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Tuesday, 01 April 2008 11:20

Mac OS X 10.5.3 reaches developers

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Apple has seeded Mac OS X 10.5.3 9d10 to developers, embodying over 70 fixes from the current version.

This is the first 10.5.3 build to be circulated to developers. Developer releases serve a dual purpose: they give the new version of the operating system a more extensive workout than Apple could realistically achieve internally, and they give software builders a chance to check their applications still work correctly (and in some cases, an opportunity to take advantage of any new features).

It appears the update is wide ranging. AppleInsider reports changes have been made to Core Animation (memory leaks), Dashboard, Dock, iCal (memory leaks, alarms and syncing) Installer, Mail (alarms), Preview (PDF handling), Spaces, Spotlight (indexing) and Stacks.

What are you hoping to see fixed? 10.5.2 seems to me to be a little less stable than other recent versions, with individual programs - not always those supplied by Apple - unexpectedly quitting more often than I came to expect with 10.5.0 and 10.5.1.

(Guess what? Safari fell over just after I wrote that sentence. At least "Reopen All Windows From Last Session" recovered most of the pages I was looking at.)

It seems some people are still struggling with wireless networking issues under 10.5.2, and I've heard of a few problems with syncing.

Why not post a comment describing your number one draft pick for the 10.5.3 team?

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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