updated 07:00 pm EDT, Wed September 19, 2012
Recent models, even Windows programs tweaked for iOS 6
In addition to today's major releases of iOS 6 for mobile devices and OS X updates 10.8.2 for Mountain Lion and 10.7.5 for Lion, a handful of firmware updates and OS X app updates have been posted to Apple's support webpage, mostly to increase compatibility with iOS 6 device interactions but also adding support for Shared Photo Streams in iPhoto and Aperture as well as addressing bugs and other issues. Along with the photo apps, a security update was posted for users of Snow Leopard, and Apple's iCloud Control Panel for Windows was bumped to v2.0.
The security update for Snow Leopard, numbered as 2012-004 in separate downloads for the Client (User) and Server versions, reflects many of the security fixes incorporated in the 10.7.5 Lion update, mostly changes to vulnerabilities in web sharing and DNS services, along with the cancellation of a compromised TrustWave security certificate. Fixes to Core Image, directory services, the kernel and log-in window services also were patched, though no reports of any issues "in the wild" have been reported. The download is 2.36MB in size and requires users already be on the last release of Snow Leopard, 10.6.8.
Apple's two photo-management and editing apps, iPhoto and Aperture, also received updates. Support for Shared Photo Streams on OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.x) was added, but other features and performance and stability improvements were also added. In iPhoto v9.4, comments can now be added to photos after publishing them to Facebook, new card and calendar themes have been added, and a new File command is available to open the current photo library in Aperture if it is installed on the same machine.
Aperture has been updated to v3.4 and likewise has added a new File comment in order to open the current library in iPhoto. The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.x. Both the Aperture and iPhoto updates will show up in Software Update once the 10.7.5 (Lion) or 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion) updates have been installed. The iPhoto update is 757.61MB in size, while the Aperture update is 554.48MB.
Apple has also today released a final version 2.0 of the iCloud Control Panel, which allows Windows users to access iCloud services. In addition to adding support for Shared Photo Streams, there is now a single checkbox for setting up Outlook Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Tasks, along with built-in Outlook calendar notifications, improved Outlook event invitation behavior and the ability to create or respond to shared calendar invitations directly in Outlook. Overall reliability is improved, access to iCloud.com services is now available directly from the Windows Start menu, and the update resolves a problem where adding a reminder to an event could cause an inaccurate alert.
The company has also released four updates for MacBook Air and Pro models. MacBook Air SMC Update 1.7 simply adds the Power Nap update-while-sleeping feature to the Late 2010 model of Air, but requires users update to 10.8.2 prior to installing. The update itself is 658KB in size. The MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.5 is recommended for all Mid 2012 (the most recent version) of the Air, and fixes an issue where Turbo Boost does not activate when using Boot Camp. The update also resolves a problem where NetBook doesn't work properly when an Ethernet adapter is being used. That update is 4.76MB in size, and requires either 10.7.4 or later (Lion) or 10.8 or higher (Mountain Lion).
The latest (Mid 2012) models of the MacBook Pro (both Retina and non-Retina models) also received EFI updates. Regular MacBook Pros will get EFI Firmware Update 2.9, which resolves an issue where the system may hang during heavy processor loads. It requires 10.7.4 or 10.8, and weighs in at 4.29MB. The Retina MacBook Pro gets its first EFI Update v1.0, which also addresses the same problem as the non-Retina MBPs but also adds the NetBook Ethernet fix from the MacBook Air. It is 4.97MB in size and needs 10.7.4 or 10.8 to be installed before it will be available.
All updates are available through the Mac App Store's Software Update function, or downloadable from Apple's support website.