Mac OS X 10.0.4 is now available via Software Update. For the geeky among you Mac fans, the build number for this release is 4Q12. Several improvements to OS X appear to have been made in this release.
Apple’s OS X website claims the following improvements:
- USB improvements
- Additional support for iTunes CD Burning
- Improved battery life for PowerBook G3 users
- Improved Classic
- OpenSSH upgrade
- sudo upgrade
- Support for the new 17″ flat panel display
In the few short minutes that I’ve worked with the update, I can report that OpenSSH (a tool that I use day in and day out) has been upgraded to version 2.9p1. Darwin, the underlaying UNIX kernel and BSD based system, has been upgraded to version 1.3.7. Window minimizing (the genie effect) and some other graphics operations seem to be slightly improved, though window resizing is still not anywhere approaching smooth on my PowerBook G4.
Digging through my file system (it seems that most of the components in this update were built on June 8th and 9th) and the installation package, it looks like we also have improvements to the various video drivers (both ATI and NVidia based), PPP (including PPPoE), AppleShare, Printing, several of the core frameworks (Carbon, CoreFoundation), and the Installation Framework. Tantalizingly, it looks like some files that are related to DVD playback and recording have been updated with 10.0.4. But, there is still no DVD player and inserting a DVD only mounts the disc onto my desktop and no more.
Of course, take this “unofficial list” as just that: “unofficial”. It’s the result of my poking around in the system to see what seems to have changed. Your mileage may vary.
Bottom line: This looks to be another in a series of updates to address the various issues OS X. I’m happy to see Apple continue to ship updates as they can even as they work to give us 10.1 later this summer.
What have your experiences so far with build 4Q12 (10.0.4) been?