Mac OS X 10.7.2 Finally Here!

The long awaited update for the Mac OS X Lion operating system has been released by Apple.  Thanks to a bevy of issues in the preceding releases of the Mac OS 10.7 series, many users have been counting the days until Apple released the latest update to resolve those issues.

The 10.7.2 update includes the following new items in it:

  • iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading list and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
  • Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
  • Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.
  • Safari 5.1.1 update

With iCloud now included in the operating system, Apple and Steve Jobs dream of real integration between all of a users devices is finally a reality.  This update also updates Safari, fixing a slew of bugs in it as well.  Other included fixes / new items include:

  • Allow reordering of desktop spaces and full screen apps in Mission Control.
  • Enable dragging files between desktop spaces and full screen apps.
  • Address an issue that may cause the menu bar to not appear in full screen apps.
  • Improve the compatibility of Google contact syncing in Address Book.
  • Address an issue that may cause Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
  • Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
  • Address an issue that may cause a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
  • Enable booting into Lion Recovery from a locally connected Time Machine backup drive.
  • Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
  • Improve Active Directory and LDAP integration.
  • Resolve an issue with Mail in which you may be unable to send through your MobileMe Mail account.
  • Resolve an issue with Mail when searching.
  • Address an issue that could cause iChat to prompt you for an account password which has already been saved.
  • This update also includes RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
  • Disk Image (.dmg) and installer packages (.pkg) files are no longer included in “safe” file types.

It still remains to see whether all of the issues that cropped up in 10.7 and 10.7.1 have been totally resolved, however, this update seems to be a pretty good start.  Obviously, the next item users are now looking for is Siri on all of their machines instead of just on the iPhone 4S, however, it is not known whether this will happen or not although external forces are porting the application to other devices.

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A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.