While Apple has been hard at work at on the next generation of operating systems (OS X Yosemite and iOS 8), a few of the OS Crew have been working to squish bugs in the current shipping operating systems.
OS X Mavericks was a leap forward in many areas, but with those improvements often come bugs. As a software developer, a truism is that while debugging is the process of removing bugs from software, programming is the art of putting them in.
A couple lingering and annoying issues for Mac Book Air owners were that alert sounds would stop working a few days after a reboot (no more Mail whoosh for example), finding a WiFi signal when waking up was incredibly slow (often requiring one to turn off WiFi and turn it back on to find the correct hotspot), and waking from sleep was problematic from time to time.
However with Apple’s recent MacBook Air SMC & EFI Firmware updates the alert sound issues are gone — or I should say alert sounds now work as expected. And with yesterday’s Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 update finding a WiFi connection and waking from sleep are problems of the past.
My hope is that Apple will take all these fixes and make sure that OS X Yosemite incorporates them. It seems when something is fixed in one version of the OS, it breaks when the next version is available. It’s like going two steps forward and one and a half back at times. That said, thanks to Apple for spending time and energy squishing annoying bugs so our problem-solving days have a few less problems to worry about.
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