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Apple Releases Update to Mac OS X 10.5.7

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

We talk a lot around these parts about operating systems that aren’t officially released yet, but there’s still work being done on the OSes of today.

Just as Windows Vista has its second Service Pack (it’s gone gold and should release soon), those of the Mac camp have a brand new update to download to bring their OS X installations to a whole new number.

Apple today released an update to bring Leopard to 10.5.7 – what many believe to be the last major update before the release of Snow Leopard.

Apple lists the following as general fixes and improvements:

  • Includes latest security fixes.
  • Includes additional RAW image support for several third-party cameras.
  • Improves performance of video playback and cursor movements for recent Macs with NVIDIA graphics.
  • Resolves an issue with Dvorak keyboard layout in Mac OS X 10.5.6.
  • Improves the reliability and accuracy of Unit Converter, Stocks, Weather and Movies Dashboard widgets.
  • Addresses a situation that may cause issues when logging into Gmail.
  • Improves reliability when syncing contacts with Yahoo!.
  • Expansion Slot Utility for Mac Pro now reports the correct PCIe slot configuration.
  • Improves network performance when connected to certain Ethernet switches that have Flow Control enabled.
  • Improves stability for network home directories hosted by Mac OS X Server v10.4.
  • Improves Finder search results for network volumes that may not support Spotlight searching, such as Mac OS X Server v10.4, Time Capsule, and third-party AFP servers.
  • Includes several improvements to Directory Service and Client Management, which are described in the About Mac OS X Server 10.5.7 Update article.

There are also other fixes for iCal, Mail, Parental Controls and Printing. Check out the full list here.

If you have a Mac running 10.5, you can get the update from Software Update or you can download them separately from Apple’s Support Downloads. The base update from 10.5.6 will run 442 MB.

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    cadder , May 12, 2009 10:41 PM
    According to Apple commercials on TV, Apple computers do not require updates to their operating systems.
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    ag3nt smith , May 12, 2009 11:24 PM
    Ok...

    Includes latest security fixes.
    > I thought they didn't need security fixes? I thought Macs were the PERFECT creation ever!
    Improves the reliability and accuracy of Unit Converter, Stocks, Weather and Movies Dashboard widgets.
    > What kind of OS can't do math or read stocks or maps?
    Improves reliability when syncing contacts with Yahoo!.
    > Reliability? So Macs crash?
    Expansion Slot Utility for Mac Pro now reports the correct PCIe slot configuration.
    > Sounds like a bad hardware issue to me.

    I'll stick with my W7 RC until Apple 'creates' the real 'perfect' creation.
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    acecombat , May 12, 2009 10:25 PM
    Marcus YamImproves performance of video playback and cursor movements for recent Macs with NVIDIA graphics.


    So Macs can finally render a mouse cursor smoothly?? Looks like everything is coming up apple
  • 17 Hide
    cadder , May 12, 2009 10:41 PM
    According to Apple commercials on TV, Apple computers do not require updates to their operating systems.
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    norbs , May 12, 2009 10:57 PM
    acecombatSo Macs can finally render a mouse cursor smoothly?? Looks like everything is coming up apple

    lol tho whole OS looks more fluid then any MS os as it is, it's just making it better...
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    norbs , May 12, 2009 10:58 PM
    norbslol tho whole OS looks more fluid then any MS os as it is, it's just making it better...
    it's not required.
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    cryogenic , May 12, 2009 10:59 PM
    cadderAccording to Apple commercials on TV, Apple computers do not require updates to their operating systems.


    I also love the fact that while Microsoft when doing and update usually says something in the lines of:
    - Fixed a performance issue regarding mouse movement on X video cards ..

    The Apple version:
    - Improves performance of video playback and cursor movements for recent Macs with NVIDIA graphics.

    What is there to improve for mouse movement? It either works as expected or it doesn't work as expected (laggy, slow response) in which case it's an ISSUE they FIXED, not an "improvement" they made.

    After so many years since graphical interfaces were first developed I don't think there are still things to improve about mouse movement ...

    Yeah go ahead, flame me back (maybe I deserve it) but that improving the mouse movement got me started ...

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    norbs , May 12, 2009 11:00 PM
    cadderAccording to Apple commercials on TV, Apple computers do not require updates to their operating systems.

    ^^^ quoted wrong thing earlier, but no it's not required.
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    norbs , May 12, 2009 11:03 PM
    CryogenicI also love the fact that while Microsoft when doing and update usually says something in the lines of: - Fixed a performance issue regarding mouse movement on X video cards ..The Apple version: - Improves performance of video playback and cursor movements for recent Macs with NVIDIA graphics.What is there to improve for mouse movement? It either works as expected or it doesn't work as expected (laggy, slow response) in which case it's an ISSUE they FIXED, not an "improvement" they made.After so many years since graphical interfaces were first developed I don't think there are still things to improve about mouse movement ... Yeah go ahead, flame me back (maybe I deserve it) but that improving the mouse movement got me started ...


    Yeah good mentality, if you figure out how to do something better then no point in doing it because it's just extra work.
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    ag3nt smith , May 12, 2009 11:24 PM
    Ok...

    Includes latest security fixes.
    > I thought they didn't need security fixes? I thought Macs were the PERFECT creation ever!
    Improves the reliability and accuracy of Unit Converter, Stocks, Weather and Movies Dashboard widgets.
    > What kind of OS can't do math or read stocks or maps?
    Improves reliability when syncing contacts with Yahoo!.
    > Reliability? So Macs crash?
    Expansion Slot Utility for Mac Pro now reports the correct PCIe slot configuration.
    > Sounds like a bad hardware issue to me.

    I'll stick with my W7 RC until Apple 'creates' the real 'perfect' creation.
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    acecombat , May 12, 2009 11:51 PM
    norbslol tho whole OS looks more fluid then any MS os as it is, it's just making it better...

    What's more fluid than fluid?!? (No that's not a brain teaser, it's pointing out another Mac
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    warezme , May 13, 2009 1:37 AM
    norbsit's not required.


    LOL, windows updates are not required either but if you want your sh*t fixed as in it fixes things that don't work like they are supposed to, then yea..., they are required.
  • 7 Hide
    icebain , May 13, 2009 1:44 AM
    Just saw a funny mac commercial that stated how great their customer care is. Well, if their computers are perfect, and don't require anything, why do they even NEED customer care?
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    Tindytim , May 13, 2009 2:56 AM
    God I hate John Hodgman.
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    eklipz330 , May 13, 2009 3:41 AM
    Quote:
    Apple Releases Update to Mac OS X 10.5.7


    hmmm.... i have to review on my decimals!
  • 0 Hide
    Tindytim , May 13, 2009 3:52 AM
    eklipz330hmmm.... i have to review on my decimals!

    You've never seen multiple decimals used for version numbers before? It's been commonplaces for...decades.
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    falchard , May 13, 2009 5:58 AM
    Are mac updates so infrequent they require a news post?
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    randomizer , May 13, 2009 6:51 AM
    eklipz330hmmm.... i have to review on my decimals!

    Major.Minor.Build.Revision is one variation of the software versioning system. Apple doesn't use all 4 parts of the versioning system, so the third number could be build or revision. It doesn't really matter. What does matter is that it has nothing to do with decimals...
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    eklipz330 , May 13, 2009 12:28 PM
    randomizerMajor.Minor.Build.Revision is one variation of the software versioning system. Apple doesn't use all 4 parts of the versioning system, so the third number could be build or revision. It doesn't really matter. What does matter is that it has nothing to do with decimals...

    thanks for helpin me out with that one my good man/woman/random
  • 0 Hide
    Tedders , May 13, 2009 12:38 PM
    I love watchin' you guys get your panties all up in a wad over Apple stuff. Good viewing!
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2009 12:46 PM
    I love my mac.
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    solymnar , May 13, 2009 1:23 PM
    norbs^^^ quoted wrong thing earlier, but no it's not required.


    Do you use a mac?

    Try this. Don't update your OS for more than 2 updates. Then go check and see how many things simply stop working such as itunes etc. But "everything just works" right? Not so much. Apple doesn't bother supporting non updated OSes. For the most part that makes sense.

    But ironically mac updates are notably more "required" than windows ones. Due to heavily integrated function of the OS it would seem.

    So yes that would fly in the face of commercials that tell you that macs don't require updates and don't have security issues...if in fact an update is eventually required and carries security updates...

    As for the wording, its a bit silly but that comes down from headquarters.

    Two of my friends work for mac support. And they actually can not in any way label something as a "problem", they can call it an issue but nothing on apple products are to be called "problems". They can litterally get fired over that if the slip up and call a problem a "problem". The warm fuzzy exterior of the iron hand in a sense.

    If that doesn't scream that apple is focused on its image...I'm not quite sure what does.
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