Mac OS X 10.6.3 Update: addresses OpenGL, QuickTime and other issues
Mac OS X 10.6.3 has just been released. It is downloadable via MacOS Software Update or from Apple’s Support page in combo format. It weighs in at a rather heavy 438,7 MB for my MacBook Pro via Software update, but takes a whopping 719.23 MB of space as the combo update. It IS recommended for all Snow Leopard users, but as always, comes with the proviso: early adopters are often bug-rooters as is found in this 10.6.3 Apple Discussion thread. Remember to backup your Mac before installing any system-dependent files or updates; you don’t want this to happen (From Apple Discussion thread):
I just updated to 10.6.3 using the System Update on my first-generation MacBook Pro. I’m now getting a kernel panic at startup, and cannot boot the system.
Specifically, I’m seeing:
panic(cpu 0 caller 0x2a96f6): “Version mis-match between Kernel and CPU PM”@/SourceCache/xnu/xnu-1504.3.12/osfmk/i386/pmCPU.c:720
OSX 10.6.3 update specifics after the gap:
Apple 10.6.3 Support Documentation
The 10.6.3 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:
- improve the reliability and compatibility of QuickTime X
- address compatibility issues with OpenGL-based applications
- address an issue that causes background message colors to display incorrectly in Mail
- resolve an issue that prevented files with the # or & characters in their names from opening in Rosetta applications
- resolve an issue that prevented files from copying to Windows file servers
- improve performance of Logic Pro 9 and Main Stage 2 when running in 64-bit mode
- improve sleep and wake reliability when using Bonjour wake on demand
- address a color issue in iMovie with HD content
- improve printing reliability
- resolve issues with recurring events in iCal when connected to an Exchange server
- improve the reliability of 3rd party USB input devices
- fix glowing, stuck, or dark pixels when viewing video from the iMac (Late 2009) built-in iSight camera
For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4014.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.