Apple update fixes critical Snow Leopard bugs

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Apple has released a long-awaited update for its Snow Leopard (SL) operating system. According to Club Cupertino, Mac OS X 10.6.2 includes general operating system fixes that "enhance the stability, compatibility and security" of SL.

The company also asked users to back up their systems before loading the hefty update and cautioned against interrupting or interfering with the installation process.

Apple update fixes critical Snow Leopard bugs

In addition, Apple warned Hackintosh owners that "third-party system software modi?cations" could cause "unexpected results" during the upgrade.

?Finally, Club Cupertino published a comprehensive list of infamous SL bugs that were corrected in 10.6.2, such as (AirPort related) video playback and performance issues for two iMac models released in late 2009.

SL 10.6.2 fixes a number of other issues, including:
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System?

  • ?Possible data deletion when using a guest account.
  • Unexpected logouts.
  • Spotlight search results not showing Exchange contacts.
  • Shutter-click sound effect when taking a screenshot.
  • Four-finger swipe gesture.
  • Adding images to contacts in Address Book.
  • Sluggish or slow frame rates in Front Row.
  • Reliability and duration of VPN connections.
  • General reliability improvements for iWork, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut Studio, MobileMe and iDisk.

Fonts

  • Font spacing.
  • Missing fonts.
  • Duplicated fonts.
  • Malfunctioning PostScript Type 1 fonts.


Graphics

  • Issues connecting monitors to DVI and Mini DisplayPort adapters
  • Lost brightness settings on restart.
  • Functionality with specific display models.
  • General reliability and performance improvements when using some applications.

Mail:

  • A situation in which Mail's unread count may not update properly as messages are read on another computer.
  • An issue in which deleted RSS feeds may return.
  • Mail cannot preview or Quick Look attachments when composing a new message.
  • Address Book and/or Mail stop responding when opened.
  • Some email messages received from an Exchange Server are not formatted correctly.
  • Mail reports "Account exceeded bandwidth limits" for some Gmail accounts.

MobileMe:

  • ?Improves performance when accessing files from iDisk via the Finder and syncing iDisk files.
  • Syncing iDisk files does not proceed beyond "checking items."
  • Reliability and performance when syncing contacts, calendars, and bookmarks with MobileMe (syncing with iTunes and iSync are also improved).
  • An issue that prevents some users from logging into MobileMe via the MobileMe System Preference pane.

Network, printing and faxing:

  • ?Compatibility with third-party AFP servers.
  • File synchronization for portable home directories.
  • Automatic printer updates improvements.
  • Print dialog allowing you to enter and send to more than one fax recipient.

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