Sep 122013

Close on the heels of its OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) launch, Apple has put out an update to its Mountain Lion operating system.

The 10.8.5 update is supposed to boost the stability, compatibility and security of Mac systems running Mountain Lion.

The update features a bunch of improvements:

* Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages
* Improves AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi
* Resolves an issue that may prevent a screen saver from starting automatically
* Improves Xsan reliability
* Improves reliability when transferring large files over Ethernet
* Improves performance when authenticating to an Open Directory server
* Addresses an issue that prevented a smart card from unlocking preference panes in System Preferences
* Contains the improvements included in MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0

Just to be on the safe side, backup your system via Time Machine.

In case something goes wrong, you’ll be able to restore your precious data from Time Capsule or whatever backup device you use.

Also, do not interrupt the installation process once it’s started.

How to Update

To update, go to Apple menu () and click on Software Update. That should take you to the Mac App Store where you will be presented all updates.

After the update has been downloaded, you’ll be required to restart your computer for the installation to be complete.

To check if the update has been installed, go to Apple menu () and click on About this Mac. If the installation has gone through correctly, it should show OS X Version 10.8.5.

Ars Technica reports that installation of the update has significantly improved file transfer speeds.

Meanwhile, Apple released Developer Preview 7 of OS X Mavericks on September 3.

Mavericks, which Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, is slated for launch this fall.

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