Apple updates Snow Leopard, many issues resolved

Apple has released an update for Snow Leopard, releasing a pack of fixes for various issues within the operating system.  The update, OS X v10.6.3, includes stability, reliability and security updates for Snow Leopard.

Users updating their system through the Software Update installer should be warned that the file size may vary from computer-to-computer.  Users not installing the upgrade through the Software Update installer can download the required files here.

The updates in OS X v10.6.3 include:

  • 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
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The 10.6.3 update makes many 24" iMacs totally unusable. I made a blog post about it, and there are threads on the Apple forum regarding many issues.

Fixed a few problems for me.. but now when I use Time Capsule it seems to freeze the whole system -_-... not happy.....

To install an update to iTunes or QT, you are pretty much downloading and reinstalling the whole program. Why not do what everybody else does, and just download the one or two parts that need the update?

I haven't encountered any of the mentioned bugs that the new update fixes, but I installed it and everything is working just fine.

speedstr3789 said,
does everyone really need to tell everyone else the size of thier download? I mean seriously? It's roughly between 400 and 700.
Yes, this is very important and you also need to say what kind of laptop you have. The bigger and better the cooler you get, and this is, as said, very important.

700MB for an update! Whoa! That's gonna take me weeks to download on my 33kbps modem. Not to mention the space it's gonna take up on my 10GB hard disk. Oh, hang on, that was, like, 10 years ago.

I'm gonna break out my Apple IIe and go back to using that.....

In all seriousness, does it matter these days? As long as it works, and fixes the things that are broken, and improves the things that aren't broken.

These comments are so predictable. Somehow SOMEHOW people related this to Microsoft. I don't know why, or how they manage to do it, but it happens every... time... We get it, both Mac and Windows fanboys troll these comment threads, but every Mac thread doesn't need to be compared to Windows unless you think your ePeen is larger for using a certain OS.

I don't use Macs, because I prefer to use Windows because I'm a gamer (and I'm also money conscious and don't feel the need to go the hackintosh route). The size of the update doesn't matter and how often they update doesn't matter. They fixed stuff that needed to be fixed and made various improvements. What else is there to say about it aside from good for them for keeping their OS well maintained? Let's answer that... nothing important.

435.2MB here for my first gen iMac 24.
Does this have anything to do with the frequency you apply patches or is this a hardware thing?

a0me said,
435.2MB here for my first gen iMac 24.
Does this have anything to do with the frequency you apply patches or is this a hardware thing?

If you just got "Mac OS X Update" then it's not frequency of updates. If you got "Mac OS X Update (Combo)" then it includes multiple updates from the past that were not applied.

One of the main reasons people are getting between 400MB and 700MB updates is because of drivers. If you're using a system that Apple is not releasing new drivers for then you get the 400MB update through Software Update, otherwise you're getting the 700MB update; all downloads straight from their web site are for the 700MB version because obviously the web site can not determine which system you're using and if you only need the smaller version.

cowlick said,

If you just got "Mac OS X Update" then it's not frequency of updates. If you got "Mac OS X Update (Combo)" then it includes multiple updates from the past that were not applied.

One of the main reasons people are getting between 400MB and 700MB updates is because of drivers. If you're using a system that Apple is not releasing new drivers for then you get the 400MB update through Software Update, otherwise you're getting the 700MB update; all downloads straight from their web site are for the 700MB version because obviously the web site can not determine which system you're using and if you only need the smaller version.

Thanks I'd never heard of "Mac OS X Update (Combo)" before.

interesting to see Neowin censoring (removing) any comments that are "anti" apple here, or that draw attention to the hypocrisy of the Apple ads/smear campaign.

its ok for the Apple fan brigade to bag Microsoft whenever they want though.

dvb2000 said,
interesting to see Neowin censoring (removing) any comments that are "anti" apple here, or that draw attention to the hypocrisy of the Apple ads/smear campaign.

its ok for the Apple fan brigade to bag Microsoft whenever they want though.


?

If it's trolling, it's disallowed in either case. Being pro-Apple is no excuse.

Try the mods some day and see what happens if you're so confident.

Edited by Northgrove, Mar 30 2010, 10:38am :

That's an update? *faints* That's almost a service pack for Windows. Crap'n jacks, that must've been one buggy OS. Fun fact; that's almost the size of a Linux distribution, a whole OS was an update for Snow Leopard.

Billus said,
That's an update? *faints* That's almost a service pack for Windows. Crap'n jacks, that must've been one buggy OS. Fun fact; that's almost the size of a Linux distribution, a whole OS was an update for Snow Leopard.

If it was that bad, they wouldn't have waited all this time to release it in one big lump.

Billus said,
That's an update? *faints* That's almost a service pack for Windows.

Duh, it IS the equivalent of a SP in Windows. OS X is now version 10.6.3.
Crap'n jacks, that must've been one buggy OS.

Yeah, because operating systems don't use to get service packs.

Edited by Northgrove, Mar 30 2010, 10:27am :

Sorry that I'm new to the Mac universe, but do people always say that after each update? It sounds really like the "Onyxia deep breaths more" meme from the World of Warcraft community to me.

Was roughly 700MB for me too, installed without a hitch as always. Gotta love Apple and their dedication to frequent security updates, I wish the same thing could be said about Microsoft...

KSean said,
Was roughly 700MB for me too, installed without a hitch as always. Gotta love Apple and their dedication to frequent security updates, I wish the same thing could be said about Microsoft...
Eh? "Patch Tuesday" anybody? MS are just on the ball as Apple are.

KSean said,
Was roughly 700MB for me too, installed without a hitch as always. Gotta love Apple and their dedication to frequent security updates, I wish the same thing could be said about Microsoft...

Well this is your lucky day! MS do not tire of updates, they come far more frequently than OSX ones in my experience.

Laura said,

Well this is your lucky day! MS do not tire of updates, they come far more frequently than OSX ones in my experience.

It depends on what you mean. Apple release SP-scale updates more frequently than MS, no question about that, but MS releases smaller fixes more often.

Northgrove said,
It depends on what you mean. Apple release SP-scale updates more frequently than MS, no question about that, but MS releases smaller fixes more often.

Someone who sees how it really is. It's refreshing to see such an attitude on a website populated with such ignorant MS fanboys/girls. =/

Regardless, Microsoft's security is horrific. Look how many viruses there are out there in the wild for Windows - its thousands upon thousands of the number of viruses there have ever been on Apple's security-tight OS.

Regardless, Microsoft's security is horrific. Look how many viruses there are out there in the wild for Windows - its thousands upon thousands of the number of viruses there have ever been on Apple's security-tight OS.

*Yawn*

Look at windows marketshare, its thousands upon thousands of the number of macs out there. Now look at how many non-tech savvy people use either OS. Windows still has thousands upon thousands more than mac.

Edited by -Razorfold, Mar 30 2010, 11:04pm :

Back on topic, the update definitely speeds things up. It also has improved my VMWare performance significantly. Very nice update and there are no issues to report from my end.

438 meg size for me. 15" MBP 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo. Not bothered about the size if nothing ends up buggered, and Charter's cable mahanges to stay connected. Regardless filesize no big deal.

Update on my 27" iMac was about 700MB. Update on my 13" MacBook Pro was about 400MB. Both installed without a hitch. Didn't have any problems before. Looks like it's stayed that way.

My update was the 700MB+ one. Installed it, works fine.

Good good.

I'm not even gonna bother replying to the comments about Apple being perfect. Trolls.

437.2MB on my end. Read up on the updates, looks like they really too a lot to the board on this one in terms of stability and security.

ahhell said,
Holy ****! And people crap on MS for releasing a service pack that is 300MB!! That thing is massive.

I didn't know it was still 2005.

ahhell said,
Holy ****! And people crap on MS for releasing a service pack that is 300MB!! That thing is massive.

They do?

ahhell said,
Holy ****! And people crap on MS for releasing a service pack that is 300MB!! That thing is massive.

Who? I gave Microsoft crap for NOT releasing more large service packs; it drove me nuts that they were taking their sweet time to get XP SP3 out of the door, which meant I had to spend more time away from other jobs while I sat at systems waiting for individual updates to download and install after installing (slipstreaming) SP2 before I could make a fully updated image for large deployments.

kraized said,
760MB or there about for my 15-inch uMBP 2.53GHz.

Yes, one of our developers told me (that is his screenshot) that one pack was 400MB, while the other was 700MB.

Base 2 and Base 10 really screw things up.