Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.3 (Finally!)

Today Apple (finally) released the final version of Mac OS X 10.6.3. This is the third main revision to the Apple operating system, Snow Leopard. The update offers several hundred fixes implemented since the release of Mac OS X 10.6.2 in November 2009.

The 10.6.3 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

– improve the reliability and compatibility of QuickTime X
– address compatibility issues with OpenGL-based applications
– address an issue that causes background message colors to display incorrectly in Mail
– resolve an issue that prevented files with the # or & characters in their names from opening in Rosetta applications
– resolve an issue that prevented files from copying to Windows file servers
– improve performance of Logic Pro 9 and Main Stage 2 when running in 64-bit mode
– improve sleep and wake reliability when using Bonjour wake on demand
– address a color issue in iMovie with HD content
– improve printing reliability
– resolve issues with recurring events in iCal when connected to an Exchange server
– improve the reliability of 3rd party USB input devices
– fix glowing, stuck, or dark pixels when viewing video from the iMac (Late 2009) built-in iSight camera

The first two test builds of 10.6.3 were issued in January 2010 and the third through sixth builds were issued in February 2010. The seventh, eighth and ninth, and tenth builds were issued in March 2010 with the final 10.6.3 released today on March 29, 2010. This marked one of the longest test periods for an Apple operating system.

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