Closes vulnerabilities in Apache, PHP, more
Today's release of Mac OS X 10.7.3 also incorporates Apple's first Security Update of 2012, addressing vulnerabilities in components throughout the OS and its components. The update is also available as a separate download for Snow Leopard users, and while none of the issues have been reported in the wild, the update is recommended for all users of Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7, and closes potential issues in programs ranging from Apache to QuickTime.
Updates all non-Gutenprint Canon drivers
Apple has released an update to all of its native Canon drivers for users of Mac OS X 10.6.1 and higher, with the combo version weighing in at 307.23MB and bumping the version number to v2.5. Most individual drivers now sport version number 10.36.2.0, with the exception of the CanoScan lineup which is marked as v1.50. All Gutenprint drivers remain at v5.23 and are not affected by the update.
No known issues, testing Mac App Store
Keeping to a recent pattern of weekly updates, Apple late today brought out its fourth beta of OS X 10.6.7, build 10J855, with no known issues but again requesting developers focus testing on the Mac App Store. The new build is available as either a 1GB combo update or a 412.6MB delta. Developers are also requested -- as has been the case with all the 10.6.7 betas so far -- to focus on Airport, Bonjour, SMB file sharing and graphics.
10.6.5's release therefore imminent?
In an unusual move, Apple has begun seeding builds of 10.6.6 before the previous version, 10.6.5, has actually been released to the public, according to a report from AppleInsider. The new build contains no specific issues, but contains "developer support for and renewing App Store receipts." This refers to the upcoming Mac App Store that will be a future part of 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and next summer's 10.7 (Lion) release.
Update contains fixes specifically for new Macs
Apple on Tuesday released a special version of its Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update for the new 2010 iMacs. Recommended for all users of recently announced iMac (Mid 2010), the update contains all the applicable fixes from the Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update as well as well as specific fixes for iMac (Mid 2010), including resolving compatibility and performance-related graphics issues, improved compatibility with large-format SDXC memory cards, and new support for Magic Trackpad.
New features still unclear
Just weeks after Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.3, the company is already said to be preparing to test early v10.6.4 builds, according to iPhoneinCanada. The first test builds of v10.6.3 arrived in January, two months after the v10.6.2 public release.
Build comes days after last release
Apple has reportedly seeded yet another Mac OS X 10.6.3 beta to developers, just days after the previous release. The latest version is said to focus on graphics drivers, Quicktime, iPhoto, Mail, and security certificates. Developers are now working with build 10D572, a single increment above the recent 10D571 build.
Final version expected in near future
Apple has reportedly seeded Mac OS X 10.6.3 build 10D571 to developers, right on the heels of another version released less than two weeks ago. The company has asked users to focus on testing graphics drivers, iChat, QuickTime, and fonts, according to MacRumors.
Build number 10D538 seeded to developers
Apple has seeded a third beta build of the upcoming Mac OS X 10.6.3 update, which currently offers enhancements related to QuickTime X and Logic, according to AppleInsider. The beta version, build number 10D538, includes an updated version of QuickTime X that will reportedly increase security while improving compatibility and reliability.
Change poses hurdle for hackintosh configurations
Apple's final Mac OS X 10.6.2 update breaks support for Intel's Atom CPUs, according to an OSNews report. The company's intent was unclear as the software was under development. Early builds dropped compatibility for the components, although subsequent versions seemingly returned the support.
HP, PGP Mac support
Hewlett Packard has announced it will be providing real-time support throughout the HP forums for users who have recently upgraded to the new Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. HP has scheduled a time from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 9th where its Mac-connection team will be monitoring the HP Mac printing and scanning board on the company’s forums, in order to help customers with support issues for their HP products such as scanners and printers.
Benchmarks - Snow Leopards
Apple's latest release, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, has been benchmarked with positive results by normally Linux-focused Phoronix.com. The test suites cover over 100 profiles (only 60 were used in this round due to Snow Leopard incompatibilities) that can be applied to both Linux and Mac OS X, ranging from games to video playback and encryption tests. The tests cover two Mac setups, an older 1.83GHz 32-bit EFI Mac Mini with an Intel graphics processor and a newer 2.0GHz 64-bit EFI Mac Mini that supports OpenCL through its GeFORCE 9400M graphics processor. Mac OS X 10.5.8 and Mac OS X 10.6.0 were compared in the test.
Snow Leopard notes, update
With the release of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (Build 10A432, full review) on Friday, software developers continue to provide updated software for compatibility while other outlets are offering documentation on Apple's new operating system. Early reports indicate that there were short lines outside Apple Stores and that the OS actually sold out in places around the world, including Israel where it went on sale in Israel at 9:00 a.m. Israel Daylight-Savings Time (IDT) at the iDigital Store (local distributors) and promptly sold out. Apple on Friday posted a few Snow Leopard application compatibility lists and provided updated printer drivers from many major manufacturers, but other vendors have yet to deliver compatibility updates, including DYMO who says that it expects to release an update for Snow Leopard compatibility in "early Fall 2009". We have a brief roundup of other compatibility and update notes.
Snow Leopard in the wild?
Apple may be on the verge of shipping its Mac OS X Snow Leopard, if one user's claims of receiving an install of next of the next-generation operating system with his Mac Mini are to be believed. The user claims to have received the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard install DVD, then next version of Apple's operating system, when he purchased his Mac Mini in Japan. First noted by the Japanese version of Engadget, the photos and screenshots apparently confirm various slip-ups by Apple indicating that Snow Leopard is ready to ship very soon -- perhaps as early as next week.
New Snow Leopard build
Apple's second build of Snow Leopard, which was released to developers earlier this weekend, brings a number of changes to the next version of the Mac OS X operating system, including a new "simplified" installation experience, preliminary support for HFS+ file system compression and 64-bit kernel, a rewritten Cocoa-based Finder for performance improvements, a new default gamma setting for viewing colors, and basic reading and editing support for Microsoft Exchange in Mail, iCal and Address Book. Apple also noted other multi-core enhancements and low-level kernel operating system changes, including those to queue management in Grand Central its technology for enabling developers to better leverage multi-core processors. The pre-release software, offered to developers for testing, is the second version made available, following the initial preview release at WWDC in June; the final version of operating system, designed for Intel-based Macs only, is expected to ship as Mac OS X 10.6 next year.