It has been one week since Snow Leopard’s worldwide launch and, predictably, it appears Apple is already testing its first OS software update. According to a report by AppleInsider, the update has not yet made its way to Apple’s large community of paying developers — the […]


It has been one week since Snow Leopard’s worldwide launch and, predictably, it appears Apple is already testing its first OS software update. According to a report by AppleInsider, the update has not yet made its way to Apple’s large community of paying developers — the Apple Developer Connection member base — but instead is confined to a small and very select invitation-only group.

Exactly what the update includes is, at this point, entirely speculation. Since Snow Leopard hit the shelves, most of the incompatibility reports we’ve seen crop-up on the ‘net are mired in the muddy waters of third-party software and not Apple’s responsibility.

Apple’s official list of problematic apps remains concise. A far more exhaustive compatibility list is provided by the community-edited snowleopard.wikidot.com.

AppleInsider’s Kasper Jade mentions reports of problems with Snow Leopard’s built-in Cicso VPN technology and various complaints of system “bricking” and the spinning wheel of death.

Of course, every major operating system upgrade on every major platform introduces new problems while it resolves old ones. Despite exhaustive testing during development, it’s impossible to emulate every possible permutation of hardware and software configurations in the world. Therefore it’s something of a testament to the quality and craftsmanship of Snow Leopard that we’re not hearing of any (officially confirmed and reproducible) show-stoppers ‘in the wild.’ Sure, it’s early days yet, so anything can happen. But if the only updates we can expect from 10.6.1 include an upgrade for the Flash player plugin and some tweaks to Cisco’s VPN technology, Apple can pat itself on the back for a very big job very well done.

Feel free to add a comment below to tell me I’m completely wrong and explain in detail why Snow Leopard is a disaster because your ancient HP Laser Printer no longer works.

  1. WHAT? 10.6.1?!?! Next thing you’ll be telling me there’s a 10.6.2! Lordy lordy lordy.

  2. The annoying vertical lines in Top Sites could stand to get fixed…

    1. Amen to that.

  3. My 1993 HP Laserjet printer has an ethernet card, so I should be good when I upgrade.

  4. Bill Davenport Friday, September 4, 2009

    I installed SL successfully on a Macbook and have been enjoying the Exchange integration and overall performance improvements.

    However, with a different SL disk (family pack) my install on a home iMac (17 inch) went horribly awry. Install got about 15% through, then brought up an error message (contents of the disk can’t be changed), then brought me to SL bootup type screen with disk utilities. Ran Disk utilities, said the hard drive couldn’t be verified or repaired. So now I’ve got to figure out next steps and there’s quite a few other people reporting issues like this.


    Bottom line is I was working fine with a Leopard machine pre-install and now this one machine is currently hosed.

  5. [...] Seems I spoke too soon. TidBITS reports that some users who upgraded to Snow Leopard, Apple’s latest incarnation of its [...]

  6. (Almost) Everything seems fine. Well worth the nominal upgrade price. However, my Apple Remote has picked up a distressing behavior: It opens iTunes when I hit pause in VLC.

    1. Yep, the Apple Remote is completely tied to iTunes now which is really, really pissing me off as I use VLC to watch video.

  7. leave it to the endangered species to need an update already:


  8. Killing AppleTalk and not sharing the “news” ahead of time is another Apple way to tell you that they do not care of back compatibility. There are significant issues in 10.6 with printing.

  9. my hp printer still doesnt work, yes new problems always arise from old solutions but i just thought it was very unbecoming of apple. i wouldnt of cared getting it a week or two later @ 10.6.1 already, and i dont understand how apple could let a third party company taint there image, very unbecoming

  10. I recomend that Graphic Designers and artist should not update to Leopard because a lot of programs are not working properly and will make you go back to 10.5

    If you really desperate to try Leopard then you should create additional partition and install leopard seperate so you can always use Startup Disk utility if something goes wrong to go back.

    For me Photoshop and a lot of other programs are not working well (slow and crashing) so I had to go back to previews OS version. This is always like that with Apple new OS versions.

    1. I use Photoshop CS4, Illustrator, and In Design 8 hours a day. I’ve had not a single crash or slow performance issue. If anything I’ve found it to be faster. I love the extra space I’ve gotten on the drive and the faster shut down and start up speed.

    2. I agree,
      I now have to roll back to 10.5 because it simply not possible to calibrate my eizo screens anymore. Its just looks too cold and pale somehow. I can see on apple’s discussions forums many people experience the same issues I have. Its extremely annoying that apple cant figure this out for such a long time now.. its a shame.
      Now I have a problem: I didn’t backup before i did the upgrade. Dont ask why, I know its stupid. I believed that its not necessary as I didnt have any issues to upgrade to 10.5 from 10.4..
      So is there way to downgrade to 10.5 and restore my settings and files etc from time machine backup if i’ll make one now? will it work?
      I just installed 10.5 on another hd and was not able to transfer files & settings as target system was newer..
      Any help would do a lot to me:-)

    3. CS4 and Snow Leopard apparently are not fully compatible. I wasted a good part of a day with numerous crashes in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, reading forums, looking for updates, etc. Went back to working on 10.5 on an external disk until Adobe/Apple get things straightened out. My work flow is more important than struggling with compatibility problems.


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