updated 01:20 pm EDT, Mon March 23, 2009
Mac OS X 10.5.7 speech
The next update to Mac OS X, v10.5.7, should bring with it updated speech support, developer sources say. The newly-seeded 9J34 build of the OS is said to contain enhancements to Leopard's speech dictionary, though specific details have not been disclosed. The changes may reflect an increased emphasis on synthesis, as evidenced by recent changes to iTunes needed to support the third-generation iPod shuffle.
The 9J34 release is additionally said to fix eight significant bugs, relating to issues such as color corruption, sleep problems, and difficulty syncing Mail signatures. Some 22 components of the software are said to require further testing, which may balloon the size of the update past its current 440MB. Apple is also said to be preparing a comprehensive version of the patch applicable to all owners of Leopard, measuring 730MB.