Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.5, AirPrint Not Found?

As correctly rumored yesterday, Apple today released Mac OS X 10.6.5, the fifth maintenance update for Snow Leopard. The update is available via Software Update on a Mac and offers many fixes since the last release of OS X 10.6.4 in June 2010.

As noted by the software update, 10.6.5 includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security, including fixes that:

– improve reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers
– address performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture
– address stability and performance of graphics applications and games
– resolve a delay between print jobs
– address a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme
– resolve an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal
– address an issue where dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide
– resolve an issue with Wikipedia information not displaying correctly in Dictionary
– improve performance of MainStage on certain Mac systems
– resolve spacing issues with OpenType fonts
– improve reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays
– resolve a VoiceOver issue when browsing some web sites with Safari 5

As noted previously, users looking to use AirPrint functionality with their iPhone or iPad will need to have 10.6.5 installed. However, oddly enough, there is no mention of AirPrint in the above change log.

Moreover, it seems that Apple has removed AirPrint from OS X 10.6.5, as the functionality is not present in the current release but was available in previous 10.6.5 beta builds. There are also user reports indicating that AirPrint to shared printers on PC/Mac from the GM seed of iOS 4.2 is not working.

Based on this, it is unknown if Apple will release an AirPrint specific update soon for OS X 10.6.5 such as before this Friday, which is the rumored release date for iOS 4.2. It is also possible that the full iOS 4.2 release, as opposed to the GM seed, may enable AirPrint shared printing on OS X 10.6.5. In either case, we’ll see by Friday.

Based on previous rumors, today should also see the release of iTunes 10.1 with iOS 4.2 available for iDevices this Friday.