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  • Mac OS X 10.6.3 Unleashed



    Today brought with it the arrival of Mac OS X 10.6.3, a software update to the Snow Leopard operating system. In addition to a host of bug-combating fixes, the update also serves up a variety of tune ups in terms of compatibility issues with QuickTime X and OpenGL-based applications.

    Today's update is the first major update to Snow Leopard since Mac OS X 10.6.2 arrived last November. As you may recall, that particular update primarily addressed the phantom bug that attacked guest accounts and frequently resulted in the deletion of primary user account data. The freshly announced 10.6.3 update, according to Apple, is recommended for all Snow Leopard users.

    Packing a hefty punch at 437.2 MB and available now via Software Update, Mac OS X 10.6.3 delivers a ton of tweaks, including some of the following much-needed improvements (in addition to the compatibility issues addressed above):

    * Improves the reliability of 3rd party USB input devices
    * Fixes the problem that led to background message colors to display incorrectly in Mail
    * Corrects the bug that prevented files with certain characters (like # or & ) in their names from working properly in Rosetta applications
    * Squashes the bug that prevented files from copying to Windows file servers
    * Logic Pro 9 and Main Stage 2 received a performance tweak for when they run in 64-bit mode
    * The reliability of photo screen savers is improved
    * Color issues addressed with regard to iMovie with HD content
    * Printing reliability improved

    Overall, Mac OS X 10.6.3 delivers general operating system fixes for: AirPort and wireless networking, Date and Time, Directory Services, File Services, iCal, Mail, Mobile Accounts, MobileMe, Parental Control, Rosetta, System Imaging, Time Machine, and Xsan.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Mac OS X 10.6.3 Unleashed started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      d/ling now for my MacbookPro 756.8MB, and will take care of the iMac later.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Why are the dl's different for everyone? Mine was 469MB on my MBP, and that's including a Safari update as well.
    1. joec2's Avatar
      joec2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Why are the dl's different for everyone? Mine was 469MB on my MBP, and that's including a Safari update as well.

      I guess it depends on how often you update. I havent done it for a while so my updates are HUGE! If you do it often, you prolly get the lesser amount.
    1. Bryan000's Avatar
      Bryan000 -
      Ahhh so THATS what he meant by, "Not to worry"...
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      I keep my update....
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      437.2MB for me but why so big?? It better speed up my MBP's performance.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I better download it, but I doing something on Windows on my MBP!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I'm downloading the update right now. Thanks
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I jailbroke a 2G iPhone with the update. My MBP does seem a little snappier since the update
    1. Rizaria's Avatar
      Rizaria -
      Gotta love that every update includes bugfixes for bugs I've never heard of. Always feels like a waste of time updating. =\
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Would you feel better if you got every single bug they are fixing?

      It also has some security fixes in there.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Do any of you Mac users have anti-virus software? I just got OSX86 and have been going back and forth on whether or not to install one of the protection programs.

      I will definitely not use Norton - definitely...
    1. Rizaria's Avatar
      Rizaria -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      Would you feel better if you got every single bug they are fixing?

      It also has some security fixes in there.
      Not particularly. Just saying none of the improvements ever apply to me. Waiting for that.

      Regardless I will update eventually. When I have absolutely nothing better to do on the Internet and can spare it.
    1. gary86's Avatar
      gary86 -
      um i clicked on the SOFTWARE UPDATE and my mac which is on 10.6.2 is showing no update needed?
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I jailbroke a 2G iPhone with the update. My MBP does seem a little snappier since the update

      Now I'm sure it's safe to update...will be DL'ing this once I get home from work.

      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Do any of you Mac users have anti-virus software? I just got OSX86 and have been going back and forth on whether or not to install one of the protection programs.

      I will definitely not use Norton - definitely...
      I use iantivirus...I've never had any reason to complain, plus it's free...
    1. Kroo's Avatar
      Kroo -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Do any of you Mac users have anti-virus software? I just got OSX86 and have been going back and forth on whether or not to install one of the protection programs.

      I will definitely not use Norton - definitely...
      In the 22 years of using multiple macs, I've never used anti virus software. Never had a problem.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Do any of you Mac users have anti-virus software? I just got OSX86 and have been going back and forth on whether or not to install one of the protection programs.

      I will definitely not use Norton - definitely...


      I never really used one until recently. And I only grabbed it because Comcast offers it for free. I was shocked to see they finally got one for free for both systems.

      I did get macscan in the recent macupdate bundle. I got the bundle cause it had parallels for 49$ and it usually sells for 79$. Not to mention I get several other programs too.
    1. SchmilK's Avatar
      SchmilK -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddyrob2g View Post
      I have a dell xps 410, cham 2 rc4 bootloader all non vanilla kext in the extra folder and 10.6.3 installed with out issue from delta installer here http://support.apple.com/downloads/D...ombo10.6.3.dmg


      If you need help with hackintosh Message me, please include system info.
      Dell Latitude d630 chameleon 2 rc4 extra kexts in the extra folder and i installed fine from system update

      Launching remote desktop client and chicken of the vnc are much snappier now! on 10.6.2 it would take 5-10 seconds of bouncing icon before it would open, now its instantaneous!
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      i have a mac mini and it wont let me install this update. i download it and then when it starts to install it, it says it is corrupt and has to start all over again. can someone help me? send me a message if you can.

      Thanks!

      Update
      I finally got it to work, it just took a few more trys...
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      i think i found a bug
      i cant download anything
      the only way i can is if i right click and click download linked file
      does any1 else have this annoying problem?