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Apple updates OS X Mountain Lion to v10.8.5

Apple’s latest version of OS X Mountain Lion has roared out of the traps delivering a raft of improvements to the operating system.

9to5Mac reports that the download updates OS X Mountain Lion to v10.8.5 and right off the bat improves stability, compatibility and security on every Mac running the OS.

Apple’s new update fixes various issues including one that stopped Mail from displaying certain messages and another that prevented the screen saver starting automatically on some models.

AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi has been improved as well as Xsan reliability and improved consistency when transferring larger files over an Ethernet connection.

Performance when authenticating to an open directory server has also been improved and an issue has been addressed that prevented a smart card from unlocking preference panes in System Preferences.

The update also comes with improvements that were included in the MacBook Air [Mid 2013] Software Update 1.0, and has RAW camera compatibility updates plus a new version of the Safari web browser.

OS X Mountain Lion first arrived back in July 2012 with 200 new features including iCloud integration and 1,700 new APIs.

Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks is the next version of the Mac operating system and should see the light of day come the end of October, the day after its fourth quarter earnings announcement.

It’s expected to be a significant upgrade on Mountain Lion with multiple-monitor support, Maps and iBooks apps, a quicker version of Safari, an overhauled Calendar app, and power-user features in Finder.

There are also rumours the Cupertino-based firm could unveil new editions of the Mac Pro, iMac and MacBook Pro around the same time as the new OS X is released.