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Apple Speeds up Mac OS X Snow Leopard with 10.6.3 Update

Now that the snow on the ground last time Apple updated Mac OS X in November has finally begun to melt (if you’re somewhere Northerly, anyway), Apple has finally gotten around to releasing yet another Snow Leopard update. Version 1.6.3 brings a number of updates to speed, security and compatability for OS X users.

What will it do, exactly? Glad you asked. According to Apple, the 1.6.3 update will:

  • 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

Full information on the exact security fixes can be found on another Apple support document. The full update weighs in at a whopping 719MB.