Mac OS X Lion v10.7.2 Updates, PLus Java Updates For OS X 10.6 and 10.5 Released

20285 Apple has released the OS X Lion v10.7.2 Update, including general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, Apple's new set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your supported devices. The Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Lion. Apple also released Java updates for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Apple recommends that before updating your system you should do a global backup of your files using Time Machine. Other backup utilities such as Carbon Copy Cloner (my personal fave, Ed.) can also be used.

iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:

• 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.

After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel. Simply enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one, and then follow the on-screen instructions. To learn more about iCloud visit:
http://www.apple.com/icloud.

Updating your system

Apple recommends backing up your system before installation; you can use Time Machine or a third-party backup utility like Carbon Copy Cloner.

Choose Software Update from the Apple () menu to check for the latest Apple software via the Internet, including this update.

Other software updates available for your computer may appear, which Apple says you should install. Note that an update's size may vary from computer-to-computer when installed using Software Update. Also, some updates must be installed prior to others, so Apple recommends running Software Update until Software Updates states "Your software is up to date".

You can also manually download the update installer. This is a useful option when you need to update multiple computers but only want to download the update once. These versions of the standalone installers are available from Apple Support Downloads:
http://support.apple.com/downloads/

Letting Software Update handle installing the update is quick and easy, but doing some system maintenance and running a standalone update installer the best policy for avoiding problems with system updates, and is yopur editor's preferred option, ideally using the Combo installer version even if I'm only going up one fractional version increment. For good measure, I also try to squeeze in running a slate of system maintenance routines before installing the update.

Software Update method

Choose Software Update from the Apple menu to automatically check for the latest Apple software using the Internet, including this update. If your computer is not up-to-date, other software updates available for your computer may appear which you should install. Note that an update's size may vary from computer to computer when installed using Software Update. Also, some updates must be installed prior to others, so you should run Software Update more than once to make sure you have all available updates.

The standalone update installer option is especially useful when you need to update multiple computers but only want to download the update once, and I also find it convenient to keep a current update installer on hand in case one needs to do a complete system reinstall.

The freestanding OS X Lion Update 10.7.2 Client Combo updater is an 818.59 MB download here:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1459

New in OS X Lion v10.7.2:

The OS X Lion v10.7.2 Update includes Safari 5.1.1 as well as fixes that:
• 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 causes Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
• Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
• Address an issue that causes a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
• Enable booting in to Lion Recovery from a locally attached Time Machine backup drive.
• Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
• Improve Active Directory integration.
• 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.

Safari 5.1.1 contains various fixes and improvements to performance, stability, usability, compatibility, accessibility and security, including fixes that:
• Improve JavaScript performance up to 13% over Safari 5.1*
Address issues that could cause hangs and excessive memory usage
Improve stability when using Find, dragging tabs, and managing extensions
Improve stability for netflix.com and other websites that use the Silverlight plug-in
• Add a Show Downloads item to the View menu
• Improve the consistency of the pinch to zoom gesture
• Address issues in full screen that affected search suggestions, URL updating, window sizing, and the title bar
• Address an issue that could prevent East Asian character input into webpages with Flash content
• Address an issue that could cause Safari to open links in windows instead of tabs
• Improve PDF handling
• Address an issue that could affect cookie and data deletion
• Address an issue that could cause History items to appear incorrectly
• Correct the text in application download alerts
• Improve compatibility with webpages with Flash video embedded from vimeo.com and other websites
• Improve printing from Safari
• Address an issue that could prevent the Google Safe Browsing Service from updating

For detailed information about Safari 5.1.1, visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4922.

For information about the security content of this update, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1459

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29.

Quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4884 for more details about this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.

File Size: 75.45 MB

System Requirements
• Mac OS X 10.6.4

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1360

Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 10

Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 10 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating J2SE 5.0 to 1.5.0_30, and updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_26 for 64-bit capable Intel-based Macs.

J2SE 1.4.2 is no longer being updated to fix bugs or security issues and remains disabled by default in this update.

Quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4592 for more details about this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.

File Size:
• 120.33 MB

System Requirements
• Mac OS X 10.5.8

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1359



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