updated 11:25 pm EST, Thu December 11, 2008
Mac OS X update soon
Apple is reportedly polishing the last details for its Mac OS X 10.5.6 update, suggesting that a public release may be imminent, according to Apple Insider. Developers were provided with build 9G55 on Wednesday, less than a week after receiving build 9G52. Sources have claimed that the two builds do not include any noticeable differences, which could indicate that the formal release is right around the corner. Other sources reported that Mac OS X 10.5.6 Server now parallels the client software, with both now sharing the same build number.
The upcoming OS X update will likely address problems with MobileMe, Time Machine and Mail, with over 100 improvements overall. MobileMe should offer improved syncing when used on notebooks or high-lag networks. Time Machine reliability should also be improved, with the ability to detect conditions which could corrupt a Time Machine image, along with automatic ejection of an AFP volume before the image can be affected.
The update is also reported to expand support for international character sets, such as Arabic, Chinese, Latin and Hebrew. The exact date that OS X 10.5.6 will go public still remains unknown, although it will include a broad range of maintenance and security enhancements.