Apple has finally released the first update for the latest version of its operating system OS X Mountain Lion.
The world’s most valuable company said the OS X 10.8.1 release will offer several enhancements in performance and stability to the most recent Macintosh operating system.
Compatibility between Apple Mail and Microsoft Exchange, which induced problems with server connections, no longer poses issues with the update.
Apple expects solutions to other issues, which include sending content in iMessages and a glitch that involves the Safari Proxy Automatic Configuration component.
Stability fixes affects flaws related to the Migration Assistant tool and a problem that prevents several Thunderbolt displays to play audio properly.
OS X 10.8.1 deals with difficulties from SMB server connections and a system freeze linked to Pinyin data input.
Apple, however, did not point out any security fixes or patches as part of the first update.
It is the first major fix the company has released for Mountain Lion since it launched publicly in late last month.
Shortly after its App Store debut, OS X 10.8 grabbed the title of fastest selling operating system in Apple’s history, which saw it fire up over three million downloads just one week after its release.
The update is now available for download through Apple’s website or via the Mac OS X Software Update tool.
As with any update, it is highly recommended to create a backup first before the installation of OS X 10.8.1.
Apple’s support page for the update says,
You should back up your system before installation; you can use Time Machine.
Do not interrupt the installation process once you have started to update your system.
You may experience unexpected results if you have third-party system software modiﬁcations installed, or if you’ve modiﬁed the operating system through other means.
Choose Apple () menu > Software Update… to check for the latest Apple software via the Mac App Store, including this update.
Other software updates available for your computer may appear, which you should install.
This update includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability and compatibility of your Mac, including fixes that:
- Resolve an issue that may cause Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit
- Improve compatibility when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server in Mail
- Address an issue playing audio through a Thunderbolt display
- Resolve an issue that could prevent iMessages from being sent
- Address an issue that could cause the system to become unresponsive when using Pinyin input
- Resolve an issue when connecting to SMB servers with long names
- Address a issue that may prevent Safari from launching when using a Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) file
- Improve 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials
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