Apple just released its latest update to OS X, version 10.8.4. It's a relatively small revision that primarily focuses on minor bug fixes, but there is one promising change for iMessage users. Apple says that it's now fixed an annoying issue that would display your iMessage conversations out of order. After installing the update and checking our messages, we're still seeing some chats that aren't displayed properly, but presumably Apple's resolution will ensure that your future messages won't get thrown out of whack. The update also alleviates many of the pains of searching with Messages, which used to cause system hangups and crazy amounts of processor usage

Aside from iMessage, 10.8.4 addresses quirks with Exchange compatibility in the Calendar app, birthdays appearing incorrectly in certain time zones, and a bug that prevented FaceTime calls to phone numbers outside the US. The update is available for download now in the Mac App Store. We've included the full changelog below.

  • Compatibility improvements when connecting to certain enterprise Wi-Fi networks
  • Microsoft Exchange compatibility improvements in Calendar
  • A fix for an issue that prevented FaceTime calls to non-U.S. phone numbers
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent scheduled sleep after using Boot Camp
  • Improves VoiceOver compatibility with text in PDF documents
  • Includes Safari 6.0.5, which improves stability for some websites with chat features and games
  • A fix for an issue that may cause iMessages to display out of order in Messages
  • Resolves an issue in which Calendars Birthdays may appear incorrectly in certain time zones
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent the desktop background picture from being preserved after restart
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent documents from being saved to a server using SMB
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent certain files from opening after copied to a volume named “Home"
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent changes to files made over NFS from displaying
  • Resolves an issue saving files to an Xsan volume from certain applications
  • Improves Active Directory log-in performance, especially for cached accounts or when using a .local domain
  • Improves OpenDirectory data replication
  • Improves 802.1X compatibility with ActiveDirectory networks
  • Improves compatibility when using mobile accounts