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Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.7

Gordon Kelly


Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.7

Well, this is almost as exciting as if Snow Leopard had just launched... if Snow Leopard proves itself to be nothing more than a mildly useful array of performance tweaks and bug fixes (which it might).

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.5.7 and Leopard owners should be getting the update winged to them as we speak. If not choose Software Update from the Apple menu to manually go and get it. The size will vary from computer to computer (dare I say 'PC to PC' or hacked netbook to hacked netbook) depending on how up to date you keep your OS.

What does it do? Well, to please the completists amongst you here's the official list:


  • Includes latest security fixes.

  • Includes additional RAW image support for several third-party cameras.

  • Improves performance of video playback and cursor movements for recent Macs with NVIDIA graphics.

  • Resolves an issue with Dvorak keyboard layout in Mac OS X 10.5.6.

  • Improves the reliability and accuracy of Unit Converter, Stocks, Weather and Movies Dashboard widgets.

  • Addresses a situation that may cause issues when logging into Gmail.

  • Improves reliability when syncing contacts with Yahoo!.

  • Expansion Slot Utility for Mac Pro now reports the correct PCIe slot configuration.

  • Improves network performance when connected to certain Ethernet switches that have Flow Control enabled.

  • Improves stability for network home directories hosted by Mac OS X Server v10.4.

  • Improves Finder search results for network volumes that may not support Spotlight searching, such as Mac OS X Server v10.4, Time Capsule, and third-party AFP servers.

  • Includes several improvements to Directory Service and Client Management, which are described in the About Mac OS X Server 10.5.7 Update article.


  • Improves overall reliability with CalDav.

  • Improves reliability when automatically syncing with MobileMe.


  • Addresses reliability and sync issues with Notes.

  • Addresses an issue that may cause the BCC field to populate incorrectly when redirecting a message from the Sent mailbox.

Parental Controls

  • Improves consistency with Parental Controls and application restrictions.

  • Addresses an issue in which time limits may not work properly with full-screen games and Fast User Switching.


  • Resolves an issue that may cause certain third-party printers to print to the incorrect paper tray.

  • Non-admin user accounts can now be allowed to add and remove printers by enabling Parental Controls and selecting "Can administer printers".

  • Includes other printing reliability and stability improvements.
Thrilling no? No.

Heaven help me WWDC 2009 better bring something good...


Mac OS X 10.5.7 Support Page


May 13, 2009, 6:42 am

How boring could they possibly make this update, they must be scraping the barrel with new features for Snow Leopard..


May 13, 2009, 7:36 am

Apart from "About this Mac" showing 10.5.7 instead of 10.5.6, I haven't noticed any difference to my Mac's performance, apart from the placebo - my computer feels a bit faster - effect. As the article mentions, I hope Snow Leopard is more exciting then this :)


May 13, 2009, 1:58 pm

xenos you need to get real these updates are fixes, snow leopards features are about true multicore tasking and raw speed, I would sooner see an end to Mr Beachball then an update flashy new dock, beside Leopard already makes Vista look Armitage Shank.


May 13, 2009, 4:22 pm

@Pbr I'm not sure it will be. Apple have said from the start the SL is about making a platform for the future, leaner, faster, supporting multi-core. I'm not expecting lots of new features, but I am expecting my (modern) iMac to gain some performance edge.

I think we'll get treated to some new eye-candy though.

Kashif Bhatti

May 13, 2009, 7:28 pm

Its just an update - how exciting did you want it to be?


May 13, 2009, 10:15 pm

Ironduke, I would actually prefer to see a company the size of apple to be able to fix the beachball completely and bring some new features (not shinyness, FEATURES) to the table.

There just seems to be very little substance to the update. PS. Why the fanboy comment at the end? I have both..


May 13, 2009, 11:08 pm

@ Xenos, Because Vista Put those flashy things over Common Usage and made it a worse User experience then XP


May 14, 2009, 2:04 am


Can OS X 10.4 be upgraded to use flash and java somehow?


May 14, 2009, 4:22 am

Well this is why I have Windows 7 and XP on my main machine.

I don't disagree that Vista is a dogs dinner on a low end machine but Apple better be prepared for whats to come. Windows 7 is going to be mental, business are going to finally upgrade from XP and Vista users are going to be putting Windows 7 on their machines left right and centre, its just so much better.

Next I would like a decent mobile OS please Microsoft. Couldn't stomach buying an iPhone after finding out how much money Apple make out of every sale, its outrageous.


May 14, 2009, 12:57 pm


I can't see many companies in the current climate upgrading - it's unnecessary when XP does what they require. Plus the company needs to be doing VERY well to justify replacing a working environment with a brand new one that no one has any experience of.

It will take 2-3 years for most companies to even consider upgrading everything to Win7.


May 14, 2009, 10:08 pm

@Xenos: There just seems to be very little substance to the update. PS. Why the fanboy comment at the end? I have both..

When was the last time M$ came out with an update with lots of substance?, it's an update remember. At least Apple do include performance updates, my Vista machine still unzips files to the HD at about 5K a second.

Also whats with the Fanboy trump card, oh look somebody is saying something nice about Apple, must be a fanboy, I have both and Ironduke's comment seems fair. I personally think Vista isn't that bad either, it's just Apple just seem to know how to put that finishing touch to things.

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