Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.6.7 to developers

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Today Apple seeded the latest beta of Mac OS X 10.6.7 build 10J842 to developers. This latest update comes just two weeks after Apple publicly released Mac OS X 10.6.6 to the world with the new Mac App Store.

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 just two weeks ago, which now gives desktop users the ability to play games and quickly find applications.

The next big update for Mac OS X is said to be a free upgrade for users. This update weighs in a 992.9 MB for the full disk image and 338.6 MB for the update.

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"The next big update for Mac OS X is said to be a free upgrade for users."

Lion is going to be a free upgrade? Since when?

protocol7 said,
"The next big update for Mac OS X is said to be a free upgrade for users."

Lion is going to be a free upgrade? Since when?

Er, this is an update for Snow Leopard?

protocol7 said,
"The next big update for Mac OS X is said to be a free upgrade for users."

Lion is going to be a free upgrade? Since when?

Yeah... all updates (other than OS iterations) have been free updates.

protocol7 said,
"The next big update for Mac OS X is said to be a free upgrade for users."

Lion is going to be a free upgrade? Since when?

I think the more problematic issue is the interpolation of update and upgrade - an upgrade to me means a whole new operating system release where as an update is something like a service pack which 'updates' an existing operating system.

Lion will probably be standard price - I'm optimistic but I'm realistic these days; for Steve the days of the Mac no longer interest him, its all about iOS and i-devices. I'd love to see Lion make some must needed changes that third parties want (such as fixing up long standing bugs for starters, upgrading OpenGL to 4.1 and optimise the drivers more but I doubt we're going to see such a move.

I was angry at first but now I've resigned myself to the fact that I've had a good run with Apple and now it is time that the future for me will most likely be Windows.

Looking forward to 10.7 Lion, not sure this release will truly have anything new to offer. The App Store hasn't really impressed me a hole lot, but that just me.

Pam14160 said,
Looking forward to 10.7 Lion, not sure this release will truly have anything new to offer. The App Store hasn't really impressed me a hole lot, but that just me.

Same here, I grabbed a few applications but I would have gotten them even if they weren't on the AppStore.

Panda X said,
It doesn't seem that long ago that 10 6 0 just released.

It was released in August 2009 so it has been out for almost a year and a half.

The Mac App Store "exploit" requires that app developers do not follow all five security guidelines by Apple. Since it's a vulnerability on the app side, and not the App Store side, I doubt it will see a fix. I guess that -- although a bit far-fetched -- Apple could assist their devs and make it easier to publish secure apps by redesigning the store somehow (i.e. to reduce the demands on their devs and let them get away with sloppier code), but with a document published on how to develop a secure app that is not subject to the exploit discussed here, I kind of doubt that.