Monthly Archives: June 2007

10.4.10 Update Released

Delta and Combo updates for Intel, PowerPC, Consumer & Server versions of Tiger range in size from 58MB for the Server-PPC Delta Update to 391MB for the Universal Server Combo Update. Consumer updates range in size from 72MB for the Intel Delta update, to 293MB for the Intel Combo version.

Generally, rather than applying the Delta Update via Software Update, we always recommend downloading the Combo Update from Apple’s web site….. the various versions, Server/Consumer and Intel/PPC/Universal, are each linked below.

And here are Apple’s release notes for 10.4.10:

What’s included?

The following improvements apply to both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs unless otherwise noted:

Bluetooth
Addresses an issue in which a Bluetooth headset may show up as an available device for sound output in the Sound preference pane after it had been removed from Bluetooth preferences. Read more

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ZFS in Leopard

The original “leak” occurred this morning when Sun CEO Jon Schwartz mentioned in front of a corporate media event for Sun’s latest blade servers that Apple will be announcing at next week’s WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) that ZFS will be Leopard’s default file system.

The news spread across the grapevine like wildfire, coming close on the heels of similar rumors which rumor-mongers have been analyzing since last week.

Thus far we have been able to get clear-cut confirmation from at least three separate, well-established sources in Cupertino and fairly confident confirmations from several third party developers who are privvy to the “mainstream” build of Leopard which includes many features not included with developer seeds to date.

The “mainstream” build will be merged into the developer-test variant as of the WWDC Developer Preview 2 release (last year’s WWDC brought DP1 and there have been over 20 major seeds plus countless minor ones since then) and only a handful of features, if any, will remain secret after that according to the latest source reports out of Infinite Loop. Read more

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Updated Macbook Pro!

The new Pro laptops sport Core 2 Duo Mobile processors at 2.2 and 2.4GHz, faster Front Side Bus (800MHz), 802.11n wireless networking, power-efficient LED display backlighting, and the new nVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT mobile graphics system.

All in all, an excellent and long-awaited upgrade but not quite dramatic enough to make owners of previous Macbooks feel behind — even the latest 2.4GHz MBP is only modestly faster than the original Macbook/Pro models in most operations with the exception of FSB bandwidth (~10-12%), wireless networking (50-125%) and graphics performance (35-60%).

Display sizes remain 15 and 17 inches with 1440×900 and 1680×1050 pixels respectively.

The actual panels are not significantly different from previous models, according to internal technical documents provided to Rumors in the days leading up to this revision — but have merely had their backlights switched out for LED models which are “Greener” and offer substantially better energy performance. Read more

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New 10.4.10 builds


According to reliable sources in Cupertino, many of the projects that will be rolled into 10.4.10 were planned for Leopard but are needed to support products that will now be shipping before Leopard is expected to roll out.New components include improved ATi and nVIDIA graphics drivers for existing products, a new driver for the forthcoming ATi Radeon HD 2900XT series cards that will be introduced to the Mac Pro soon….updated networking code….security tweaks, an updated Java Runtime, and substantial improvements to Core Audio.

The aforementioned Core Audio changes are partially to support new Macs which are expected to ship in the next few months — while also rumored to support a new Apple accessory device similar to the long-rumored “Asteroid” Audio I/O accessory over which Apple sued several Rumor sites hoping to supress related reports. Read more

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