OS X Mountain Lion

Registered OS X developers may be interested to know that Apple has seeded a new build of OS X 10.8.4 today. The update marks the eighth beta of the firmware, and comes just 9 days after the previous release. As before, As before Apple is asking developers to focus on specific areas of the OS, namely Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers and Safari…

Developers can head on over to Apple’s developer portal and get downloading.

[via 9to5Mac]

  • Om

    16 days remaining till WWDC! The countdown is ON!

    • Raj Bhatt

      I am new to OSX, and was just curious… I heard they were announcing 10.9 at WWDC so will 10.8.4 come before that?

      • mehrab


      • mehrab

        How you liking osx?

      • Raj Bhatt

        I’m really liking it so far. I grew up on Macs but I haven’t used one since Mac OS 8. Mountain Lion seems to be really nice. I am really tempted to install the developer preview of 10.8.4 though… I’m just worried it might mess something up haha.

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        Well when Apple announces OS X 10.9 and iOS 7 at the WWDC, these will go into Beta mode until July and September/October respectively … at least that’s what they did last year. And then an official public release will occur for 10.9 in July and for iOS 7 along side a new iPhone in September/October. So Apple can release 10.8.4 anytime between now and the end of June I’d say. But probably sooner rather than later.

      • Raj Bhatt

        Thank you so much for the reply. I guess based on your answer, I should wait until the official 10.8.4 release since it is pretty much imminent.

      • Falk M.

        Yes, you should. Joseph has pretty much summed it up.

        Nothing much I could add apart from the fact that there have been enough developer seeds of 10.8.4 to warrant a launch of said update in a very short time.

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        I’m a registered developer with Apple and I have to say, I wouldn’t recommend installing beta software on a device with valuable information and data. It’s more likely than not that nothing will happen, but just in case something does happen. So if you aren’t registered, I’d just wait because as you said, the release is imminent. When iOS 5 was released, it was a big update over iOS 4, so there were plenty of bugs and instabilities. But iOS 6 wasn’t as big of an update so all the betas were pretty smooth for me. When iOS 7 beta 1 is released, I’m anticipating quite a few bugs, just because it’s said to be a big update over iOS 6. For you MacBook, if you want to download betas, make sure you at least back up your information to an external hard drive of some sort. Just some food for thought.

      • Raj Bhatt

        Thank you for the advice. I am not registered so I’m not going to do the update until it is officially released.

        Just out of curiosity, if I were to do the update and wanted to revert, Could I use a Time Machine Backup? I connected a 2TB external HDD and set it exclusively for Time Machine backups.

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        I’ve never tried this on the MacBook. I know with the iPhone 5 for instances, let’s say you’re running iOS 7 beta 1. If you run into any bugs, you can restore back to iOS 6.1.4 from a back up. So I’m pretty sure you can do the same thing the MacBook, using the Time Machine as an “iTunes Backup” equivalent. You’re external HDD will be what iTunes is doing for your iPhone. But the only thing is, you’ll have all your info on External HDD, but I believe you’ll have to reinstall Lion back onto your MacBook after erasing the beta off your computer, and then uploading your information back to your MacBook. I believe if you just need to reboot and hold “command” and “r”, at least that’s what the Apple Forums say.

  • Jamal Qurban

    ‘Graphics Drivers’…I really hope this fixes the lag on Retina MacBook Pros.

  • m

    Retina Macbook Lag fix Please!! and WIFI drop fix!!

  • Exactly what I was going say. Operating systems are software, not firmware. I enjoy this blog, but until things like this stop happening, I will never consider it a serious one.