Apple Seeds Another OS X Mountain Lion Beta With Facebook Integration, New Features

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Apple has seeded yet another OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 beta to registered developers. This release, which sports build number 12C50, is the fourth seed in under a month, and it indicates the software’s public release is imminent. But unlike the other three, this one includes a number of new features.

It has that much-anticipated Facebook integration built-in, like previous 10.8.2 betas, but it also boasts Power Nap support for the late-2010 MacBook Air, the ability to receive iMessages sent to your iPhone’s phone number, shared Reminders lists, Dictation support for a number of countries, and more.

Apple’s release notes detail the complete list of changes and improvements:

Facebook

  • Single sign on for Facebook
  • Facebook as an option when shari
  • Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages
  • Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
  • Facebook Like button for games
  • Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement

Other new features

  • Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010)
  • iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac
  • From Safari and Mail on your Mac you can add passes to Passbook on your iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6
  • New shared Reminders lists
  • FaceTime now receives calls sent to your phone number
  • New sort options allow you to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
  • Dictation now supports Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian English, Canadian French, and Italian
  • The Dictionary application now includes a French definition dictionary
  • Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to Contacts

The 10.8.2 update also includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, including the following fixes:

  • An option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As
  • Unsent drafts are opened automatically when launching Mail
  • Receive Twitter notifications for mentions and replies from anyone
  • URLs are shortened when sending tweets from Notification Center
  • Notifications are disabled when AirPlay Mirroring is being used
  • SSL support for Google searches from the Smart Search Field in Safari
  • New preference to have Safari launch with previously open webpages

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5460

For information on the security content of this update, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The update is available now to registered developers via Apple’s Dev Center. It’s unclear when the release will make its public debut, but Apple is clearly working quickly to make that happen. We’d expect to see this update hitting the Mac App Store within the coming weeks — possibly alongside the new Macs that are rumored to be coming in October.

[Via: 9to5Mac]


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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...