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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.8 [u]

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Fri September 29, 2006

Mac OS X 10.4.8 released

Apple today released Mac OS X 10.4.8, an update to its Tiger operating system that brings many bug fixes as well as several security fixes, which are also available for Mac OS X 10.3 (Client, Server). Mac OS X 10.4.8, available for both PowerPC (Client/Server) as well as Intel-based Macs (Client/Server), improves support for printing, Finder, applications, networking as well as modem connectivity, third-party software, and other miscellaneous items including Rosetta and system security. Mac OS X Server 10.4.8 for PowerPC systems addresses Apple File Service, NetBoot/Netinstall, NFS, Password Server, networking, Windows File Service, and miscellaneous items. Mac OS X Server 10.4.8 Universal improves AFP Server, Filesystem NetBoot/Netinstall, networking, NFS, QuickTime Streaming Server, and Xsan support.

In addition to the fixes below, the PowerPC-based Mac OS X 10.4.8 update brings fixes for connecting to wireless networks using the EAP-FAST protocol; Apple USB modem reliability; using OpenType fonts in Microsoft Word; compatibility with third-party USB hubs; scanner performance; RAW camera support; printing documents with Asian language names; performance of the Translation widget; and broadband network performance.


  • Adds support for CDSASSL (Common Data Security Architecture Secure Sockets Layer) printer connections.
  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.4.7 in which some documents containing some Chinese or Korean language characters might not print as expected.

Finder and Apple applications

  • Resolves an issue in which a Finder alert message with the buttons "Initialize", "Ignore", and "Eject" might not appear after connecting a partitioned FireWire hard drive.
  • Addresses a potential issue in which Preview may unexpectedly quit.
  • Improves reliability of iTunes syncing with certain iPod models.

Networking and modem

  • Resolves performance issues that could occur when connecting to a Comcast network.
  • Improves security by adding support for EAP-FAST for AirPort wireless authentication.
  • Improves Express Card behavior for portable Intel-based Macs.
  • Improves reliability for connections made in Ireland with an external Apple USB Modem.
  • Improves connection reliability for external Apple USB Modems when resuming an Internet connection after answering an incoming call.
  • A computer restart is no longer needed to restart nfsd.
  • Improves Apple File Sharing client performance by changing the default AFP WAN quantum size.. More...
  • Windows File Sharing now generates only one process, avoiding an issue that could cause a Mac OS X computer to become unresponsive if it won a master browser election.
  • Improves reliability when faxing in France or Belgium via an external Apple USB Modem.


  • Resolves an issue for Microsoft Word in which Word might stop responding when saving a file that uses certain OpenType fonts.
  • Adds RAW image decoding support for these cameras: Sony DSLR-A100, Nikon D2Xs, Fuji FinePix S2 Pro, Fuji FinePix S3 Pro (+Highlights) and Konica Minolta 7.
  • Resolves an issue in which thumbnails may appear blank when importing RAW images from a Canon 30D camera.
  • Resolves an issue for Microsoft PowerPoint in which the display resolution might not change as expected after switching from a PowerPoint presentation to a different application via Command-Tab.
  • Improves compatibility for Canon EOS Utility software after connecting a Canon EOS Kiss Digital camera to a PowerPC-based Mac.
  • Improves compatibility for the TV Tracker 2 Dashboard widget.


  • Includes recent Apple security updates.
  • Improves the accuracy of Rosetta numerics and addresses Altivec translation issues on Intel-based Macs.
  • ColorSync matching no longer fails when using a V4 ICC profile in an application opened with Rosetta on an Intel-based Mac.
  • Addresses an issue in which some USB devices connected to a PCI card may not be recognized after starting up or waking the computer.
  • Resolves an issue in which external USB-based video cameras may not be available after quitting the application that is using it.
  • Reduces time needed to transfer data from a USB-based image scanner.
  • Improves responsiveness of the Translation Dashboard widget.
  • Addresses an issue in which text typed with the Hangul input method may not be visible while the Caps Lock key is active, on PowerPC-based Macs.
  • Adds support on Intel-based Macs for multiple cores to LAPACK and BLAS routines in the Accelerate framework; the maximum number of threads used by Accelerate BLAS routines is now limited by the environment variable VECLIB_MAXIMUM_THREADS; addresses an issue with some complex BLAS routines in the Accelerate framework that were encountering an illegal instruction.

by MacNN Staff




  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969



    is it snappy??


  1. troymurray

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just missed it

    That's crazy, I just finished updating my iApps to the latest release and it didn't have the 10.4.8 release as an option. I guess I'll have to check again.

  1. howdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969


    please be snappy!

    Boy, I hope that it makes my MBP snappier with Rosetta apps! With a few open, the machine slows to a crawl at times...

  1. scottnichol

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ok, so now...

    ok so NOW can we release Aperture 1.5?!? or is there something else that needs to be update before we can get it?!?

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: ok, so now

    According to the update for Aperture should be out next week for download.

  1. noyb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mail stopped working

    my perfectly fine mail app is unable to send email after the update. workaound please... anybody???

  1. jasonsRX7

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The Aperture update is in Software Update now

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Multithreaded OpenGL?

    Has that been rolled in? My Macbook would appreciate it...

  1. smitch

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mail OK here

    No problems with mail and I run a mail server too.

  1. AllanCook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Weird Color

    and no Java animation. There seem to be a few little glitches with this update. A raging conversation is under way on the Apple OS X site. I would expect an updated update in a couple of days. Didn't this just happen with iTunes?

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