Apple Refreshes Mac OS X With 10.5.8 Update

Addressing a considerable count of compatibility issues as well as security flaws in its signature Mac OS X, Apple has unveiled the latest update for its OS with a new version, dubbed as “Mac OS X 10.5.8”.

Of its prominent changes are better history search in Safari 4 web browser, improved Airport wireless networking, along with patches for troubles relating to importing large-sized image and movie files from digital cameras.

The new update further revs up reliability in certain key areas, including Bluetooth, Display System Preferences, MobileMe, syncing capabilities, as well as addressed the agonising issue of mice getting periodically disconnected.

The update has plugged as many as 18 security holes, associated with applications like MobileMe, where a sign out might not completely removed all credentials of the user, and with notebooks sporting multi-touch trackpads, where four-fingers gesture can be employed to attain access to a seemingly locked machine.

Other changes that have been introduced with the recent update, include notable improvements in iDisk, iCal, MobileMe, AFP, Sync Service reliability, Managed Client; in addition to enhanced support for Raw pictures taken using third-party cameras and better compatibility of USB devices.

The update is recommended for all Leopard users, and is available through Apple’s support download page in both combo updates and incremental packages, along with Mac OS X’s Software Update.

Our Comments

This is a well timed update which is probably the last one before Microsoft launches Windows 7 in October. The updates are minor but it is actually the security ones that are likely to attract the most attention. Not many new features but enough to keep Apple's Mac OS X clock ticking.

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