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Apple closes seeding of 10.8.4, release expected shortly

updated 07:00 pm EDT, Fri May 31, 2013

Unusual notice required due to infrastructure maintenance

In a rare move, Apple has notified developers working on the forthcoming OS X 10.8.4 update that it is closing down the seeding of new betas, essentially signalling that release of the update is likely to come next week. In the message, the company explains that scheduled maintenance on its Software Update project requires it to close existing projects and that the system for developer updates will be down from today, Friday the 31st. Apple also took a moment in the message to thank developers for their efforts in helping finalize the software.

In addition to the seeding updater, a discussion board and project area that hosted the downloads and bug forms will also be closed down, reports AppleInsider. It is unclear whether the last (eighth) release of the software is now considered a Golden Master -- but as there is no mention of restarting the 10.8.4 project following the maintenance, it is likely that Apple will complete any remaining work on the update over the next few days. In any case, the update is likely to appear ahead of the Worldwide Developers Conference, which is scheduled to kick off on June 10.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for participating," the message reads in part. "Many bugs and issues have been discovered as a result of your efforts. You have helped contribute to the overall quality of our product. We realize that testing may have involved a great deal of time on your part to submit bugs, submit follow-up information, and re-install software along with your daily work. We appreciate your dedication."

Developers will still have access to their participant page, and Apple is encouraging the developers to keep their information up-to-date, presumably for inclusion in the 10.8.5 beta program, presuming there is one. Among the features of 10.8.4 are improvements in graphics card drivers (particularly for Nvidia cards that display some graphic glitches when put under load), wake-from-sleep connectivity to Wi-Fi, and support for the forthcoming 802.11ac standard, presumably supporting refreshed and new Mac models. A previously-unseen Broadcom chip was leaked last week that could find its way into future Mac products, and including 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 on the same card.

Also expected to be included in the 10.8.4 update is a new version of Safari (6.0.5), slightly improved battery life, drivers for the Geforce GTX Titan, and bug fixes for problems that prevented FaceTime calls to non-US style phone numbers and sometimes prevented sleep on some Macs after using Boot Camp to access a Windows environment. Apple will be more focused on the expected debuts of OS X 10.9 and iOS 7, both of which will be previewed at the conference -- though final release dates on both have not yet been announced.





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  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Is this update finally going to fix the 25 second shut-down time on Macbook Airs that started happening to me when 10.8.2 came out?

    Because it better.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Honestly, over the years, you seem to keep experiencing issues that nobody else does, so I'm beginning to doubt whether it's really up to Apple to fix them.

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Really, like these guys?

    2012 Macbook Air Slow Shutdown Problem - MacRumors Forums

    Honestly, I actually don't go installing every last bit of unimportant poorly-tested software out there; if anything, I'm almost the polar opposite, in that I am very careful of what software I install and how it is used. So, I don't understand how I could possibly "use my computer any better than I do" so that I don't get problems "that nobody else has."

    But I can testify that before 10.8.2, this was not an issue for me.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    Except the two users near the end of that thread agreed that a software update fixed the issue.

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Well I have no idea, I just know that if I start up my Macbook Air, and use it for only a few minutes, then shut it down, it shuts down instantly, nearly every time, like it did when I first had 10.8 and 10.8.1. But if I use it for more than a few minutes, I have to wait 20-30ish seconds for the monitor to turn off. I have no idea what software update worked for them, but I've kept up to speed on all the software (and firmware) updates...and I had my hard drive replaced...and I've been checking console messages.

    Let's see if the 10.8.4 issue fixes the problem. Update in a moment.

  1. besson3c

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 03-03-01

    I guess it would be nice to have this shutdown delay bug fixed if it exists, but I don't think I've ever shut my machine down this year. Why do people shut their machines down?

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    I just did, to install 10.8.4. First time since installing a new hard drive, iirc.

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Nope, same problem.


    6/4/13 7:33:07.857 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[123]: (com.apple.PackageKit.InstallStatus) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
    6/4/13 7:33:10.055 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.055 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.056 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.056 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.056 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.058 PM WindowServer[79]: dict count after removing entry for window 0x1c is 0
    6/4/13 7:33:10.062 PM com.apple.launchd[1]: (com.apple.ShareKitHelper[207]) Exited: Killed: 9
    6/4/13 7:33:10.068 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[123]: (com.apple.AirPlayUIAgent[169]) Exited: Killed: 9
    6/4/13 7:33:10.081 PM coreservicesd[31]: SendFlattenedData, got error #268435459 (ipc/send) invalid destination port from ::mach_msg(), sending notification kLSNotifyApplicationDeath to notificationID=147
    6/4/13 7:33:10.082 PM coreservicesd[31]: SendFlattenedData, got error #268435459 (ipc/send) invalid destination port from ::mach_msg(), sending notification kLSNotifyApplicationDeath to notificationID=147
    6/4/13 7:33:10.085 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.085 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.086 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.086 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.086 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.090 PM coreservicesd[31]: SendFlattenedData, got error #268435460 (ipc/send) timed out from ::mach_msg(), sending notification kLSNotifyApplicationDeath to notificationID=100
    6/4/13 7:33:10.090 PM coreservicesd[31]: SendFlattenedData, got error #268435460 (ipc/send) timed out from ::mach_msg(), sending notification kLSNotifyApplicationDeath to notificationID=280
    6/4/13 7:33:10.091 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[123]: ([0x0-0x25025].com.apple.AppleSpell[262]) Exited: Terminated: 15
    6/4/13 7:33:10.091 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[123]: (com.apple.storeagent[145]) Exited: Killed: 9
    6/4/13 7:33:10.092 PM coreservicesd[31]: SendFlattenedData, got error #268435459 (ipc/send) invalid destination port from ::mach_msg(), sending notification kLSNotifyApplicationDeath to notificationID=159
    6/4/13 7:33:10.095 PM coreservicesd[31]: SendFlattenedData, got error #268435460 (ipc/send) timed out from ::mach_msg(), sending notification kLSNotifyApplicationDeath to notificationID=100
    6/4/13 7:33:10.095 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[123]: ([0x0-0x10010].com.apple.iTunesHelper[192]) Exited with code: 1
    6/4/13 7:33:10.096 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[123]: (com.apple.mdworker.shared.04000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000[390]) Exited: Killed: 9
    6/4/13 7:33:10.096 PM coreservicesd[31]: SendFlattenedData, got error #268435460 (ipc/send) timed out from ::mach_msg(), sending notification kLSNotifyApplicationDeath to notificationID=100
    6/4/13 7:33:10.121 PM loginwindow[58]: DEAD_PROCESS: 58 console
    6/4/13 7:33:10.158 PM airportd[391]: _doAutoJoin: Already associated to “DDW361191”. Bailing on auto-join.
    6/4/13 7:33:10.339 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.339 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.339 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.340 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.340 PM WindowServer[79]: CGXGetConnectionProperty: Invalid connection 36867
    6/4/13 7:33:10.341 PM coreservicesd[31]: SendFlattenedData, got error #268435459 (ipc/send) invalid destination port from ::mach_msg(), sending notification kLSNotifyApplicationDeath to notificationID=134
    6/4/13 7:33:10.379 PM shutdown[407]: halt by [...]:
    6/4/13 7:33:10.380 PM shutdown[407]: SHUTDOWN_TIME: 1370388790 379528
    6/4/13 7:33:10.385 PM ntpd[83]: ntpd exiting on signal 15
    6/4/13 7:33:10.393 PM UserEventAgent[11]: Captive: [UserAgentDied:139] User Agent @port=45063 Died

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    That console report covers a time span of just under three seconds. Whatever you're seeing is probably not happening within that timespan.

    Also, is this the restart directly following the installation, or another restart after that?

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    I'm not sure what you mean by your question. I installed 10.8.4 and it restarted my computer like usual. The problem persists regardless of how many restarts or shut downs occur after that. There were no console messages after that until I started up my computer.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    That was the question. When you install, it prompts you to restart. THAT restart takes ages. After that, it should be back to normal.

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