next major version of the operating system which the company plans to ship this summer. If rumors are to be believed, the new iOS-inspired Lion could soon be seeding to developers, complete with an overhaul of the user interface.
Apple released a new version of Mac OS X 10.6.6 to developers on Thursday night which could be a potential gold master, while notifying Mac App Store developers that they’ll have to host their own demos, trials and betas.
As part of their continuing effort to refine, streamline and generally tweak the venerable OS X operating system, Apple has seeded an OS update labeled Snow Leopard Graphics Update to developers. While the update's general release notes state that the package addresses the reliability of graphics and games--issues that a broad spectrum of Mac users can certainly be excited about--the update also tackles other fine points in the OS, including VRAM utilization and hot-plugging.