Mac OS 10.6.5 Released

AP-Software Update

The latest version of the Mac OS has been released into the wild and it's a big one! You can go to Software Update under your Apple Menu and the proper version for you computer set-up should automatically be chosen. You can also go directly to Apple's Website and download the update. Be careful though, the combo update is nearly 1 gigabyte in size. For my MacBook Pro the update came in at 517 megabytes, that's still sizable, but not 1 gig in size. Mac OS Update 10.6.5While Apple does list a few of the problems that are addressed by 10.6.5, per usual Apple is rather quiet on all of the fixes and updates. They just recommend you download and install.

One new feature that was supposed to debut in 10.6.5 was AirPrint Sharing. This feature would allow you, with an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone to print directly from the device to the printer of your choice through your Mac. For an unknown reason the AirPrint Sharing feature was left out of this release. Some rumors are licensing problems. Other rumors were that it was too bugy to release. What we do know is that it was in the last developer build, but not in the GM release. The feature was working, but word was the feature was still unstable.

There is no word from Apple if that feature will make it into the next Mac OS release or if the project has been put on hold or possibly even killed. Hope springs eternal, so maybe one 10.6.7 comes bouncing along, AirPrint Sharing will make it's official debut.

The 10.6.5 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 reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
  • address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
  • address stability and performance of graphics applications and games
  • resolve a delay between print jobs
  • address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme
  • resolve an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal
  • address an issue where dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide
  • resolve an issue with Wikipedia information not displaying correctly in Dictionary
  • improve performance of MainStage on certain Mac systems
  • resolve spacing issues with OpenType fonts
  • improve reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays
  • resolve a VoiceOver issue when browsing some web sites with Safari 5

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4250. For information on the security content of this update, please visit:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.