OS X 10.8.5 Supplemental Update Being Prepared to Address FaceTime Camera and Other Issues

mountain_lion_iconApple is preparing a supplemental update for OS X 10.8.5 to address several issues with FaceTime HD cameras on the company's latest MacBook Air models, external drive handling, HDMI audio, and USB Bluetooth adapters, reports 9to5Mac. The update, which arrives as Build 12F42, has been seeded to Apple employees and should be making its way to a public release in the near future.

The OS X v10.8.5 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5. This update:

- Resolves an issue that may prevent certain applications from using the FaceTime HD camera on mid-2013 MacBook Air systems
- Fixes an issue that may cause external drives to be ejected after the computer goes to sleep
- Addresses an issue that may prevent HDMI audio from working after waking from sleep
- Fixes an issue that may prevent certain USB Bluetooth adapters from working

The FaceTime camera issue in particular has been the subject of a number of complaints, with Skype issuing a notice acknowledging the issue.

The 10.8.5 update updated a CoreMediaIO plugin that accesses the MBA camera, but didn't bundle the 32-bits version of it.

Other (older and newer) versions of the OS do include a universal version (32 and 64 bits), but not 10.8.5.

This means 32-bits apps such as Skype or iMovie cannot load the plugin, making the built-in facetime camera invisible to these them.

Skype noted in its post two weeks ago that it would be in touch with Apple about addressing the issue.

Top Rated Comments

JPSaltzman Avatar
116 months ago
Say "No" to Supplemental Updates

Ever since Apple goofed with the first release of 10.6.8, they came out with a 10.6.8 Supplement Update AND a 10.6.8 update that included the supplemental update for those who had not yet upgraded to 10.6.8.

Talk about confusion for IT managers all around!

Ever since, rather than add another .x to a software release, Apple has continued this Supplemental Update trend.

And here we go again. 10.8.5 Supplemental Update, not to be confused with the original 10.8.5 release, and certainly not to be confused with the 10.8.5 update to be released with the supplemental update included.....

Apple needs to stop this nonsense. Just call it 10.8.6 and be done with it.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scophi Avatar
116 months ago
Not a big deal, but...

Why would this not be named 10.8.6? It seems as substantial as other 10.8.x updates.

Just curious.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ItWasNotMe Avatar
116 months ago
what's up with the cat wearing eyeliner?

Someone installed 10.8.5 on it and all it does now is sleep
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
netnothing Avatar
116 months ago
Hope it fixes the issue of drives ignoring Energy Saver settings and and going to sleep with Display Sleep.

-Kevin
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dundonik Avatar
116 months ago
I'm glad they're addressing the hdmi issue when waking from sleep, having to turn my mac mini off every time im done using it is quite annoying
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Retrofire Avatar
116 months ago
10.4 has been a disaster update for my late 2012 iMac.
Yeah, Tiger on a 2012 Mac is really a disaster. ;-)
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

airpods pro black background

AirPods Pro 2: Five New Features and Improvements to Expect

Sunday August 14, 2022 3:28 pm PDT by
Apple's second-generation AirPods Pro are finally nearing launch, with a release expected later this year. If you are considering upgrading to the new AirPods Pro once they are released, keep reading for a list of five new features to expect. In addition to all-new features, the second-generation AirPods Pro will likely adopt some features added to the standard AirPods last year. H2 Chip ...
10th Generation iPad Render

10th-Generation iPad With Major Design Changes Reportedly in Production Ahead of September Launch

Monday August 15, 2022 8:02 pm PDT by
Apple's rumored 10th-generation iPad is currently in production and will feature "major" design changes, according to a report from Taiwanese website DigiTimes. A mockup of the potential 10th-generation iPad design by Renders By Shailesh The report did not provide any specific details about the 10th-generation iPad's new design, but rumors suggest the device will feature a larger 10.5-inch...
ios 16 lock screen feature2

Apple Seeds Sixth Betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Monday August 15, 2022 10:04 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the sixth betas of upcoming iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the updates coming a week after Apple released the fifth developer betas. Registered developers can download the iOS and iPadOS 16 profiles from the Apple Developer Center, and once installed, the betas will be available over the air. iOS 16 introduces a revamped Lock...
iPhone 14 Dummies 1 Feature

Everything Rumored for Apple's September Event: iPhone 14, Apple Watch Pro and More

Friday August 12, 2022 2:34 pm PDT by
There's just about a month to go until Apple holds its annual September event focusing on new iPhone and Apple Watch models. We thought we'd take a quick look at everything that's rumored for Apple's September event to give MacRumors readers a rundown on what to expect when the first fall event rolls around. iPhone 14 The iPhone 14 can probably be described more as an "iPhone 13S" because...
apple watch se

Apple Watch SE vs. Apple Watch Series 8: New Features to Expect If You've Waited to Upgrade

Monday August 15, 2022 2:44 am PDT by
The Apple Watch SE was announced in September 2020 and has been a popular Apple Watch model for customers looking for their first smartwatch or an affordable Apple Watch. Apple Watch SE customers may be wondering, however, what's in store for them with the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8 and what new features they can expect. Continue reading to find out. Apple Watch SE vs. Apple Watch Series ...
Apple Watch Series 3 v 8 1

Apple Watch Series 3 vs. Apple Watch Series 8: 20 Major New Features and Changes for Customers Upgrading

Tuesday August 16, 2022 6:52 am PDT by
It's crazy to think about, but next month will mark five years since Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 3. Despite being a severely antiquated smartwatch, the Series 3 has remained at the bottom of Apple's lineup for $199. Suppose you're still holding on to your Apple Watch Series 3. In that case, this article will list all the major new features and changes you'll get if you decide to...
iPhone 14 Pro Lineup Feature Purple

Apple Planning to Hold iPhone 14 Event on September 7

Wednesday August 17, 2022 9:51 am PDT by
Apple is aiming to hold its first fall event on Wednesday, September 7, reports Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The event will focus on the iPhone 14 models and the Apple Watch Series 8. The standard iPhone 14 models are expected to get few changes, but the iPhone 14 Pro models will include updated camera technology, the removal of the notch in favor of a pill-shaped and hole-punch cutout, an A16...