Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.2 Update

Coming in at two months after their previous update, Apple have today released their latest major update for Snow Leopard, which also arrives with a security patch that includes their previous OS X release, Leopard.

The Snow Leopard update to 10.6.2 arrives with a host of fixes that are aimed at improving the reliability of the operating system itself, while others are aimed at technical bugs related to Apple software that comes pre-loaded (Mail, Safari), as well as improvements to iWork, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut Studio and fixes for some graphical and font issues.

Fixes included in the Snow Leopard update:
· an issue that caused data to be deleted when using a guest account
· an issue that might cause your system to logout unexpectedly
· Spotlight search results not showing Exchange contacts
· the reliability of menu extras
· an issue in Dictionary when using Hebrew as the primary language
· shutter-click sound effect when taking a screenshot
· an issue with the four-finger swipe gesture
· an issue adding images to contacts in Address Book
· an issue in Front Row that could cause sluggish or slow frame rates while watching videos
· creation of mobile accounts for Active Directory users
· reliability and duration of VPN connections
· general reliability improvements for iWork, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut Studio, MobileMe, and iDisk
· overall improvements to VoiceOver performance
· this update addresses video playback and performance issues for iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009) and iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) computers that may occur in some situations while AirPort is turned on

You can find the full list of Snow Leopards fixes at Apple's website, the 10.6.2 update can be downloaded manually from Apple here or via Software Update in Snow Leopard.

The released security update fixes a list of flaws in numerous software used on both Leopard and Snow Leopard for applications such as Quicktime, plus included features such as Spotlight, to add to a number of other parts of the OS X system.
The security update is included in the Snow Leopard 10.6.2 update, but for Leopard users, you can download the update via the Software Update utility or by downloading it manually from Apple here.

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I'm still ****ed of for the Airport problem... Since I bought my MacBook with Leopard 10.5.8 I have the NASTY random disconnections from internet... I thought this update will correct that but nothing!!!.. Apple sucks!!!!!

Finally seems to have fixed the slow performance I was experiencing with Samba shares :D

edit: and Aperture hasn't locked up on me once today. Looks like most of my snow leopard troubles are gone.

5Horizons said,
Finally seems to have fixed the slow performance I was experiencing with Samba shares :D

Suh-weeet! That was driving me batsy!

5Horizons said,
Finally seems to have fixed the slow performance I was experiencing with Samba shares :D

Lucky you. I couldn't even get samba to work. Stuck with FTP for file sharing here.

+1. The hardware vendors had months to prepare for Vista's release. But they didnt, and the esteemed press figured MS was to blame for any problems. Vista was very usable at release.

· an issue that caused data to be deleted when using a guest account
· an issue that might cause your system to logout unexpectedly

How is this better than Windows? :P

Critical Error said,
� an issue that caused data to be deleted when using a guest account
� an issue that might cause your system to logout unexpectedly

How is this better than Windows? :P

Because it's fixed only a couple of months after initial release and a month after the bug is discovered. Vista was unusable for a whole year and something before SP1 came along. :P

cycro said,
Because it's fixed only a couple of months after initial release and a month after the bug is discovered. Vista was unusable for a whole year and something before SP1 came along. :P


Wow! "a couple of months after initial release" What a speed! But Im pointing on specific issues. You are pointing on something general, so your arguments are worthless.

As far as I remember Vista never deleted my data or log me out unexpectedly. Vista was bad because of lazy hardware manufactures and it was really bloated, thats true, but it is still more secure and reliable system! :P

cycro said,
Because it's fixed only a couple of months after initial release and a month after the bug is discovered. Vista was unusable for a whole year and something before SP1 came along. :P

what do you mean with "unusable". Perfectly fine here.

I second that; the total size has increased 7x's compared to the first update - every framework has been updated in some way, many new and updated drivers such as the GMA 950 and X3100. It's friggin awesome! *waves undies in the air whilst going woohoo*

Essentially, yes. Apple releases major versions (i.e. 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6) and then minor releases with fixes in batches which are similar, although generally more frequent that Windows' service packs (e.g. 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3...).

Well, there are no service packs on OS X, when using the Windows measure. And no minor patches either. They're all somewhere in between. MS always release much larger service packs, and conversely much smaller maintenance patches.

an issue that caused data to be deleted when using a guest account

Wohoo, the infamous guest account bug. :D

Although I wished they would have done an out-of-band update for that one, given the severity and media exposure it attracted.

Otherwise, I think this one was most notable, as it's more of a new feature than a bug fix:
(Snow Leopard has built-in support for MS Exchange, unlike Windows :p)

Spotlight search results not showing Exchange contacts