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Apple Unleashes Snow Leopard 10.6.4 Update [Update: iTunes 9.2 Lands]

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Apple has just set loose a major/minor update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard bringing it up to v10.6.4.

I say 'major/minor' since the release can weigh in as heavily as 640MB for some users, but largely looks to fix a bug list so long it could make you wonder if anything working with the OS beforehand.

The biggest news is the bundling of Safari 5, the much anticipated and greatly improved new version of Apple's own web browser that brings a 30 per cent speed boost over v4. It also adds support for third party extensions as well as the controversial 'Safari Reader' tool which strips a multi-page web article of its ads and displays it in a new scrollable view "without any additional content or clutter" (pictured). Yes, we're thrilled - just keep using TrustedReviews Shopping and we'll still love you.

Elsewhere we're largely looking at making things "just work" to quote the company's favourite slogan, but if you spot anything particularly exciting do let us know and we'll post it.

Until then have fun (I use the term loosely) digging through this lot:

-improves compatibility with some Braille displays
-resolves an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
-resolves an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening
-addresses issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers
-improves reliability of VPN connections
-resolves a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing
-resolves an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view
-resolves an issue with Parental Controls Time Limits for Open Directory or Active Directory users
-resolves a display sleep issue with MacBook Pro (Early 2010) computers
-resolves an issue with MacBook Pro (Early 2010) computers in which the right speaker may sound louder -than the left speaker
-includes Safari 5.0; for more information about Safari 5.0, see this webpage
-Security improvements; for information about the security content of this update, please visit this article
-Fixes and improvements for Aperture 3
-adds tethered shooting support for additional digital camera models
-addresses IPTC metadata compatibility issues
-Fixes and improvements for external devices
-RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras
-resolves an issue with using third-party USB web cameras
-resolves an issue with noise when using some third-party FireWire audio devices
-resolves pairing issues with Apple remotes

In related news Apple has just released iTunes 9.2 - the version of iTunes which makes the love it/hate it software compatible with the iPhone 4. Other improvements include iPhone compatibility with iBooks 1.1, folder support for organising iPhone home screens in iTunes, faster back-up and improvements to the speed of scrolling in iTunes. Grab it here.

Link: Mac OS X Snow Leopard

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