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.
Logic Pro 9.0.2 improves overall stability
Apple on Monday released an update to its professional audio production software that’s part of Logic Studio, Logic Pro 9.0.2. The software delivers tools for studio and stage production, including the ability to record, edit and mix song tracks, as well as import or share projects with other users. The latest update is said to improve overall stability, provide I/O and TDM plug-in improvements, and delivers several bug fixes and enhancements.
AirPort 5.4.2 fixes bugs
Apple today released an update to its software for its line of branded wireless routers, including the AirPort Express Base Station, the AirPort Extreme Base Station, and Time Capsule. AirPort Utility 5.4.2 includes general fixes and compatibility updates for the following applications: AirPort Utility and AirPort Base Station Agent, Apple said. It also also installs AirPort Disk Utility on Macs running Tiger. An updated version for Windows PCs is also available.
iMovie, Aperture updates
Apple today released updates to consumer movie editing application iMovie as well its professional photography application Aperture and remote administration tools for Mac OS X Server installations. iMovie 8.02 fixes an issue with projects having a size of 0KB where attempting to open these projects would cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly at launch. According to Apple, the update also addresses a problem where full-screen mode could not be accessed on some systems. Apple's Aperture 2.1.3 update improves overall stability and addresses minor issues in a number of areas, including the display of thumbnails on import and image rotation. The free update is recommended for all users of Aperture 2.3 and is available as a 48.1MB download.
Digital Camera Raw 2.3
Apple on Tuesday released Digital Camera Raw Compatibility 2.3, which it says extends RAW file compatibility for Aperture 2 and iPhoto ’08 for the following cameras: Canon EOS 50D, Nikon D90, Sony DSLR-A900, and Nikon Coolpix P6000. Apple also noted that the update also addresses issues related to specific cameras and overall stability. The 4MB update is available via the Web as well via the Software Update in Mac OS X.
iTunes 7.7.1 update
Just a few days after the iPhone DRM may have been cracked, Apple has released iTunes 7.7.1. The update, according to Apple, includes fixes to improve stability and performance, but the company did not provide any other details. The 48MB update is available via Mac OS X Software Update and via the Web. The software requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later for iTunes functions and Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later for iPhone support.
QuickTime 7.5 fixes bugs
Apple on Monday released QuickTime 7.5, an update to its multimedia software (available for both Macs and PCs). The software, according to the company, improves application compatibility and addresses five security issues; it "is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users." The download is 60MB and available via the Software Update for Tiger, Panther, and Leopard users. In addition, Apple has also posted the QuickTime/MPEG video stream of the keynote. Our own coverage is still available online and we have a full gallery of photos.
Apple RAW 2.1 update
Apple on Wednesday continued its slew of updates with the release of its Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.1, which extends RAW file compatibility for Aperture 2 and iPhoto ’08 for the following cameras: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/Kiss Digital x2/450D, Epson R-D1, Leaf AFi 7, Leaf AFi 6, Leaf AFi 5, Pentax K200D, and Pentax K20D. Apple also released critical security updates for Mac OS X Tiger and a massive Mac OS X 10.5.3 Leopard update that addressed dozens of security bugs.
Logic Pro 8.02 update
Apple on Tuesday released Logic Pro 8.0.2, an update to its professional audio production software released last September as part of Logic Studio. The comprehensive suite of professional tools provides tools for studio and stage production. Apple says the update addresses specific customer and compatibility issues of Logic Pro 8.0 and includes Wavebuner 1.5.2 and Impulse Response Utility 1.0.2 and recommends it for all Logic Pro 8.0 users. Apple's tech note describe dozens of fixes and updates, including addressing startup issues under Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard. Apple also said that users will have to update the Logic Node application on connected computers as well (the updated Logic Node installer called Logic Node 8.0.2.dmg will be in the Utilities folder). The 135MB update is available on the Web (requires AppleID) or via the Software Update.
Leopard gets Java SE 6
Apple has released Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 1 for 64-bit Intel Macs, finally enabling Java 1.6 on the newest Mac OS X Leopard release. The update adds support for Java SE 6, specifically version 1.6.0_05, although v1.6.0_06 is the latest release. Apple says that the release "does not change the default version of Java" and is only for Mac OS X v10.5.2 and later; it should not be installed on earlier versions of Mac OS X: "This release is for 64-bit Intel-based Macs only and cannot run on PowerPC-based or 32-bit Intel-based Macs," Apple wrote in its documentation. The 58MB update is available via the Mac OS X Software Update. Apple notes that the release, first seeded to developers in early March, provides several additional features including support for AppleScript as a javax.script language, new API for altering the application Dock icon, and native support for document modal sheets.
MacBook Pro 1.5.1 update
Apple today released its MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5.1, which it says provides fixes several issues to improve the stability of MacBook Pro computers. The update revises a recently-issued MBP firmware update that came alongside similar updates for most of its other Mac families, including the MacBook, MacBook Air, and iMac computers -- as well as a specific MacBook Air Bluetooth update -- and also comes with updated version of the Firmware Restoration CD 1.7. "After the firmware is successfully applied to your Mac, your Boot ROM Version will be:
MBP21.00A5.B08 or MBP31.0070.B07," the company notes.
Mac OS X 10.5.2 Update
Apple today released Mac OS X 10.5.2 Update, which it says is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes "general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac." The 180MB update, available via Software Update, brings AirPort networking fixes, better Back to My Mac support, Dashboard performance improvements, iCal and iChat improvements, Finder and Mail fixes, Parental Control and printing fixes, and Time machine fixes.
iTunes 7.6, QuickTime 7.4
Apple today released updates to iTunes 7.6, QuickTime 7.4, iMovie 7.1.1, and Front Row 2.1.2. The iTunes update rent and download movies (or directly to your living room on Apple TV) -- in sizes up to 720p HD with surround sound on your Apple TV and sizes up to DVD-quality on your computer. Users can also transfer rented movies from iTunes to your iPod or iPhone and enjoy them on the go. The update also adds the ability to easily transfer purchases made on Apple TV back to your computer with iTunes. QuickTime 7.4 brings numerous bug fixes and support for the latest iTunes. iMove 7.1.1 addresses issues when publishing movies to a .Mac Web Gallery, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of other minor issues, according the company's documentation. Finally, Front Row 2.1.2 update addresses issues when publishing movies to a .Mac Web Gallery, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of other minor issues. All are available via the Software Update
QT, GarageBand updated
Apple today issued security updates to its QuickTime 7.3.1 software (Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Windows) for Mac OS X 10.3.9 Panther, 10.4.9 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, and Windows Vista/XP SP2 that bolsters security. The Cupertino-based company also enhanced its GarageBand audio software. GarageBand 4.1.1 features better overall stability and fixes to issues with file export to iPhone. [updated]