Apple today released the next major update to OS X Leopard in the form of Mac OS X 10.5.6 and is now available via Software Update, or the Apple downloads page. It is a 377MB download, recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard.
Some of the notable changes and updates included in the release are:
- Contacts, calendars, and bookmarks on a Mac automatically sync within a minute of the change being made on the computer, another device, or the web at me.com. This should go a long way towards making MobileMe more usable.
- Improves reliability of Address Book & Airport.
- Adds a Trackpad System Preference pane for portable Macs.
- Improves Time Machine reliability with Time Capsule, and problems with locating backup volumes
- Includes fixes for possible graphics distortion issues with certain ATI graphics cards, and improvements for several graphics intensive apps (iChat, Cover Flow, Aperture, and iTunes).
- Several improvements to Mail to improve performance, junk filtering and handling of PDF attachments
- Networking enhancements for AT&T 3G cards and TCP connections
- Improved printing for users of Adobe CS3
As ever with updating to the latest software version, Apple recommends that you:
- Back up your computer prior to installing any updates.
- Quit any open applications before starting the installation.
- Do not interrupt the installation process.
They also note that you should take care with any third-party system software modifications installed, or if you have moved Apple applications from their default locations (the /Applications or /Applications/Utilities folders).
For full details and download instructions, see the official release page.
Do let us know how the update process goes!