Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.3 v1.1 update [U]

Performance and reliability improved

(Updated with additional information from Apple) Just two weeks after Apple updated Mac OS X to v10.6.3, the company has released another minor revision. The company has not provided any specific details regarding changes in the 10.6.3 v1.1 update, although the latest version is approximately 65MB heavier than the previous download.

Mac OS X 10.6.3 v1.1 is now available directly from Apple's support site or via Software Update. [Standard download - 785MB] [Server download - 897MB]

Update: The v1.1 download also includes improvements from the v10.6.2 and 10.6.3 updates. Some systems require the supplemental update, which is listed in Software Update for machines that require the additional download. According to Apple, version 1.1 is for any system that was updated from Mac OS X v10.6 using the Mac OS X Update Combined v10.6.3, build 10D573, but not systems updated from v10.6.1 or 10.6.2.

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  1. facebook_Christopher 04/12, 09:24pm

    Given the recent news about MacBook Pro supplies dwindling and new product codes showing up at retailers, I wonder if this update might not also contain references to these new products? It is too soon for a 10.6.4, yet dot releases are often necessary for new hardware.

  1. joelheflin 04/12, 11:39pm

    I've checked repeatedly via software update and there is no update for my MacBook showing up. I know I can go download it directly but apparently this update isn't for just everyone.

    Anyone else not seeing this update show up?

  1. ButisitArt 04/13, 12:33am

    The download link on the Apple download page just takes you to an error page. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow.

  1. fds 04/13, 04:01am

    "In order to receive all the improvements listed above, some systems require the Mac OS X v10.6.3 Supplemental Update, which is available via Software Update.

    Tip: If you don't see the Mac OS X v10.6.3 Supplemental Update in Software Update, you don't need to install it.

    Note: The Supplemental Update is for any system that was updated from Mac OS X v10.6 using the Mac OS X Update Combined v10.6.3, build 10D573. It is not needed on systems that were updated from Mac OS X v10.6.1 or 10.6.2, and it is not needed on systems that were updated from Mac OS X v10.6 using the Mac OS X Update Combined v10.6.3, v1.1."

  1. thomasoniii 04/13, 11:47am

    I've been around long enough that I remember the nonsense number that Apple did in the days back before Steve returned.

    7.0
    7.0.1
    7 Tuner
    7.1
    7.1.2
    7.1.2P
    7.5
    7.5.1
    7.5.2
    7.5.3
    7.5.3L
    7.5.3r2
    7.5.3r2.1

    And, of course, all of the nonsense with performa systems and specific numbers for that.

    One of the things way back when that was claimed was a return to sanity in version numbers. It'd always be a major/minor/midget version number and always increase and never any subpoints underneath it. And OS 8, 9, and various incarnations of X have followed it pretty faithfully.

    I hope this doesn't bode poorly for the future. If this should be 10.6.4, then it should be labeled as such.

  1. testudo 04/13, 12:59pm

    The root to this whole numbering mess is OS X (as in '10', although I've always said OS X 10.5, for example). Since Apple screwed up and insisted X meant 10, and, as such OS X was OS 10, they've then had to use the minor release number for their major releases (10.5, 10.6) and then the maintenance release number for minor releases. Apple should just go 10.6.3.1, but I'm sure there's some archaic reason that won't work.

    So, if Apple just went OS X 10.0 in the first place, we'd be sitting at OS X 14.3.1 now, and not a v1.1 of an update (seriously, who does that?)

  1. ggirton 04/13, 01:49pm

    I just updated from 14.3.1 to 14.3.2 & I find that the removal of "swerves" in the Hippocampus adapter has meant I can get the same amount of work done on a single espresso as what used to take me two espressos and an iced tea.

  1. Paul Crawford 04/13, 05:37pm

    Just a reminder that for any update(r) or installer there are arguably two distinct versions. One pertains to the actual content of the update [i.e., which edition of some separate software is to be installed by this update?], and the other concerns the update itself [e.g., is there an improvement in the behavior of the installer?].

    In any event, however one feels about "dual versioning", Apple has in fact already used it in the past. E.g., there was the 'Mac OS X 10.4.10 Combo Update v1.1 (Intel)' update package (). IIRC, that 'v1.1' release contained a rolled-in Audio patch that was missing from the update's initial ("v1.0") release [which had required a companion installation of Audio Update 2007-001 ()]. In addition, a few Security Updates over the years have received a similar 'v1.1' treatment.

    Sometimes the line between the two version-schemes does become blurred, since an issue with an update's initial release could involve mistakes in actual content (e.g., a source-code fix that turned out to also introduce a regression bug). Even in those cases, if caught early enough, I guess Apple could invoke "original intent", to justify bumping up the version of the update package itself, rather than that of the affected software...

    Anyway, as for this current 'v1.1' release for the OS X 10.6.3 Combo update package, I think an explanation is already given in the earlier post by 'fds'. (And, notice that the "Delta" releases of the update have not been revised.) In brief, it seems that someone at Apple forgot to do the proper combo "differencing" from an OS X 10.6.0 base, so the 10.6.3-level updates for at least some 10.6.0-level files were accidentally left out of the initial combo package (i.e., the 'v1.1' describes the update package itself).

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