OS X 10.10.2 will integrate iCloud Drive content into Time Machine
updated 11:38 am EST, Mon January 26, 2015
by MacNN Staff
Update should also fix Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mail security problems
[Updated with claims about Thunderstrike fix] Apple has seeded a new beta of OS X 10.10.2 to its workers -- build 14C109 -- that includes release notes explaining the update's major changes. The most significant may be the addition of iCloud Drive browsing within Time Machine, which should let people track related changes and find items that were previously stored in the cloud. Apple has also made a number of fixes though, most notably solving a Spotlight vulnerability that automatically loaded remote content in Mail messages.
Other problems reportedly solved include Wi-Fi disconnections, slow webpage loading, and poor audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones. VoiceOver should have better speech performance, for instance dropping an echo triggered when entering text on webpages. The update will further fix random input language switches, and miscellaneous security and stability flaws in Safari.
Several betas of v10.10.2 have been provided to developers already. Given this and the internal availability of release notes, the finished version of the update could be pushed out soon.
Update: The software should also remedy the Thunderstrike vulnerability uncovered last year, sources say. New code allegedly blocks a Mac's boot ROM from being replaced, or even rolled back, completely blocking an attack. The threat wasn't considered too serious in the first place, since it required physical access to a Mac, but beyond that requirement proved to be a difficult-to-protect attack vector.