Mac OS X 10.6.7
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.7 to fix a variety of bugs in Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server. Most notably, it’s aimed at improving the reliability of Back to My Mac, resolving problems with transferring files to certain SMB servers, and addressing various minor Mac App Store bugs. If you’ve missed earlier updates to Mac OS X 10.6, they’re included as well, along with Safari 5.0.4 and the latest raw image compatibility updates.
Also included are security fixes for numerous system components, including AirPort, Apache, AppleScript, bzip2, Carbon, ClamAV, font handling, HFS, image handling, Installer, Kerberos, the kernel, Mailman, PHP, Quick Look, QuickTime, Ruby, Samba, Subversion, and Terminal.
Finally, a number of highly specific bugs are also fixed, including a window resizing issue with X-Plane 9 on Macs with ATI graphics, improved brightness on external displays and projectors, problems opening afp:// URLs, and more. See Apple’s release notes for the full list.
As usual, Mac OS X 10.6.7 comes in a variety of forms, including one specific to the recently released MacBook Pro. They include:
- Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update: 475 MB
- Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update for early 2011 MacBook Pro: 368.21 MB
Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update Combo: 1.12 GB
Mac OS X Server 10.6.7 Update: 541.21 MB
Mac OS X Server 10.6.7 Update Combo: 1.15 GB
Server Admin Tools 10.6.7: 241.32 MB
It’s probably most important to install this update for the security fixes, unless you’ve been troubled by one of the now-fixed bugs. That said, it may be worth waiting briefly to make sure the update doesn’t cause additional problems.
My first attempt to upgrade to 10.6.7 was not entirely successful. These notes may assist others who, like me, don't keep a "standard" system. Specifically I have iCal, Address Book and Mail on a second partition, not the same one as the system is installed on. This upgrade installs new versions of these three apps IN THE SYSTEM APPLICATIONS folder only, and furthermore what it installs seems to be only the modifications, not the complete apps, they won't run. What I had to do was move the earlier versions of those three apps to the System/Applications folder and re-run the upgrade. And then move the upgraded apps back to where I wanted them. So far they seem to be running flawlessly. So if you've had problems with this upgrade, consider if this might be the cause. (By SYSTEM I mean the partition or volume that MacOS X is installed on.)
Note that we're seeing reports of font rendering problems introduced in Mac OS X 10.6.7; see this article for more information.
Since I updated my MBP 13" (Mid 2009) to Mac OS X 10.6.7, the internal SD card reader has stopped working. PRAM reset, maintenance and re-applying the 10.6.7 Combo Update did not change that. I sent a bug report via iPhoto's feedback option.