Apple sent out OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 to developers recently and after the course of testing, the update is now available to the public from the Software Update option under the (Apple) menu button on the Menu Bar. As promised by Apple, links from the Software Update function now launch in the Mac App Store (above) instead of through a Software Update application like it once did in Mac OS X Lion.
Unlike some updates through the Mac App Store, the update to OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 will not require you to re-download the entire file and install it; instead it is just a small update sized at a few megabytes (about 7MB for us) that will over-write your existing operating system. The update will require a system restart after you download and install it, so be sure to save your work before you restart your computer. Even though OS X Mountain Lion is capable of auto-saving your work, it won't always do so at opportune times, so it's a good idea to do this manually too.
So what’s new in the update for Apple’s new Mac operating system? Nothing huge – mainly bug fixes and improvements.
- A problem that caused Migration System to crash has been resolved
- Compatibility with Microsoft Exchange servers has been improved in the Mail application
- An issue where playing audio through a Thunderbolt display would not work properly has also been addressed
- An issue where iMessages would not send in the new Messages application for Mac has been fixed
- A problem that occurred when trying to connect to SMB servers that had long names has now been resolved
- An issue has been addressed that may cause the computer to become unresponsive when using Pinyin input
Since OS X Mountain Lion is available in the Mac App Store, users that have not upgraded to the newer operating system yet will now be able to download OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 when downloading it for the first time (a 4.05GB download priced at $19.99). For anyone that has already purchased OS X Mountain Lion, the update is free and should only take a few minutes to Install depending on your internet connection.
Sources: Mac App Store