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Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion Update adds iCloud Support and Safari 5.1.1; Lion Recovery Update 1.0

As anticipated, Apple has just released the Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 update which brings full iCloud support to Lion. iCloud is set to replace some of the functionality of MobileMe and add additional features.

Apple’s description of the update is available as support document HT4767 and is as follows:

The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices. 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.

Getting started with iCloud is easy. 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.

Apple has included a new Safari 5.1.1 update in this Lion 10.7.2 update as well. Full details are available in support document HT4922. Apple states:

The 10.7.2 update also 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 causes 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.

The update weighs in at 435.5 MB on my system through Software Update. It is also available for download from Apple’s site although the link is not yet live.

Along with the Lion 10.7.2 update comes Lion Recovery Update 1.0. Apple lists support document HT4986 as providing the details of the update but as of this writing the document is not yet live. In Software Update, Apple states that:

The Lion Recovery Update includes improvements to Lion Recovery and addresses an issue with Find My Mac when using a firmware password.

Through Software Update on my system, this update weighs in at a similar 452.5 MB.

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