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

Gordon Kelly


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

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


June 17, 2010, 5:59 am

For those running Hackintoshes (like me) the update solved an annoying problem with usb devices not responding when resuming from sleep. I don't think this will be on the list of official fixes (maybe under a different name). Was a 641MB download for me - from initial reports doesn't seem to have done much for people's frame-rates, but Apple are working on this (allegedly):



June 17, 2010, 3:44 pm

How come Apple are allowed to bundle Safari with an update (and pre-installed on new computers)when Microsoft aren't? Even if it has a smaller market share surely it is still anti-competitive?


June 17, 2010, 4:23 pm

Apple doesn't have a monopoly the way MS does, as such the same rules do not apply.

As has been stated numerous times...


June 17, 2010, 7:23 pm


Actually Microsoft are, IE7 & IE8 were deployed using Windows update and no doubt IE9 will be as well. That and as Soliber says, when you have 90+% of a market, the monopoly people take a good look at your business practices (with good reason).


June 17, 2010, 10:29 pm

iTunes 9.2 is broken with OSX 10.6.4 and iPod Classics (I'm not sure about the others models) as it cannot be synced. Just thought I'd let any Mac users out there know.


June 17, 2010, 11:12 pm

I think the biggest thing is the fact they still aren't supporting TRIM!


June 18, 2010, 12:53 am

IE is set up to MSN as the default homepage, and Bing as the default search. This is more competitive than Apple, who use someone else's search and just send you to apple.com.

Lordy, I hate the MSN homepage. It's inane biased badly-written chatter, just a vehicle to serve ads. I want to brainwashed with ads while viewing QUALITY content, thank-you very much.


June 18, 2010, 5:20 am

I like the way this article was written. I've always been amused at the irony of Apple saying their computers "just work" and then they release updates that fix 10 times the number of bugs Windows Updates do. If (when) Apple get a decent market share I wonder how well their OS will stand up to a decent amount of users properly pushing it. For simple tasks it may be easier to use than Windows, but I doubt it's got the scope and reliability Windows has now achieved with Windows 7. Obviously I'm biased having used Windows for years and only rarely Macs.

640 MB!! Sounds like a complete update, not a mere patch or two.

That full page view in Safari sounds useful, but indeed it's something a lot of websites aren't going to like. Still you can get an extension for Firefox that does the same, so it's nothing new.


June 20, 2010, 7:48 pm


Carlos 1

July 21, 2010, 2:10 am

Nothing ironic about the idea that macs 'just work' - because they do. Just because there are updates doesn't mean they don't. Updating, patching, 'fixing' software functionality is an ongoing process, it's the nature of the beast, for everyone in the business. Something 'Windows' users should be very familiar with! As for Windows 7 being a Microsoft OS which has 'reliability', I shall try to resist the temptation to say 'it's about time', oops, couldn't help myself!

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