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
94 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
94 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
94 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
94 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
94 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
94 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)

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