Apple Seeds First Developer Beta of OS X 10.7.4

Alongside today's release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2, Apple also seeded the first pre-release version of OS X 10.7.4 to developers for testing. The release arrives as Build 11E27.


Apple has reportedly asked developers to focus their testing efforts on Address Book, Graphics, iCal, Mail and Printing in the new build, which also contains one documented known issue related to playing purchased iTunes content through QuickTime.

A separate pre-release version of OS X Server 10.7.4 is also available.


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67 months ago
What amazes me are all the tosser engineers at Apple who won't acknowledge issues that us developers have posted since Lion's first DP. "Mission Control" has the most filed bugs under UI, followed by lagging [full] multiple display and OpenGL support. A friend of mine worked in ProApps on the new FCPX as a design consultant, they experienced extreme frustration as their input as film editors/professionals went seemingly unheard and the end result was far from what the design team(s) suggested.

It seems Apple has their way and no one else, regardless of the market and logic, is able to convince them otherwise. This may have worked in the past, but if this keeps up...
Rating: 12 Votes
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67 months ago
It's crazy that people are still experiencing issues with OS X Lion considering it has been out for nearly a year.
Rating: 10 Votes
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67 months ago

I hope this update fixes the Bug where some people post that they hope this update fixes a Bug without saying what the Bug is ;)


I do believe it is a form of "ant".

But seriously, I agree that it's ridiculous the amount of problems Lion still has. Fortunately, Mountain Lion fixes quite a few (performance-related, at least). Unfortunately, that isn't free.
Rating: 10 Votes
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67 months ago

You mean Mountain Lion is what Snow Leopard was to Leopard. An actual finished OS not a botched half assed release to get people to double dip?


I was thinking in this direction as well - Leopard was cool to me as it was the OS on my first ever Mac - but then I got Snow Leopard and I really got happy!
There are lots of things that personally work for me in Lion, but it lacks the finish that SL gave Leopard
Rating: 8 Votes
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67 months ago

You mean Mountain Lion is what Snow Leopard was to Leopard. An actual finished OS not a botched half assed release to get people to double dip?


In a way, but Leopard was pretty well baked by the time Snow Leopard came around. Lion is still not as stable as it should be.
Rating: 7 Votes
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67 months ago
My God, please just make things more stable. I know my MBP is ancient for peeps around here (late 2006 2,16GHz C2d), but when I bought this machine from Apple in March 2007 & switched from Windows, I thought I was in heaven . Until Lion, I had no idea that system freezes, kernel panics, random black screens, etc. existed in the Mac world. And since my machine is so old (& has the ATI X1600 GPU), I can't wait on ML to "fix" the issues in Lion since it won't be supported. Please Apple...just fix Lion for users like me.
Rating: 7 Votes
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67 months ago
GPU drivers seem to have been updated as animations seem a little smoother now. Its speedy too and *gasp* Opt+Shift+Brightness/Volume is back!!! :eek:

It breaks iStat Pro though.
Rating: 6 Votes
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67 months ago
On shutdown/reset, OS X now remember the option about re-opening Apps/windows. :)
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67 months ago

So far it looks like the opposite - ML has relatively few "shiny new features", most of the emphasis has been on polishing the stuff that went into 10.7. As much as apple tries to avoid the comparison, it's a lot like 10.5 and 10.6 - this is really just Snow Lion.


Except you can't polish a turd :p

Honestly, in all my years using OS X and developing, Lion and Mountain Lion are the biggest disappointments to power users and professionals. I don't care that Apple is implementing iOS/consumer features into their desktop systems, but does it need to be done at the price of improved OpenGL support, a better file system over HFS+, R.I. or "Retina" resolution, USB 3.0 implementation, a dedicated desktop display line instead of one stripped down 27" iMac LED LCD panel (gone are the days of three displays with a top notch 30" model), better legacy support, or even Blu-Ray support? (I've had a Blu-Ray burner in my Mac Pro's for a while now, mostly for data backup/redundancy and HD film creation, thankfully you can now watch Blu-Ray's in OS X with "Mac Blu-ray Player (http://www.macblurayplayer.com/)" - highly recommend, have it on my current gen Mini w/ an external LG BD as my media center)

I get that the money is in the consumer market, but at what cost to those who use OS X for their profession? Why can't Apple focus on consumer and professional elements to OS X? I can't imagine that engineers are overwhelmed with "Game Center" and "AirPlay" that focus on actual IMPROVEMENTS is impeded or even neglected.
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67 months ago

What amazes me are all the tosser engineers at Apple who won't acknowledge issues that us developers have posted since Lion's first DP. "Mission Control" has the most filed bugs under UI, followed by lagging [full] multiple display and OpenGL support. A friend of mine worked in ProApps on the new FCPX as a design consultant, they experienced extreme frustration as their input as film editors/professionals went seemingly unheard and the end result was far from what the design team(s) suggested.

It seems Apple has their way and no one else, regardless of the market and logic, is able to convince them otherwise. This may have worked in the past, but if this keeps up...



I'm still running OS X 10.6.8 only because of Expose as it was done right the first time. I've tried Lion and Mountain Lion and both fail miserably due to the fact that multiple windows within a single application show up grouped and Apple has YET to provide users the option in System Preferences to 'ungroup' them. The problems with Mission Control are as follows;

Forced Grouping of Window Applications:
- Needlessly grouped. If many windows are stacked, it is difficult to multitask or find a specific document.

- Fanning out the grouped windows only works with a trackpad and only reveals a few extra pixels of the windows behind the top-most window.

- Specifically showing only single application windows requires an extra click but does not make dragging and dropping objects from other documents or applications possible.

The Dashboard and Spaces Thumbnails:
- No reason to show any thumbnails if only one desktop is present and dashboard is not used as it takes up space.

- Needs an option to disable extra desktops as many people dont use ‘spaces’

The Grey Border:
- No reason to squeeze the desktop background into a smaller image while adding a grey tiled pattern. This constrains all thumbnails of open windows into a smaller area thereby making the thumbnails smaller.

- The grey border is redundant and only adds more need for processing power to animate the entire process of Mission Control activation. Wallpaper should be fullscreen, just as it was in Snow Leopard’s Expose with a vignette.

Click on the image to see which area I'm pointing out;

(http://ungraphic.com/stuff/mission_control_failure.jpg)
Rating: 4 Votes
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