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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.8.3 update

Bundles security and performance updates
Fri Mar 15 2013, 15:18
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Apple has released Mac OS X 10.8.3, bringing out some security updates and Windows 8 support in Boot Camp.

Apple's Mac OS X 10.8.3 update rolls up security updates and brings a number of updates to Boot Camp and the Safari web browser. The firm's Boot Camp software now supports Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and hard drives larger than 3TB.

Aside from Boot Camp improvements, Apple has also worked on Safari 6.0.3, claiming that it has worked on scrolling for both Facebook and zooming while also improving performance for websites that use plug-ins. The firm has also worked on improving compatibility for Active Directory and IMAP in the Notes application.

Apple's security updates in the Mac OS X 10.8.3 patch are slightly behind the firm's separate security updates, with Sophos pointing out the widely publicised Java update from 4 March 2013 as one example.

Sophos' Paul Ducklin said, "If anyone at Apple is reading this, please beg your product managers to reorganise their update workflow so that the security notifications go live at the same time as, or before, the actual updates are published. After all, you invite your users to visit HT1222 from the start; I suggest that it'll be much easier to persuade people to be early adopters if you have all your informational ducks in a row from the start."

Apple recommends that all Mac OS X 10.8 users apply the latest update to their systems through the Software Update utility. µ


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