Apple releases Mac OS X v10.6.7

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Only two weeks after Apple seeded the latest Mac OS X build (10J868) to developers, the latest software update is now available to the public. The final build of Mac OS X v10.6.7 is now available for download to everyone.

Mac OS X 10.6.7 will focus on some key areas of their operating system features, including better AirPlay support, Bonjour service, improved Windows file sharing (SMB), and improved graphics drivers. No word on if v10.6.7 patches the Mac App Store vulnerability that allows anyone to download and play games on their computer. The simple exploit became widespread just hours after Apple released v10.6.6.

The Mac App Store follows the highly successful App Store on the iOS platform, which allows mobile users to download and use apps and games on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The Mac App Store launched for the Mac OS X platform in January, which now gives desktop users the ability to play games and quickly find applications.

Mac OS X v10.6.7 comes with additional minor updates including Safari 5.0.4, DVD playback update for 64-bit kernels, font updates and much more.

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Whats with this "Feels Snappier" I see it on Mac Rumors whenever Safari gets updated, is it a long running joke or something?

Wonder how long will it take until something new from Apple - Mac OS XI? Mac OS X is some 10 years old...

I may get in trouble with Apple but here it goes: 868 is NOT the latest build of 10.6.7! There is a newer build in developer.apple.com. You have 2 pay to get it however.

kevpan815 said,
I may get in trouble with Apple but here it goes: 868 is NOT the latest build of 10.6.7! There is a newer build in developer.apple.com. You have 2 pay to get it however.

way to be superstar! I hope they throw you in jail after this.

kevpan815 said,
I may get in trouble with Apple but here it goes: 868 is NOT the latest build of 10.6.7! There is a newer build in developer.apple.com. You have 2 pay to get it however.

Why would you get in trouble for this?

azz0r_wugg said,

Why would you get in trouble for this?

As part of my Apple IOS & Apple Mac Developer Program Memberships: I am under an NDA (Non-Disclosure-Agreement) 4 both programs. Anyways: just 2 let you guys know: The Latest Build of 10.6.7 is 869, and NOT 868!

.NEO, the reason they version the Windows kernel that way is because they don't want to break a lot of software which checks for a version number. There are a lot of lazy software houses that just look for a major version of <=6.

Ooh, has anyone else noticed that OSX is ten years old this Thursday? Do you think Apple will be throwing a party?

Timble said,
Ooh, has anyone else noticed that OSX is ten years old this Thursday? Do you think Apple will be throwing a party?

By releasing Mac OS X Lion! Whoooooo

(Not going to happen I know... )

superconductive said,
Seriously, is there ever going to be a max OS XI ?

I don't think you're the only one wondering that! OSX is older than Windows XP, and although they are giving it significant evolutionary updates (each of which is charged as a full product), surely a major new version is called for some time soon? And people chide Microsoft for being slow.

Timble said,

I don't think you're the only one wondering that! OSX is older than Windows XP, and although they are giving it significant evolutionary updates (each of which is charged as a full product), surely a major new version is called for some time soon? And people chide Microsoft for being slow.

Why do people like yourself still assume version numbers are everything? They're calling it "10.x" so it must be a small update! But if they call the exact same update "11" it must magically be HUGE!

All Windows updates are just as evolutionary. Windows 7 (v6.1) is based off Windows Vista (v6.0) which is based on Windows 2003 (v5.2) which is based on Windows XP (v5.1) which is based on Windows 2000 (v5.0) etc.

superconductive said,
Seriously, is there ever going to be a max OS XI ?

Same question as: Is there ever going to be a Windows NT platform successor?

That would be a massive undertaking in both cases (Windows NT 3.51 back in Windows 3.11 days all up to Windows 7 are NT based), and one that would have to provide massive improvements both feature-wise and financially to be motivated. I personally don't feel why I should need such a successor at this point in either Windows or OS X.

Timble said,

I don't think you're the only one wondering that! OSX is older than Windows XP, and although they are giving it significant evolutionary updates (each of which is charged as a full product), surely a major new version is called for some time soon? And people chide Microsoft for being slow.


I don't know how you've managed to be wrong so many times in such a short comment, but well done anyways.

what said,

I don't know how you've managed to be wrong so many times in such a short comment, but well done anyways.

Fair cop! I am only saying this a bit cheekily as an outsider's view. Hence the winkey at the end, which I thought indicated light-heartedness and jest, does it not?

superconductive said,
Seriously, is there ever going to be a max OS XI ?

I imagine OS XI will be a completely new OS and not an evolution of OS X. OS X is the name of Apple's current computer OS in the same way that Windows is the name of Microsoft's current computer OS. Stating that OS X is older than Windows XP is not a good comparison. Saying Windows is older than OS X is a good comparison. Saying OS X Snow Leopard is older than Windows 7 is accurate.

Shadrack said,
Saying Windows is older than OS X is a good comparison.

Actually Mac OS X is directly based off NeXTSTEP which saw is initial release in 1989. Windows NT was released in 1993.

.Neo said,

Why do people like yourself still assume version numbers are everything? They're calling it "10.x" so it must be a small update! But if they call the exact same update "11" it must magically be HUGE!

All Windows updates are just as evolutionary. Windows 7 (v6.1) is based off Windows Vista (v6.0) which is based on Windows 2003 (v5.2) which is based on Windows XP (v5.1) which is based on Windows 2000 (v5.0) etc.

+1 and due to this all have the same security bugs.

superconductive said,
Seriously, is there ever going to be a max OS XI ?

"Technically" the replacement for OS-X is already here, and it's iOS. 10.7 is an integration of iOS with OS-X. I suspect after this we'll see most development on OS-X stagnate while iOS is pushed forward, and eventually it'll be OS-X legacy support tacked on to iOS for the desktop.

True further development on OS-X doesn't really further any of Apples modern goals. Maintaining OS-X for a limited time still only serves their goals to keep part of the desktop market while they slowly step out of that market, or at least pay as little attention as they feel they can get away with.

Feels the same on my iMac ... I don't really know if what they did should make it faster but I get every update immediately blindly so I guess I'm not doing it for any other reason than to stay current.

virtorio said,
Saying that OS10 feels faster after an update is a long running joke.

I thought the joke was more Safari related.

.Neo said,

I thought the joke was more Safari related.

Or Firefox, or Chrome, or... It's common to feel placebo effects in all kinds of software, and it's frequently posted in forums.