This Major Apple Release Went Largely Unnoticed

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Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) mobile operating system wasn’t the only software update released by the company this past week, though it made the most noise. Wednesday also saw the public release of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2, a major update for Apple’s computer line, with new features such as Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) integration, iMessages compatibility, several new languages in the Dictation feature, and Power Nap support for older MacBook Airs.

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Once a user signs into Facebook, options to share links and photos on the social network will appear seamlessly with the new operating system. In addition, contact information and profile pictures of a user’s Facebook friends will appear in Contacts, while notifications from the site will appear in the Notification Center. The Game Center now allows users to share scores through Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages, there are Facebook Like buttons for games, and Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations.

Fur Chinese users, Sina Weibo (NASDAQ:SINA) profile photos can now be added to contacts.

iMessages sent to a synced phone number will appear in Messages on the Mac, and tickets and passes can be added through the computer to an iPhone or iPad’s Passbook app. Dictation now supports Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian, English, Canadian French, and Italian, while the Dictionary app now includes French.

OS X 10.8.2 also includes general operating system fixes such as an option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As, opening unsent drafts automatically while launching Mail, shortening of URLs when sending tweets from the Notification Center, and an option to have Safari launch with previously open web pages.

The software is available as a free update for Mountain Lion owners through the Mac App Store.

Shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) finished the week Friday at $700.09.

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