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Apple tackles latest OS X issues with supplemental updates

Additional patches for the most recent versions OS X are available, as well as printer driver updates.

Apple has released a supplemental update to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that fixes some outstanding issues that were introduced in or were not addressed by the most recent 10.8.2 update. The fixes include problems with Lion systems taking forever to back up to Time Machine, and a problem in which Mountain Lion would not allow users to access secure Web sites with parental controls, among others.

The specific fixes addressed in the updates are the following:

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Supplemental Update (26.65MB)

  • Resolves an issue that may cause certain Japanese characters to appear incorrectly in Mail
  • Allows Safari to access secure sites when parental controls are enabled
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent systems with more than 64GB of RAM from starting up
  • Resolves an issue that may cause DVD Player to unexpectedly quit

OS X Lion 10.7.5 Supplemental Update (2.02MB)

  • Resolves an issue that may cause Time Machine backups to take a very long time to complete
  • Addresses an issue that prevents certain applications signed with a Developer ID from launching

In addition to the operating system patches, Apple has made available updated drivers for Lexmark, Epson, and Canon printers and scanners; however, unlike other updates, these are issued in large packages that contain drivers for all supported devices, most of which will not be needed. Therefore, instead of running the standalone installers, allow Software Update to choose the specific driver needed (if at all) for your printer.

As always, be sure to back up your system before installing these updates, though in the case of the 10.7.5 update, you might not be able to do so if your backup services are not working properly.

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