Apple has released OS X 10.5.3 through Software Update and as a Combo Update. Details about the update are included in this knowledge base article while the security fixes are listed in the security bulletin. I’ve updated my three Macs (MacBook, iMac and Mac Mini) without serious incident So far just a few minor anomalies. All use Intel processors.
The update naturally requires a reboot. This was a double-reboot which is common enough now that my heart no longer stops. Each reboot took much longer than normal and the desktop took much longer to completely appear after the first logon. Subsequent reboots were back to normal.
On two of my Macs there was also a RAW Camera update for Aperture. I decided to apply this update first (no reboot required). After applying this update Software Update refreshed and the OS X 10.5.3 update jumped from a 198MB download to a 420MB download. So if you’re concerned about the download size be sure to apply 10.5.3 first or both at the same time.
After applying the update on my iMac the button configuration for my Mighty Mouse was reset to the defaults so I had to go into preferences and reset them. I’ve had to do this after other updates.
Another problem that’s occurred with previous updates is that the first .Mac sync after the update causes several iCal conflicts. The appointments are fine and the problem hasn’t returned or occurred with my other Mac. The appointments affected are recurring appointments that go back several years.
That’s the extent of my problems so far, but the update is fresh and I haven’t done a lot or run a lot of apps yet. So far I’ve just run iTunes and Parallels, but no problems so far. Only time will tell.
I’d been having some minor problems on my MacBook since I upgrade it to OS X 10.5.2 that seemed related to .Mac syncing with my OS X 10.5.1 iMac. So rather than waiting for the weekend to upgrade my primary machine I decided to do it tonight.
The problems I was having were minor but annoying. I had to turn of .Mac syncing of the Dock because the two updated Dock items, Documents and Downloads, always displayed conflict errors. The second problem may not be related to the upgrade since it didn’t occur at first. I could no longer logon to my Windows Home Server shares through the keychain. I had to delete the item from the keychain then I could logon. Even saving a successful logon to the keychain would fail the next time.
I updated my SuperDuper backup and booted off that disk to verify it was usable and then started the update. The update went along as it did for my MacBook update. The only difference was I got the iLife ’08 update at the same time I got OS X 10.5.2. After the reboot I got the Leopard Graphics Update. The installation of the updates went fine.
The upgrade of my iMac wasn’t quit as smooth as the MacBook but it wasn’t too bad. The problems I had were related to .Mac syncing. I kept getting the following errors when iDisk synced:
I keep a copy of my iDisk locally so I turned off iDisk syncing (in .mac preferences) which deleted the local iDisk on my iMac. (It makes a copy on the desktop.) Then I turned on iDisk syncing again. It recreated the local iDisk and all was fine after that.
Once the keychains on both my iMac and MacBook synced the problem logging onto my home server also went away. The Windows Home Server shares would then be automatically mapped during logon using the password in the keychain.
The bottom line – multiple Macs that sync over .Mac should be upgraded at the same time or syncing should be turned off.
While I didn’t experience the problems, there’s been reports or problems between OS X 10.5.1 and LinoType Font Explorer, problems with the Leopard Graphics Update, and a list of additional issues.
Apple released a graphics update in conjunction with OS X 10.5.2 which is required for the graphics update. Apple describes the update as “Leopard Graphics Update is recommended for all users and improves the stability and compatibility of your Mac. This update requires Mac OS X 10.5.2.”
Not a lot in the way of details. A restart is needed and it was a 43MB download through Software Update on my Intel MacBook. It’s also available as a 48MB standalone update.
I installed the update on my Intel MacBook. Like the 10.5.2 update my local iDisk displayed a quick compression popup after the reboot. The pop-up hasn’t appeared on subsequent reboots.
The updates continue with Apple releasing OS X 10.5.2 onMonday. The release notes are here and the security updates are described here. I installed it on my MacBook a short while ago and had a few minor issues.
The update itself went fine. It’s a 180MB download through Software Update on my Intel MacBook. The install requires a reboot and like the 10.5.1 update the system can’t be used while the update is being applied and a restart is required. The install took about 5 minutes (not including download time) and there was a single reboot. There was a long minute or two where the progress bar didn’t move.
The minor issues came up with .Mac. During the first sync I was told there were 15 conflicts in my iCal. All the conflicts were old recurring appointment. The immediate sync after that flagged 14 conflicts, all of which appeared to be in the first batch. The third sync was just fine. All the conflicting appointments were full-day appointments.
Shortly after the startup I received the following message which cleared within a minute.
I keep my iDisk local on my Macs so it was compacting it after the reboot. I haven’t re-sized iDisk in Months. The updates to iCal include recurring appointments and .Mac sync:
Improves iCal so that it accurately reflects responses to recurring meetings.
Addresses stability issues related to .Mac syncing of iCal calendars.
Which probably caused the sync issues. In my case some of the iMac dates were a day early, so I picked the iCal appointment as the one to save.
The iDisk compression may have just been a side effect of the OS X system update, eveything seems to be fine.
I’ll spend a day or two running things on my MacBook and wait a day or two before updating my iMac, but things seem to be OK for now.
OS X 10.5.2 is also available via a 343MB standalone installer. After installing OS X 10.5.2 a Leopard Graphics Update will be available for installation and it also requires a reboot.
While I’m very hapy with OS X 10.5 Leopard overall and don’t regret the upgrade there are some things that annoy me or a outright bugs.
Let’s get the translucent menu bar and menus out of the way. The translucent menu bar doesn’t bother me because I use a dark background. Still, the translucent menus are a problem when they drop down over other programs. Having the text on the screen bleed through the menus makes them hard to read, looks terrible, and makes no sense. I’ve seen hacks for the translucent menu bar, but nothing on the menus yet.
Also on my list of annoying and counter-productive UI changes are the dynamic stack icons in the dock. I doubt I’m alone in scanning icons in the doc for visual recognition of the icon and not want figure out its physical position. Having the download, documents and other stack icons dynamically change based on the first file in the directory is downright annoying. Luckily there’s a very clever solution that Apple should implement.
On to the area of bugs. On both my iMac and MacBook I’m experiencing shutdown problems. The Mac begins the shutdown process, clears the screen and stays that way forever (which is about 20 minutes in my reality) and I have to power off. The problem only occurs when an external drive is connected and was used during the session. The problem seems to have been fixed with the OS X 10.5.1 update. But it was a sporadic problem so my fingers are still crossed.
While Spaces is still my favorite feature it’s far from perfect. It would be nice to be able to open an app in multiple spaces, with each space having its own instance. Or if an app can have multiple windows (like Finder or Safari) then having a different window in each space should be possible. This would make for easier organization of Spaces by task. The best I can do now is set a program to follow me from space to space which isn’t very efficient.
My MacBook has another issue with the external drive I use with it. Every so often it throws up the error to the left. The SimpleTech 320GB USB drive I’m using for Time Machine is unmounting and re-mounting itself. This could be a hardware problem since I only used the drive a few days before installing Leopard. It happens with both USB drives I’ve tried but not when the drive is connected via Firewire. So it’s either the MacBook hardware or Leopard.
Of course, my iMac has a different problem with the external USB drive. If the external drive is in power save mode when the iMac starts up it sometimes fails to mount the drive when I power up the iMac. I doesn’t happen all the time, maybe about half the time.
With the original Leopard release my Mac Mini (which has an in-place upgrade done) couldn’t connect to my wireless network when starting up or coming out of sleep mode. The OS X 10.5.1 update seems to have resolved this problem.
So all-in-all, not much to really complain about. If there wasn’t something it wouldn’t be a real OS upgrade.