updated 11:10 am EDT, Wed August 1, 2007
Apple testing OS X 10.4.11
Apple has begun testing a future release of Mac OS X Tiger after issuing several fixes to repair bugs introduced in previous system updates. The forthcoming update -- Mac OS X 10.4.11 -- repairs bugs in numerous parts of the operating system and, as yet, introduces no new known issues. Yesterday the Cupertino-based company released an AirPort Extreme update for all Intel-based Macs, fixing a bug that caused many MacBook Pro users to crash when using their wireless networking, and issued a different patch in early July to stifle a strange popping sound experienced by some Intel-based Mac owners who updated to Mac OS X 10.4.10. A minor security update for both Tiger and Panther was also issued, resolving potential flaws in the 10.4.10 release.
The 10.4.11 update, reportedly in relatively wide testing, makes changes to a number of key Mac OS X components, including the AirPort subsystem, Bluetooth interfacing tools, CoreGraphics, the USB input/output family, Safari, the WebKit HTML rendering engine (used by Safari, Mail.app and others) and the AFP filesystem. The Dock, FireWire audio drivers, and various networking services are also revised in this update.
With regard to specific fixes and enhancements, the update resolves issues with enabling/disabling Bluetooth, a problem with CoreAudio when used in conjunction with Safari, an issue with decoding iTunes Plus files and problems related to daylight saving time and New Zealand time zones. Problems with Cisco VPNs, UDP packets transmitted over the network, and HFS accessing non-existent blocks have also been fixed. Finally, enhancements have been made to interaction with Directory Services, searching of Zip disks and the text service manager.