[Wednesday, May 28th]
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.5.3, a significant update that resolves many of the most pressing issues apparent in Mac OS X 10.5.2. The update is available via Software Update and the following download links:
- Mac OS X 10.5.3 Combo Update [536 MB] -- updates from any version of Mac OS X 10.5.x
- Mac OS X 10.5.3 Delta Update [420MB] -- only updates from Mac OS X 10.5.2
If you have problems after updating, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update procedure recommendation
- General principles.
- Leave all Apple-installed components where they are. Don't, for example, move Safari out of /Applications, or move your user Home folder.
- In System Preferences > Software Update, make certain that "Download important updates in the background" is not checked. If your computer has multiple users, do this for every user. It might also be wise to uncheck "Check for updates"; one user, the administrator, should then be responsible for checking manually for updates from time to time. (To do so, choose Apple > Software Update.)
- When an update is available in Software Update, do not press the Install button in the Software Update window. Instead, download any desired update packages individually and without actually performing the installation. Software Update allows you to do so, but this feature is not at all obvious, so here are instructions:
- Make sure there is a checkmark at the left of all and only the packages you want to download.
- Choose Update > Download Only. After performing the download(s), note the location, on your hard drive, of the downloaded material.
- Restart into Safe mode, by holding down the Shift key from the moment you hear the startup "bong" to the moment the "spinning gear" appears. Expect this startup to take longer than usual. Don't be alarmed if the fans whir loudly during the "spinning gear" display. Eventually you will be presented with the Safe Boot login screen. Log in as the administrator.
- Without launching any other applications, double-click one installer package and perform the installation. Do nothing else; just sit there and wait until the installation is complete.
- Repeat step 3 after every installation. Finally, restart normally. This, too, may take longer than usual, and you may experience a "double-restart." Be patient!
Problems after updating? Please let us know.
Fixes and changesGeneral
- Fixes a font issue that could result in Helvetica Narrow being used in applications instead of Helvetica.
- Addresses an issue with stuttering video and audio playback in certain USB devices.
- Resolves stability issues with Word of the Day, iTunes Artwork, and Slideshow screen savers.
- Fixes an issue in which certain attached hard drives may not show up in the Finder.
- Improves 802.1X behavior and reliability.
- Improves reliability when using Time Capsule. iChat
- Addresses reliability issues with screen sharing.
- Resolves an issue in which saved chat transcripts may reported as "still in use" after opening and closing them in iChat.
- Resolves an issue with group chats not being indexed in Spotlight.
- Only the last 250 messages of an active chat are saved. Fixed to save unlimited number of lines.
- Resolves an issue in which Mail may prevent idle sleep when set to automatically check for new messages every minute.
- Addresses stability issues that may be encountered when dragging large attachments into an email message.
- Fixes an issue that could occur if two compose windows are open when dragging a file to the Mail icon in the Dock.
- Addresses reliability issues with application logging and time limits.
- Resolves an issue in which Parental Controls may prevent forced sleep.
- Addresses performance issues with web content filters.
- Fixes an issue with managed accounts in which iChat transcripts may not be created.
- Addresses issues with 4-byte files and whitelist.
- Resolves an issue in which switching to a different space and returning back to the original space may reorder the application windows with a different active window.
- Resolves an issue in which activating an application from the Dock switches to a different space, even if there is a window for that application in the current space.
- Includes fixes for Time Machine compatibility with Time Capsule.
- Resolves certain issues when backing up a portable Mac that is on battery power.
- Addresses compatibility issues with Aperture 2.
- Addresses reliability issues when performing a full restore from a Time Machine backup.