Apple Drops OS X Update On Planet… Fanbois Rejoyce

Apple yesterday released OS X 10.5.8 which is expected to be the last update before Snow Leopard ships. Here’s what it does:

  • Upgrades Safari to version 4.0.2.
  • Improves the accuracy of full history search in Safari 4.
  • Resolves an issue in which certain resolutions might not appear in the Display pane in System Preferences.
  • Dragging an Aperture image into Automator now invokes an Aperture action instead of incorrectly invoking an iPhoto action.
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent importing of large photo and movie files from digital cameras.
  • Improves overall Bluetooth reliability with external devices, USB webcams and printers.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause extended startup times.
  • Improves iCal reliability with MobileMe Sync and CalDav.
  • Addresses data reliability issues with iDisk and MobileMe.
  • Improves overall reliability with AFP.
  • Improves overall reliability with Managed Client.
  • Improves compatibility and reliability for joining AirPort networks.
  • Improves Sync Service reliability.
  • Includes additional RAW image support for several third-party cameras.
  • Improves compatibility with some external USB hard drives.
  • Includes latest security fixes.

That’s a lot of fixes in one go. By the way, users of OS X 10.4 got their own security update as well that only contains the security fixes. Here are links to all of these updates:

OS X 10.5.8 Update Downloads

OS X 10.4 Tiger Security Update Downloads:

I’ve installed 10.5.8 and have had no problems thus far, unlike the last time I did an OS update. Also, it seems that the fanbois are having few issues thus far with this as well, although there are some install problems noted by some of the Apple faithful. A look at Canadian fanboi site ehMac and seems to indicate that at least for now it looks like it’s safe to update, although I should note that it may take a few days for issues to surface just like the last time.

If I trip over anything earth shattering, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, Mac users should rejoice in the last update before they move to that great and wonderful OS called Snow Leopard unless you own a Power PC based Mac in which case you are S.O.L.

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