updated 01:00 pm EDT, Wed September 27, 2006
Apple preps OS X 10.4.8
Apple is gearing up to release its eighth maintenance update for Mac OS X Tiger, which will increase performance as well as stability. Mac OS X 10.4.8 is currently free of any known issues, according to a report from AppleInsider, and Apple posted a 30.8MB PowerPC update (build 8L2125) on its developer website alongside a 206MB Intel Mac update (build 8L2125). Apple is also said to have put out a call to developers, requesting that they extensively test scientific applications with the new Rosetta PowerPC emulation environment, which is rumored to feature performance improvements. The update will also include enhancements to AFP, DVD Player, Graphics as well as Graphics applications, iCal, iPhoto, Mail, Microsoft Word along with OpenType fonts, Modem usage, Networking, Printing, Safari, and USB support. Mac OS X 10.4.8 is also likely to provide support for new Core 2 Duo-based Mac laptops due for shipment near the beginning of the holiday shopping season.