SOFTWARE COBBLER Apple has released the first update for its Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system.
The company said that the Mac OS X 10.8.1 release will include a number of fixes for performance and stability issues in the latest version of the Macintosh operating system.
The update will include fixes for compatibility issues between Apple's Mail software and Microsoft Exchange, which had been causing problems with server connections.
Apple is also looking to solve problems with sending content in Imessages and a flaw affecting the Safari Proxy Automatic Configuration component.
Other stability fixes include problems with the Migration Assistant tool and an issue that had prevented some Thunderbolt displays from properly playing audio. The update also addresses problems that arise when connecting to SMB servers and a system freeze that occurs when users attempt to input Pinyin data.
The company did not list any security fixes or patches as part of the release.
The update is the first major patch Apple has issued for Mountain Lion since it was released to the public in late July. Since its debut on the App Store, the Mac OS X release has claimed the title of fastest selling in Apple's history, storming to more than three million downloads in its first week of availability.
Users can obtain the update through the Mac OS X Software Update tool or manually from Apple's download website. The company recommends that users back up their systems before installing the update. µ