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Apple issues Yosemite patch for Wi-Fi bug

Apple has issued the first patch for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, fixing, among other things, a pervasive and frustrating bug that affected Wi-Fi connectivity for some Mac users.

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Apple has issued the first patch for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, fixing, among other things, a pervasive and frustrating bug that affected Wi-Fi connectivity for some Mac users.

The bug caused Wi-Fi connectivity to drop intermittently on certain configurations of Macs and routers. Over the course of the month since Yosemite was released, the bug has generated a 1,000-plus reply thread on the Apple support forum.

Mac users that have experienced Wi-Fi performance issues running Yosemite should expect to see an improvement with this update. I've tested it on a system that was affected by the Wi-Fi bug and the problem now appears to be fixed.

According to Apple, the 10.10.1 patch not only addresses the Wi-Fi bug, but a raft of other issues too:

  • Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent Mail from sending messages through certain email service providers
  • Addresses an issue that prevents connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac
  • Resolves an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Notification Center settings to not be retained after a restart
  • Addresses an issue that might prevent the Mac App Store from displaying certain updates
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent some Mac mini computers from waking from sleep
  • Resolves an issue that might prevent Time Machine from displaying older backups
  • Addresses an issue that might prevent entering text in Japanese

There are also enterprise-related improvements:

  • Allows you to append search domains for partially qualified domain names when performing DNS lookups
  • Addresses an issue where the Mac App Store might offer an update to Apple Remote Desktop when the latest version is already installed

The update is available for Macs running OS X Yosemite through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. More information on this update can be found here.