Apple Releases OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5

Apple Releases OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5

Following an extremely intensive testing period spanning many months, Apple has finally released OS X  Mountain Lion 10.8.5 – a significant incremental update recommended for all users of Mountain Lion. The update brings numerous bug fixes and improvements relating to WiFi, Mail, file transfers, screen savers, and more.


The previous update to Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8.4, was released way back in June, just before Apple’s World-Wide Developer Conference.

The full change log can be found below.

About the update

The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

This update:

  • 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

OS X 10.8.5 is currently available through Software Update on the Mac App Store, as well as for direct download from Apple’s services via the below links. Happy updating!

Aside from the Mountain Lion update, Apple has released security updates for OS X Lion and Snow Leopard as well, which are also available through Apple’s website and through Software Update.

OS X Lion

OS X Mountain Lion