Its no secret that Apple is going to release a new OS X update soon, we just don’t know exactly when it intends to do that. For over a couple of months now the OS X 10.8.5 update has been in beta phase, meaning that it was only rolled out to registered developers. As of now, Apple has seeded seven betas of the upcoming update, the latest coming out on July 31st. Rumor has it that the company has started shipping a pre-release build to select partners, which might mean that the public release of OS X 10.8.5 will take place today.

The folks at AppleInsider claim to have heard from “people familiar with the software” that the pre-release version carries build number “12F35.” It is said that this update is recommended for all Mountain Lion users. Since its only an incremental update, there aren’t any new features in OS X 10.8.5. However, it is said to fix an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages, improve AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi, improve Xsan reliability and resolve an issue that might prevent a screensaver from starting automatically. The pre-release build is apparently 286MB in size, partners are reportedly supplied the build hours before Apple is to release the update for the public. If this is indeed the case, Apple may very well push out OS X 10.8.5 later today. We’ll keep an eye out and will let you know if that happens.

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