OS X 10.8.2 released, featuring Facebook integration, and better iMessage support

By , Sep 19, 2012

A few days ago, I highlighted my experience with OS X 10.8.2, which is like the perfect supplement for Mac users who’ve just upgraded their mobile devices to iOS 6.

Some of the biggest features included is phone number support for iMessage, which makes the entire iMessage experience lightyears better than before, and Facebook single sign on integration.

Don’t be misled by the “.2″, as OS X 10.8.2 is a huge upgrade over OS X 10.8.1. Take a look inside for the change log, and stay tuned for videos showing off the new digs.

The 10.8.2 update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes new features and fixes. New features include:

Facebook
• Single sign on for Facebook
• Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos
• Facebook friends’ contact information and profile pictures in Contacts
• Facebook notifications in Notification Center

Game Center
• 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

Just go to the Apple menu, and select Software Update to check for the update to OS X 10.8.2. What do you think about this update?

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  • SuperchargedNL

    Looks like I’ve got a lot of updating to do today; iPad, iPhone, Pod Touch and now my iMac as well… :P

    • Falk M.

      Also, all the apps on my iPhone.
      I always get a smile on my face when Apple updates iOS and all their other iOS apps follow and get updates in sync. :D

  • MrNiceGuy22

    Busy day with Tech news *2 thumbs up*

  • http://twitter.com/GaryMindTricks Gary Csaniz

    i cannot get my phone number to activate when i put my phone number in just says waiting to verify and nothing happens, does your phone need to be on iOS 6 as well?

    • Khalid Massalha

      have kinda the same problem,
      nothing has changed with Messages.app, got no where to enter my phone number.

      any ideas why ?

      • mrl09

        iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac*
        You can now add passes to Passbook (on your iPhone or iPod touch) from Safari and Mail on your Mac*
        FaceTime can now receive calls sent to your phone number*

        * Requires iOS 6

  • Marten

    The new features are very cool, but where do I have to set up the facebook integration? I can not find this :(

    • SuperchargedNL

      To set up Facebook and/or Twitter integration:
      -Go to System Preferences
      -Go to Mail, Agendas & Contacts
      -Click on the ‘+’ button
      -Select the option for Facebook and/or Twitter
      Done!

      Edit:
      To post to Facebook or Twitter from anywhere directly, click the Notification Center button (located in the top right corner) and click the FB or Twitter button at the top of the menu.
      To share things directly from native Apple apps (the ones that currently support this feature) use the share button in that application.

      • Vitor Costa

        In my iMac once i entered facebook via Safari a pop-up message asked me if i want to set up Facebook integration! Clicked yes and all it was automatic… no need to set it up via System preferences!

      • Marten

        Thanks, it works now! :)

  • http://twitter.com/luiber93 Luis A. Bermúdez

    Were the battery issues fixed like some people predicted?