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Initial Mac OS X 10.6.1 details exposed [u]

updated 09:25 am EDT, Fri September 4, 2009

First Snow Leopard update makes minor fixes

The unfinished Mac OS X 10.6.1 update -- now in distribution to a small number of developers -- so far only makes a minor number of fixes, accounts say. These include improvements to compatibility, stability and security, such as better support for Sierra Wireless 3G modems, and the proper display of printer compatibility drivers in the Add Printer dialog. A more critical fix prevents freezing in Motion 4.

Some other errors addressed include unexpected stops in DVD playback, problems with removing Dock items, and two different issues in Mail. The first can cause automatic account setup to fail, while the second results in Command-Option-T bringing up the Special Characters menu, instead of moving a message.

The v10.6.1 update is not expected to reach the broader developer community until at least next week, and it may be weeks after that before it is distributed to the public. More changes will likely be added over time.

Update: Modifications not highlighted by Apple have been uncovered by separate sources. The patch should for instance allow people to delete manually-coded DNS entires in DHCP configurations, using Network Diagnostics controls. Some other Mail adjustments tackle two SMTP problems, involving blank server responses and upgrades for e-mail accounts that require authentication.

Bluetooth printers can now connect to Macs properly on startup, and drivers for both Bonjour and USB printers are being made available through Software Update. Miscellaneous tweaks affect graphics drivers, WAN cards and the DVD software. The preinstalled Flash plug-in has been upgraded, critically, to v10.0.32.18, instead of a vulnerable earlier version.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    time machine file flexibility...

    ...would seem a lagging & critical flaw - backup files are impossible to move & difficult to even access after a major hardware repair - requiring users to use terminal to even resume backups on a drive after a motherboard change undermines the few benefits of this seemingly very vulnerable & flawed software - Apple hasn't even come close to finishing 10.5 in my opinion...

  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New Quicktime is a Disaster

    Nice for quick postings, but:

    1) all editing bells and whistles are gone.

    2) nice usable sliding bar is gone.

    It is taking the same path of iMovie which changed from a perfect editing tool to a thing that is unusable. Must be wanting us fanboys to buy their upscale software for such things. It was so easy before.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: New Quicktime

    FYI, you can install QT 7 onto Snow Leopard. It's supposedly on the disk.

    Also, maybe that tech writer a couple of weeks ago was correct. Apple was trying to go after Windows Movie Maker with Quicktime. They used to have killer video tools. Now they have tools that are more what you'd expect MS to come up with.

  1. ButisitArt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fix ... Please!

    We now have 10.6 & no fix for the IMAP server process issue. For every eMail account creates 4 process on the IMAP server that will not die until you quit In a single user situation, this means nothing. But if you are in a multiple user office who are also running a PHP based blog this is a huge issue. With multiple mail clients open & checking mail, the number of live IMAP processes on the server cause PHP to stop working, as well as any other server processes. And if your blog or PHP website is your main web presence ... this is a big issue.

    There has been an ongoing topic on the Apple discussion board "Mail is killing the processes on my server with IMAP."� I've been writing about this on my blog too in a few posts. I would have also thought that some of the Mac news sites would have picked up on this story and reported on it. But nope. That hasn't happened either.

    Please ... Apple ... fix this problem.

  1. drbenru

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I too fail to see the point of Quicktime X, at least Quicktime 7 is included with all pro features enabled. Unfortunately it sometimes fails to show as an option in the open with contextual menu. FYI Quicktime Player app gets installed in the Utilities Folder.

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