Apple Releases OS X 10.8.3-iTunes Gift Cards Through Your Camera

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Apple updated OS X to version 10.8.3 on Thursday. The update includes a variety of bug fixes, support for Windows 8 and Boot Camp, and the ability to redeem iTunes cards on the Mac App Store on your Mac using its built-in camera.

As noted in the comments, users could previously redeem iTunes Gift Cards through iTunes starting with iTunes 11. The ability to do so through the MAS is new.

Mountain Lion

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Apple's patch notes in full:

  • The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac's built-in camera
  • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
  • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3 TB hard drive
  • A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly
  • A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins
  • A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs
  • A fix for an issue in Contacts that may cause cards to print out of order
  • A fix for an issue that may cause the desktop picture to change after logging out or restarting
  • A fix for an issue in Messages that may cause messages to appear out of order after waking from sleep
  • A fix for an issue that may cause the screen to display incorrectly after waking from sleep
  • Improves compatibility with IMAP servers in the Notes app
  • Allows the Slideshow screen saver to display photos located in a subfolder
  • A fix for an issue in Contacts that may cause addresses to print in the wrong location
  • Reliability improvements when using a Microsoft Exchange account in Mail
  • Xsan reliability improvements
  • A fix for an issue that could cause Active Directory accounts to be locked out after accessing the Security
  • & Privacy pane in System Preferences
  • A fix for an issue that could cause link aggregation to not complete after a restart
  • A fix for an issue that could cause delays when logging into an Active Directory account on high latency networks

The update also includes Safari 6.0.3, which we are covering in a separate article.

You can download OS X 10.8.3 through the Mac App Store.

Comments

ctopher

I wonder if
“A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly”

fixes the file: /// issue you covered in:

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/crash-almost-any-os-x-app-by-typing-these-specific-characters

Bsailer

The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards via camera has been there since iTunes 11 came out. It’s not a new feature.

Bryan Chaffin

Thanks for the note, Bsailer. A KnowledgeBase article on redeeming iTunes Gift Cards through your Mac’s camera lists OS X 10.8.3 as as a minimum requirement. That’s in addition to the patch notes for this specific update listing it as a new feature. I couldn’t find a mention of this feature with the release of iTunes 11, either.

Bsailer

It may list it on the current page, but it can out last November. http://m.tuaw.com/2012/11/29/redeem-itunes-gift-cards-with-itunes-11-and-your-macs-camera/

Bsailer

It may list it on the current page, but the feature came out last November. http://m.tuaw.com/2012/11/29/redeem-itunes-gift-cards-with-itunes-11-and-your-macs-camera/

Bryan Chaffin

Turns out we were having two different conversations. The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards through your camera is new to the Mac App Store, Bsailer. I updated the text to make that distinction clear, and appreciate the notes.

Bsailer

Got it. I never noticed as when you read a card into iTunes, the credit shows up on the App Store app also.

Bryan Chaffin

Yeah. The only really new here is the ability to activate it through the MAS. I appreciate your help in clarifying this. The timing with the Samsung event kept me from giving it the attention it needed and I would have let it go had someone not called me on it.

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