Apple continues the weekly update of the beta builds of the next version of Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8.4. The 7th consecutive beta in as many weeks is Build 12E52 and is available to those in the Developer Network via a download on the site or via the App Store for registered Macs.
As has been the case with previous beta builds of 10.8.4, developers are asked to focus on wireless connectivity, graphics drivers and Safari in their testing. This is the fourth beta after code was discovered pointing to 802.11ac development for
Mac, hinting at a refresh of the platform possibly as early as WWDC.
If you are not a member of the Apple Developer Network, joining is $100 per year for Mac development and an additional $100 per year for iOS development.
There is no word on when 10.8.4 will be released to the general public but it is clear that Apple, like 10.8.3 before it, want to have plenty of beta cycles under their belt before releasing it. 10.8.3 had a total of 13 betas before it was released.
For more information, check out the Developer Network site.
Apple has notified developers in the Apple Developer Network of the latest beta for OS X 10.8.4 today. The new build is known as Build 12E33A and is the 3rd beta of the latest version of Mountain Lion. This new build comes a week after the previous beta was released which is keeping in line with Apple’s one beta a week release cycle.
Like the previous two builds, the release notes on this beta for OS X 10.8.4 do not shed much light on what exactly is being worked on in Cupertino. The standard notes to developers to focus on WiFi, Graphics Drivers and Safari remain but
little other detail about the build is known. Reports have suggested that the betas are very solid with few issues which could lead to a quick public release but that is also unclear.
The updated beta for OS X 10.8.4 comes at the same time rumours continue to suggest OS X 10.9 is being delayed for an all-hands effort to get iOS 7 out the doors. That could mean that the work in this beta is more important than it would have been just a few weeks ago.
To get the latest beta you will need to be a part of the Apple Developer network which is $100 per year to join. More information can be found on it here.
Thanks to our developer friends who sent us the information here at AlliOSNews.
Coming less than a week after the first beta was released, Apple has released the 2nd beta for OS X 10.8.4 to the developer community today. Build 12E30 was seeded to developers with the same sparse release notes that came in the first beta.
OS X 10.8.4 is to be the next version of Mountain Lion released but when that public release will happen is unclear. Apple generally does not give timelines on dot updates as it varies with each beta cycle. If you remember, 10.8.3 had some 13 beta build before it became generally available. With the rumours that 10.9 is being pushed back so iOS 7 can be sped up, it is likely this release will gain a bit in importance.
As with the previous beta, the focus areas remain wireless, graphics drivers and Game Center.
The beta is now available for Developers
Coming just a few weeks after the public release of 10.8.3, Apple has seeded the latest beta build to developers today. Mountain Lion 10.8.4 is available only to those belonging to the Apple Developer network and the build version is 12E27.
Mountain Lion 10.8.4 came with the standard issue of release notes according to our insider but those notes did not contain anything specific as to what was addressed or updated in this release. The only things mentioned in the focus areas of the notes were WiFi, Safari and Graphics.
As expected, there is no indicated date of when Mountain Lion 10.8.4 will be available to the public. In the case of 10.8.3, there were over a dozen revisions to the build over the course of 5 months developers had access to it. That was a long beta cycle even by Apple standards so it is difficult to say if that will be the case again on this release.
It is also worth noting that February marked the one year anniversary of Mountain Lion being announced. 10.8.4 could very well represent one of the last major builds of Mountain Lion as anticipation of a new OS X, 10.9, is expected soon. How soon and if this is indeed one of the last updates for 10.8, only time will tell.
Mountain Lion 10.8.4 is available through the Apple Developer network which is $100 per year to join. More information can be found on the Developer site.
Yesterday Apple released iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 to developers for further testing of what will be the next minor update to their mobile platform. The update addresses a well publicised security flaw that came with the release of 6.1 where users devices can be access by bypassing the lock screen security feature. The release comes just days after 6.1.2 was released to the general public, suggesting that Apple is working fast and furious to address any issues with iOS.
With iOS 6.1.3, Apple has continued to further develop the Maps app for users in Japan, bringing a long list of
improvements to users. These include improved motorway colours, indication of transit buildings (such as rail stations), improved 3D buildings in Tokyo and improved pronunciations to touch on the highlights. The updates in iOS 6.1.3 to Maps for Japan makes senses as a major push for improvement in the app for that country also came with IOS 6.1.
As always the latest beta build of IOS 6.1.3 is available only to developers. There is no indication of when this new build will become generally available but if the last few weeks are any indication, it should not be much longer. AlliOSNews will of course post when it is generally available so you will know to download it via iTunes or Over-The-Air to your iPhone or iPad.
For more information on the Apple Developer network, visit http://developer.apple.com
Thank you to our anonymous developer member for the update!
Yesterday Apple seeded another build of OS X 10.8.3 to developers according to our anonymous developer contact. The latests update to Mountain Lion has now had ten beta build released to developers, making it one of the most tested releases to date from Cupertino. The 12D65 build comes a week after 12D61 with no mention of any known bugs or issues that caused the need for another beta build.
As we’ve reported earlier, the main focus areas of OS X 10.8.3 are AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, Graphics Drivers and Safari
. Interestingly, some sites are reporting that the well publicised file:/// bug is now fixed in this latest update – which could very well be the reason for it but that is not confirmed.
There is still no indication of when OS X 10.8.3 will be released to the general public but it feels like an impending event now. With this release being so thoroughly tested, Apple surely has confidence that it is ready for Prime Time. The timing of course will also be interesting as it related to the next release of OS X. Many Apple sites are seeing traffic from OS X 10.9 including us here at AlliOSNews. That means that testing of whatever the next big cat release is has begun.
Remember that when OS X 10.8.3 is released you can go to the App Store on Mountain Lion and it be there waiting for you. We of course will keep you updated as soon as we see the release go public.
If you want to get the beta you must be a part of the Apple Developer Network. You can click here to get more information on joining the $100 per annum program.
Thanks to our anonymous developer friend for the insights!
The latest beta of iOS 6.1 landed in members of the Developer Network this weekend, just a couple of days before the current version expired. The new Beta 5 of iOS 6.1 was released on Saturday, following up Beta which was released 39 days prior on December 17, 2012. The release of Beta 5 was curious given the expiration of Beta 4 today. Usually Apple releases a new beta the day of or the Friday before the expiration. It is curious as to why they released this update to iOS 6.1 over a weekend but regardless, it is here and in time for developers to update their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch’s to the new build.
Many had hoped that since the time between Beta 4 and 5 were so long that iOS 6.1 would be sent to GM status, that is Gold Master. The GM is the build that is almost always released to the public. If tradition stands, Apple will release the
GM a week or two prior to developers then release it to the public.
There is no word on what if anything this latest build of iOS 6.1 addresses over the last beta. Indeed according to sources, the Developer site has not been updated with Beta 5 Release Notes and the like. Unless there was a widely reported bug in the latest beta, this is likely a continued smoothing process before iOS 6.1 gets to the public.
Likewise there is no word on when iOS 6.1 will be made available to the public. Apple has produced as high as 7 beta builds for iOS in the past but they have had as few as 5 in the long history of the platform. The takeaway for AlliOSNews readers: It could be next week that iOS 6.1 gets announced… or next month… or March… or…. you get the point. It is hard if not impossible to know exactly when this new version will be publicly available.
iOS 6.1 Beta 5 is available through the Apple Developer Network to members only. For more information on the Developer Network, visit this link.
iTunes Connect, the portal that developer use to upload their updated apps will be shut down for approximately 4 hours on 26 January for maintenance. In the email sent to developers by Apple, there was no specific mention of an issue or other changes, must merely a maintenance update.
iTunes Connect is the primary way for developers of iOS applications to get tools and submit apps and app updates to Apple for approval. It is a part of the Apple Developer Program and the maintenance means that developers will not be able to submit updates or new apps and content delivery for apps through iTunes Connect will also be unavailable.
For consumers the maintenance will have little noticeable impact. If you were to search in iTunes on your Mac or PC for App Updates, you would simply be returned a “no updates are available” message.
For more information on the Apple Developer Network, you can visit this link. There are multiple programs within the network which cover iOS development, Mac development and Safari. The Safari program is free to join while the iOS and Mac programs are $99 each year. Once in the particular program of your choice you will have access to Beta builds of products and Operating Systems from Apple, all of which are under a strict NDA.
If you have not gone into the App Store app on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad or conversely into iTunes on your Mac or PC, you should do so to make sure you have the latest updates prior to Saturday. If you aren’t familiar with the process, just open iTunes on your Mac or PC, go to the Apps section of your library then in the lower right corner click the “Check for Updates” button. Updates of apps in your App Library shown to you and you can then with one click download them all to update your apps.
Mountain Lion 10.8.3 Beta has been updated for developers. The new 12D54 build was released on Wednesday of this week to registered Apple Developers with the focus continuing to be on AirPlay, AirPort, Graphics Drivers, Safari and Game Center. Not specific changes are mentioned in the release notes nor are there any known issues in the release notes.
9to5 Mac is reporting that the build contains significant updates to the Wireless Networking abilities of Mountain Lion
This update comes just a little over a week from the previous update to Mountain Lion and most are fully expecting the update to go public very shortly. When, of course, only Apple knows. This update also represents the 7th beta in the
10.8.3 train so plenty of testing has been done on it to now, further fuelling the impending release to the public.
The timing of the release of this latest update to Mountain Lion could be interesting. On February 6, 2012 Apple surprised the world with the announcement of Mountain Lion, an OS X update nobody seem to have seen coming (proves they can keep a secret inside Cupertino!). The question will be how soon after this update will we see announcements around the next big cat release, 10.9? It could be a matter of weeks if last year is any indication.
If you are a registered developer you can download the update now via the App Store (if you have the Seed Configuration Utility in place) or directly from the website. To join the Developer network, go to http://developer.apple.com for details. On the site you will find details about joining the OS X Developer Network as well as the iOS and Safari networks.
Apple has quietly released the 3rd beta for the next release of OS X for Mac today. The new build for OS X 10.8.3 is build 12D43 and is available for developers at the Apple Developer site. The release does not have any noted issues which tends to indicate that Apple is getting close to a final release of the new dot-release.
The main focus areas of this release remain AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, Safari and Graphic Drivers.
No official release date has been provided for OS X 10.8.3 and given that the iTunes Connect shuts down on Friday for the holidays, I do not think we will see it until after the new year.
For information on how to join the Apple Developer program, visit this link.