Mac OS X 10.5.3 about to hit

Mac OS X 10.5.3 about to hit

According to numerous reports the next update to Leopard 10.5.3 could be released very soon. The latest build 9D34 released late last week has one new fix and no known issues left according to developers familiar with the release. Apple have been working on the update sine the release of 10.5.2 in February.

While the 10.5.2 fixed many issues with the original release in October last year many still remained. In particular a graphics glitch afflicting MacBook Pro users. According to seed notes (listed below) the 10.5.3 update should address some of these issues.

Some points of interest from the seed notes are improvements to Back To My Mac and Time Machine (and the ability to have Time Machine run while not connected to mains power). There’s also plenty of mentions of graphics fixes plus some system specific enhancements like ‘Fixed Sleep issue with MBA’.

With only 2 weeks left to WWDC and a shrinking number of issues left to address  chances are high that Apple will make the 10.5.3 release available very soon. If the 10.5.2 update is any comparison expect 10.5.3 to weigh in at over 300MB and be available.

Additional release notes are posted below (thanks to worldofapple.com)

Focus Areas

  • Audio Applications

  • Video Applications
  • 802.1X
  • Active Directory/Directory Services
  • AirPort
  • Back To My Mac
  • Graphics
  • Installer
  • Mail
  • Spaces
  • Time Machine

Areas of Change

New issues fixed in this seed:

  • Kernel performance fix

Issues fixed in previous seeds:

  • eapolclient now in the ACL for password items that belong to an 802.1X profile

  • Fixed authentication to the wireless certificate crash
  • Graphics driver performance fix
  • Fixed System Preference and Screen and File Sharing issue
  • Fixed multiple application code signatures issue
  • Fixed Parental Controls and Active Directory compatibility issue
  • Fixed 802.1X Login Window authentication issue
  • Fixed Network pref pane issue with 802.1X
  • Fixed problem with iSyncSession and Sync Services Engine
  • Issue with NSAnimation resolved
  • Save button now works correctly with Diretory.app
  • Fix to ABFrameworkBundle and WhitePagesFramework
  • Fixed issue with server certificate and Network pref pane
  • Fix to DSPasswordServerPlugin
  • Fix issue with network_seqwrite_manager and WebDAV FS
  • Fix to Apple File Server and processor cycles
  • Non-admin users and re-joining accounts issue resolved
  • Fix to Directory Server
  • Fixed issue with PrintingPlugins
  • Fixed problem with Mobile Account login pane and MCX Client
  • Fixed issue with PrintingPlugins
  • Issue with WebDAV FS and network_seqwrite_manager resolved
  • Code signature issue with Package Data fixed
  • Fixed issue with AFP Server and AppleFileService
  • Fix to Network pref pane and certification-base authentication
  • MCX Client fix to ManagedClient
  • Adding printer via Bonjour with CUPS driver fixed
  • Fixed binding issue with AD DS Plug-in
  • Fixed issue with hot spots and static text
  • 802.1x Login Window profile can now be deleted
  • Fixed hanging issue with AFP Server
  • Fix to AirPort 802.1X
  • Fix to Address Book and LDAP search results
  • Fix to mDNSResponder
  • Mail Message List and Unread Column now works correctly
  • Issue with Safari bookmarks and .Mac Mail account resolved
  • Resolved issue with Mac Buddy and AirPort connection
  • Fixed leak issue with Finder accessibility windows
  • Issue with mounted Boot Camp volumes fixed
  • Ping6 and Back to My Mac now works correctly
  • Fixed crashing issue with Network pref pane
  • Fixed issue with Finder and sequential write operations
  • 802.1x Login Window profile can now be deleted
  • Issue with Safari bookmarks and .Mac Mail account resolved
  • Fixed leak issue with Finder accessibility windows
  • Issue with mounted Boot Camp volumes fixed
  • Fixed problem with Mobile Account login pane and MCX Client
  • Fix to mDNSResponder
  • Fix to AFP Server
  • Fix to VoiceOver and static text
  • Network Preference no longer crashes when enabling System Mode
  • Fix to MCX Client
  • Fixed key type issue with checkoldprefs
  • Kernel panic issue with cluster_write and File Systems fixed
  • Fixed System Profile problem with Network pref pane
  • FileSync issue with common external accounts resolved
  • Fixed localization issue with Image Settings
  • Joining AirPort network after wake issue resolved
  • Fixed incorrect dating issue with Podcast Capture
  • Directory.app problem with creating shared contacts with duplicate first names resolved
  • Fixed Finder window issue with HLTB Windows
  • Fixed clipping issue with CD or DVD sharing
  • VPN no longer has to be reset when updating to a 9Dxx build
  • Fix to password validation issue with Address Book Application
  • Fixed delayed shutdown problem with kdcmond
  • Joining AirPort network after wake issue resolved
  • Issue with ImageCapture and downloading from multiple cards fixed
  • Fixed issue with streaming errors
  • Fixed AirPort preference issue with computer to computer networks
  • iCal localization issue with General prefs fixes
  • Set Affinity now displays correctly in File Management Pane
  • Memory cache leak fixed
  • Fix to CoreGraphics and DVD Player
  • Fixed issue with servermgr_web_crash
  • Fix to BootCacheControl
  • Fix to CoreGraphics and Spaces utility windows
  • Issue with Muted Volume UI resolved
  • Fixed issue with Mail and displaying old email messages
  • Fixed overlap button problem with selecting target disk
  • Printing PDF from Preview fixed
  • Fixed hanging issue with Directory Services and large group numbers
  • Fix to NSURLConnection
  • Fixed video corruption issue with 30″ displays
  • Fixed issue with IconsStorage and Remote Disc icons
  • FileSync issue with common external accounts fixed
  • Binding issue with Active Directory resolved
  • Fixed extension issue with ImageCapture
  • Mail log issue with CFNetwork fixed
  • Fixed Command key problem with Dvorak layout
  • AD issue with unresolved value for owner/contact fixed
  • Fixed LoginWindow issue with Bezel brightness buttons
  • NTLM authorization issue fixed
  • Fixed issue with Spaces preferences
  • Fixed issue with Spaces and keyboard navigation
  • Fixed overlap problem with .Mac pane
  • Fix to QT Pixlet
  • Libinfo and getgrouplist issue fixed
  • Fixed issue with Mail RSS and invalid feeds
  • Fixed issue where certain systems may not shut down or restart properly
  • Smartcard hang issue fixed
  • Confirming auto-activation dialog now works correctly
  • Fixed issue with Time Machine backups
  • Fix to CoreGraphics and system-modal dialogs
  • Fixed group membership publishing issue with Directory.app
  • Leak issue with NSTask objects
  • Issue with ImageCapture and downloading from multiple cards fixed
  • Fixed issue with checkoldprefs
  • Fix to new_vnode
  • Fix to HLTB Windows
  • Muted Volume UI issue resolved
  • system_cmds fix to postinstall
  • Integer overflow issue with precincts fixed
  • Performing an authenticated bind now works correctly
  • MCX Client and workgroup settings
  • Fix to AirPort airportd
  • Selectable options now work correctly in Screen Saver pane
  • Fixed issue with Spaces where two windows may be brought to the front
  • “Alternate number†hot keys now work with Spaces pref pane
  • Fixed transition issue with .Mac pref pane
  • Fixed issue with Kerberos authentication
  • Fixed option issue with Network Setup Assistant
  • Issue with Daimon memory footprint and Directory Services fixed
  • First time activation of Spaces and hot keys now work correctly
  • AFP Server and share points
  • Fixed issue with makequeues and Printing
  • Issue with Aperture and Printer Settings resolved
  • Managed Client and smart card login issue fixed
  • HLTB Events issue with opening document from Finder resolved
  • Automator Find Mail Items now works correctly
  • Time Machine backupd and new AFP backups
  • Issue with password auto retrieve and AirPort 802.1X fixed
  • Fixed issue with Spaces preferences
  • NSConnection now notifies ports when a thread exits
  • CUPS “-P†option for the “lp†command now works correctly
  • Graphics corruption issue resolved
  • Issue where Mail messages may not display correctly fixed
  • Layering issue with Spaces fixed
  • launchd and FCS2 restart now works properly
  • KerberosHelper now finds ticket from managed realm
  • Fix to CoreFoundation and Xcode run log
  • Fixed Automator Action with To CC and BCC fields
  • Fix to Comms SW and Ethernet Adaptor
  • Fixed Sleep issue with MBA
  • Resolved issue with AppleUSBEthernet plist
  • Fixed communication issue with Back to My Mac and .Mac servers
  • Resolved AirPort connection issue
  • DashboardClient processes now work correctly after .Mac syncing
  • Adding a Mobile account and Portable Home Directories issue fixed
  • Text-to-Speech and Japanese text
  • Dashboard sync and placement of widgets with different screen resolutions
  • Web Content Filter and Parental Controls
  • iCal Synchronization and adding Task with Attendee no longer gives an incorrect error
  • twisted.mail.module now installed with Python 2.5
  • ImageIO fix
  • Fixed issue with Go to Folder and Finder
  • Date arithmetic now gives correct results
  • AppleScript 2.0 and formUniqueID fix
  • NTLM auth and CFURLauthentication working correctly
  • Text-to-Speech and Hysterical voice no longer causes hang
  • Minimizing a window with a negative size no longer causes Dock to hang
  • When Dock hiding is enabled activating Spaces while a Stack is open now works correctly
  • AD DS Plug-in and Domain Controllers issue fixed
  • Issue were running apps make display incorrectly in the Dock fixed
  • Exiting Front Row with the remote control menu button works correctly
  • Fixed memory leak issue with CoreAnimation
  • Network pref pane now lists domain options correctly
  • Folder permissions with archive and install fixed
  • iCal now presents previously used alarms when creating a new event
  • Calling lockFocus on NSImage in secondary thread no longer causes crash
  • Selecting login items for mobile accounts no longer freezes preferences
  • Fixed issue with Installer App
  • Printer Proxy now integrates with the Apple Help system
  • SpotlightIndex and issue with rebooting fixed
  • Binding client to a directory no longer creates multiple copies
  • NSString isEqual now works correctly
  • Mobile Account group MCX settings now preserved when offline
  • iCal no longer sets all-day exception date to local time
  • Fixed iCal syncing issue with recurring events
  • Printer Proxy and language display issue resolved
  • Fixed memory leak issue with iCal
  • Error getting external address 3 with mDNSResponder fixed
  • Fix to CoreImage and NSBitmapImageRep
  • Issue where FireWire camera may block FireWire device recognition resolved
  • CATransaction no longer crashes when committing in layoutSublayersOfLayer
  • Fixed ToDo due date time zone issue in iCal
  • Disk Utility Repair Permissions progress bar now behaves correctly
  • Issue with NSView and opening & closing windows with GC on fixed
  • Layer-backed view printing now works correctly
  • URLMount fixed
  • NSBrowser now works with NSTreeController with countKeyPath set
  • Spotlight search on server shares now return correct results
  • Fixed issue with printing PDFs from Preview app.
  • AFP X Client now creates folders with correct privileges
  • Issue with infinite loop and NSCoding fixed
  • Venezuela time zone issue fixed
  • Debug bild of DVDPlayback.framework now allows running in gdb
  • ICADownloadFile now works correctly
  • HLTB DataBrowser: Scrolling in languages issue fixed
  • IKPictureTaker no longer crashes when garbage Collection is enabled
  • CISunbeemsGenerator no longer crashes when Garbage Collection is enabled
  • Fix to CoreAnimation
  • MCX Client setting fixed
  • Mail no longer deletes or adds Alarms on a Task when Alarm is changed on a Task
  • CIFilter objects no longer lead to crash when released
  • When checking domains multiple times CFPreferences now checks correctly
  • fsck_hfs now handles file hard links properly
  • Pax archives now extracted correctly into File Systems
  • BSD Kernel and unbuffered i/o no longer hangs
  • Fix to Type 1 Scaler
  • Fix to 802.1x authentication
  • Saving an Automator Workflow now saves correctly when right-clicking from menu
  • Searching for files by date with Automator Action now behaves correctly
  • Fix to ‘New iCal Event’ Automator Action
  • Fix to ‘Get Selected Finder Items’ Automator Action
  • Password authentication and Mail POP fix
  • Mail IMAP and change to IP address issue fixed
  • NSGraphicsContext printing problem fixed
  • Fix to dynamic menu issue with HLTB Menus
  • Mail message list no longer shrinks after search
  • Fixed issue with recently used fonts and NSFontPanel
  • AppleScript Automator Action now saved correctly