Apple have released OS X 10.8.3, a free upgrade to Mountain Lion that adds Boot Camp support for Windows, improves Mail support for Exchange users and introduces compatibility with NVIDIA’s latest must-have GPU, the Quadro K5000.
As well as practical additions like Boot Camp support for Windows 8 and Macs with 3TB hard drives (whoop!), new features included in the OS X 10.8.3 update include the ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the App Store using your Mac’s camera, improved reliability for those of us who use our Microsoft Exchange accounts in Apple Mail and more reliable Xsan performance.
The update also includes support for NVIDIA’s newly released Kepler GPU, the Quadro K5000 for Mac – currently the most powerful graphics card you can get for your Mac Pro. We’ve benchmarked this card with Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, Adobe After Effects and OpenGL benchmarks, and can safely say it makes the update a must have for anyone looking to use their Mac Pro for creative work.
Many of the OS X 10.8.3’s bug fixes will put a spring in your IT admin’s step: they’ve fixed issues that caused Active Directory accounts to be locked out after accessing the Security & Privacy pane in System Preferences, and one that caused delays when you logged on to Active Directory on a high latency network.
Our resident audio geeks were pleased to hear that Logic Pro should no longer stop responding if you use certain plug-ins, and the strange audio stutter some 2011 iMacs have been experiencing should also be gone. And for those of us who need to be in constant contact with the world, Messages should now appear in order after our Macs wake from sleep mode, and Contacts should now print addresses in the right order and location. Hooray!