Mac OS X 10.6.5 released

Apple has just pushed an update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The updated version, v10.6.5, brings a number of bug fixes, stability improvements, compatibility and security updates for Mac.

The free update available to all Mac OS X Snow Leopard users brings a big list of fixes including HP printer support and AirPort Extreme, OpenType font updates, better Bluetooth support with some devices, Safari 5 improvements, SSL support for iDisk and many more.

General fixes and improvements

  • Improves reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers.
  • Addresses performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture.
  • Addresses stability and performance of graphics applications and games.
  • Resolves a delay between print jobs.
  • Addresses a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme.
  • Resolves an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal.
  • Addresses an issue in which dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide.
  • Resolves an issue in which Wikipedia information may not display correctly in Dictionary.
  • Improves performance of MainStage on certain Macs.
  • Resolves spacing issues with OpenType fonts.
  • Improves reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays.
  • Resolves a VoiceOver issue when browsing some websites with Safari 5.

For the full list of improvements and updates, visit the Apple Support page for Mac OS X v10.6.5.

Thanks to .Neo for pointing this out on the forums!

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Improves performance for users bound to an Active Directory domain.

Anyone know if that refers to slow browsing of SMB shares for AD-bound Macs?

njlouch said,
No ex-fat?

That would be weird. Seeing as it shipped with some late 10.6.4 machines. I guess I'll see for myself when the combo update appears.

Someone actually complained about a version number?! You've got to be kidding. They're called "changelogs" for a reason: to LOG all the CHANGES made since shipping. You're on Neowin (of all places) and need an explanation for this?

virtorio said,
Not yet showing up in Software Update for me.

Try restarting your Mac. I have another Mac here that failed at showing the update until I did a restart. Alternatively you can download the update manually from apple.com/support.

Good luck!

.Neo said,
Alternatively you can download the update manually from apple.com/support.
Not yet. Still only 10.6.4. I'm waiting for the combo updater.

How is the software update available for anyone right now? I've been refreshing Software Update for the past 10 minutes and checking the Software Downloads page but there is no download link for the Mac OS X 10.6.5 software update.

Apple links to the update in some strange URL format with a pound symbol for 10.6.5, whereas in all of their previous releases the download links are formatted in a more organizational pattern. In other words, I can't seem to find a discreet link that points directly to the .dmg update package.

OS X 10.6.5:
http://support.apple.com/downloads/#macosx106 (???)

OS X 10.6.4:
http://support.apple.com/downl...US/MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.4.dmg

OS X 10.6.3:
http://support.apple.com/downl...acOSXUpdCombo10.6.3v1.1.dmg

OS X 10.6.2:
http://support.apple.com/downl...US/MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.2.dmg

Got it through Software Update. Like I stated below, try restarting your Mac or download the update manually when it's available at apple.com/support. Their support site most of the time lags behind Software Update, so give it some time.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Makes me think iOS 4.2 is just around the corner since this Mac OS was needed for AirPrint.
Looks like you haven't read the past news.

techbeck said,
So its just a bunch of fixes and improvements....why do they need a diff version number.

To identify it? So you know what update fixed what..

Chris said,

To identify it? So you know what update fixed what..

I know MS has SP1, SP2, SP3...but those normally have hundreds of bug fixes and enhancements and pile all the previous windows updates in to the service pack. But when they do patch tuesdays, they dont change the version number.

Was just a question....doesnt seem like enough updates to warrant a new version IMO

You really have to complain about everything don't you when it comes to Apple?

Microsoft uses one way to identify Windows installations with service packs installed, Apple a different one. Simple as that.

techbeck said,

I know MS has SP1, SP2, SP3...but those normally have hundreds of bug fixes and enhancements and pile all the previous windows updates in to the service pack. But when they do patch tuesdays, they dont change the version number.

Was just a question....doesnt seem like enough updates to warrant a new version IMO


I rather have Apple releasing smaller service updates or a regular basis, rather than one big one once every year or so.

techbeck said,
So its just a bunch of fixes and improvements....why do they need a diff version number.

Pretty much, just Microsoft releases updates without bumping the version number? Most other software I can think of always just packages up a new version when they need to fix something.

.Neo said,
You really have to complain about everything don't you when it comes to Apple?

Microsoft uses one way to identify Windows installations with service packs installed, Apple a different one. Simple as that.

And I mentioned that dude and explained my question better. Read before you reply and I wasnt complaining, I was asking a question. No one else seems to of had a problem with my question except for you and it was a valid question.

.Neo said,

I rather have Apple releasing smaller service updates or a regular basis, rather than one big one once every year or so.

MS released patches more often that Apple does and its just not in one big service pack once a year. They pile all the previous updates in a SP so you dont have to download then one at a time.

techbeck said,
And I mentioned that dude and explained my question better. Read before you reply and I wasnt complaining, I was asking a question. No one else seems to of had a problem with my question except for you and it was a valid question.

I read your post perfectly.

.Neo said,

I read your post perfectly.

Then obviously you didnt understand it. If all you are going to do is rag on me, then go someplace else. Its not productive or provides anything to this thread.

techbeck said,

MS released patches more often that Apple does and its just not in one big service pack once a year. They pile all the previous updates in a SP so you dont have to download then one at a time.


If there's something critical to fix, new drivers for hardware are required or security fixes, Apple will release a stand-alone package. Just like Microsoft. Once every so many months or so Apple releases a big service update with new fixes and the old ones bundled together, which are these service updates.

techbeck said,

Then obviously you didnt understand it. If all you are going to do is rag on me, then go someplace else. Its not productive or provides anything to this thread.


Try rephrasing your posts for a change so they sound a bit more positive, that way I will understand correctly.

.Neo said,

Try rephrasing your posts for a change so they sound a bit more positive.

Look, everyone else understood my post and answered maturely. So my post was phrased correctly and everyone else understood it. If you dont like what I post or think something I say is negative, who cares and that is your problem, not mine.

what +virtorio posted explained my question so thats all that matters.

Look, let's just move on okay?

I have no idea why people care so much about version numbers in the frist place. We have Google Chrome at 9 beta around a year after its initial release. While Internet Explorer is at version 9 after almost two decades. Obviously those numbers don't mean anything beyond recognition what you're dealing with per software product.

Apple has been using this version scheme since 2001. I see no reason why to change it.

techbeck said,
So its just a bunch of fixes and improvements....why do they need a diff version number.

Huh? Because it's a new version of OS X. Sometimes new versions of software only inc...

uh why do i even bother

techbeck said,
So its just a bunch of fixes and improvements....why do they need a diff version number.
Literally just facepalmed.

Northgrove said,

Huh? Because it's a new version of OS X. Sometimes new versions of software only inc...
uh why do i even bother

no duh its a new version. I asked what in the updates justifies the new version number as I did not understand Apples deal with their versions.

why do I bother.....

Literally just facepalmed.

Hope you hit yourself pretty hard...and thanks for providing nothing to this post but a troll remark

techbeck said,
So its just a bunch of fixes and improvements....why do they need a diff version number.

Yeah, it would really make much sense to name it 10.6, it wouldn't be confused at all. Do read how version numbers work before making such dumb statement or is today your first day of using a computer?

theh0g said,

Yeah, it would really make much sense to name it 10.6, it wouldn't be confused at all. Do read how version numbers work before making such dumb statement or is today your first day of using a computer?

Hey look!! Another troll!! Nice!!!

I can go in to every forum here and people are doing the same thing I am doing so stop being a troll. People ask questions, period, as they dont know everything. Apparently you do tho so maybe next time I will just PM you directly.

Thankfully there are still mature helpful people here that actually you know, answer questions without being rude about it.

techbeck said,
So its just a bunch of fixes and improvements....why do they need a diff version number.

Because thats what they do. MS does Service Packs, Apple does version numbers. Thats why.

Shadrack said,

Because thats what they do. MS does Service Packs, Apple does version numbers. Thats why.

Yes, I know...but MS doesnt do it when they release just a handful of updates/improvements or else there would be a new version every month. Why I asked the question about why this justifies a new version number as it just seems to ME a small update. Thats all. I looked at the wiki link that was posted so now I understand, why I asked a question, on how Apple defines version numbers.

thanks

techbeck said,

I know MS has SP1, SP2, SP3...but those normally have hundreds of bug fixes and enhancements and pile all the previous windows updates in to the service pack. But when they do patch tuesdays, they dont change the version number.

Was just a question....doesnt seem like enough updates to warrant a new version IMO

This is what caused most people to rage at you. Here's why:

* MS does patch Tuesday's, Apple does a similar release of software updates. I'm guessing you don't own a Mac so you wouldn't know. These updates aren't versioned either.
* You missed the link to "the full list of fixes and enhancements" which is similar in length to XP SP3 minus the bundled security updates. Apple doesn't include the previous X months of updates in 10.6.x release because the release is available via Apple Software Update not as a single file download anyway.

So basically you assumed this was the same thing as patch tuesday, despite it being a year between, and you assumed Apple didn't do software updates in between. It just seemed pretty ignorant and haterish.

ascendant123 said,

This is what caused most people to rage at you. Here's why:

* MS does patch Tuesday's, Apple does a similar release of software updates. I'm guessing you don't own a Mac so you wouldn't know. These updates aren't versioned either.
* You missed the link to "the full list of fixes and enhancements" which is similar in length to XP SP3 minus the bundled security updates. Apple doesn't include the previous X months of updates in 10.6.x release because the release is available via Apple Software Update not as a single file download anyway.

Thanks


So basically you assumed this was the same thing as patch tuesday, despite it being a year between, and you assumed Apple didn't do software updates in between. It just seemed pretty ignorant and haterish.

I didnt assume anything hence the reason why I posted the question in the first place. If I assumed, it wouldnt of been a question. I work on Macs but its mostly troubleshooting network issues or compatibility issues with our Windows network. So I am not real familiar with Apple's update process. Does that make me ignorant? I guess it does but again that is why I asked the question so I will know for next time.

And nothing in my post was haterish..and haterish is not a word. If you know anything about how I feel and say about Apple, then you would know a hateful post from me when you see it.

techbeck said,

I know MS has SP1, SP2, SP3...but those normally have hundreds of bug fixes and enhancements and pile all the previous windows updates in to the service pack. But when they do patch tuesdays, they dont change the version number.

Was just a question....doesnt seem like enough updates to warrant a new version IMO

I think they update the build number. Like Window 7 RTM: 6.1.7600.18365.090713-1255 Windows 7 SP1 Beta: 6.1.7601.16537

techbeck said,
Look, everyone else understood my post...

No, we didn't.

techbeck said,
So my post was phrased correctly and everyone else understood it.

No, you didn't. Again, no, we didn't.

techbeck said,
...and answered maturely.
...

If you dont like what I post or think something I say is negative, who cares and that is your problem, not mine.

You're lovely.

techbeck said,
So its just a bunch of fixes and improvements....why do they need a diff version number.

Well this is remotely (REMOTELY) similar to service packs on Windows.
(Which by the way also change version number)

GS:mac