updated 07:30 pm EST, Wed November 28, 2007
Leopard issues loom
A month has passed since Apple introduced Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and the upgrade still has several problems to address despite an early patch that fixed numerous others. Time Machine and AirPort Extreme connectivity issues remain unsolved, even as Time Machine and Aperture data corruption plague Leopard users alongside windows that seem to vanish when using the new 'Spaces' feature. Failed installation attempts resulting from partitioning issues also still stand, as well as the potential for forced reinstalls after attempting to use Migration Assistant to recover data from a cloned disk backup using a utility called 'SuperDuper.'
What's more, third-party applications from Adobe as well as smaller companies continue to hinder Leopard usage, according to reports. Adobe Photoshop users are still experiencing cursor and toolbar text-entry issues even after the company released a set of Leopard-specific patches, although another update is said to be on the horizon.
Users that have upgraded to Tiger 10.4.10 are seeing a wireless networking issue that still remain through to Leopard 10.5.1, where local wireless base stations drop from view after shutting off Airport and turning it on again. While updating the OS has solved the problem for some, others see no difference. Possibly related, a couple of forum users discuss an issue where Airport randomly disconnects and reconnects when power is pulled from the MacBook, requiring an inconvenient band-aid fix.
iCal's .Mac synchronization feature is causing some other users strife ( 1|2|3 ), with failures being reported through somewhat cryptic error messages, or in some cases the calendars plainly do not sync, despite the lack of an error pointing this out. Several users have found a solution through a process suggested by one forum-goer, but others continue to be plagued by the issue. Some feel that Apple is turning a blind eye to the problem, and demand a fix.
A PC Magazine editor claims that while Tiger "never" crashed on his MacBook Pro, Leopard has already forced a reboot six times. "The OS just grays out my desktop and pops up a dialog box telling me I've got to reboot." He also echoes network related complaints, saying that the ability to connect to Windows shares is severely hampered. "the Web abounds in complaints—plaintive cries as to why Leopard seems to ignore Windows shares, and semi-effectual fixes. Or it sees Windows shares for a little while and then in a fit of pique decides to drop them again. It's like the French waiter of networking. "