Apple releases update of Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Apple released an update for its Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system on Wednesday night that will enhance the "stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac."
The updates are available for free on Apple's website in a download "combo," which includes all updates and fixes for any version of Snow Leopard Mac users might have. The Snow Leopard update is also available to Mac owners by choosing "Software Update" from the Apple menu, a function that will also look for updates for other Apple applications a user may have installed on their computer.
The updates include, among other items:
- Improved reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
- Improved performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture.
- Improved stability and performance of graphics applications and games.
- Improved Ethernet internet connection reliability.
- A fix for a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme.
- A fix for an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal.
- A fix an issue in which Wikipedia information may not display correctly in Apple's Dictionary application.
- Improved reliability with some Bluetooth Braille displays.
- Improved Bluetooth pairing with Magic Trackpad.
- Improved syncing between Apple's Address Book application and Google services.
- A fix for an issue when replying to a Mail message sent by a person whose name contains certain characters such as é or ü.
- Improved security.
Apple advises that Mac owners back up the files on their computer to an external hard drive before downloading the update. Apple also released a security update for Leopard, the previous version of Mac OS X, late Wednesday night as a free download.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Image: An Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer and a box for Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system. Credit: Apple Inc.