What’s new in Mac OS X 10.6.7
With a seventh beta already in developer hands, Apple’s just about ready to release their seventh Snow Leopard maintenance update. With a not ill-generous girth of 541.5MB, OS X 10.6.7 is an important patch even though it puts little if any new functionality to the table.
Released with no known issues, developers and insiders report that Mac OS X 10.6.7, the seventh Snow Leopard maintenance update, is winding down with the final code expected to arrive in end user hands as early as next week. Apple has asked developers to focus their testing on the Safari, Mac App Store, Bonjour, SMB and Graphic Driver portions of the update.
It will be interesting to see whether we simply get refreshed graphic drivers or if something more substantial gets delivered — game maker Valve among others has identified a number of graphics performance issues.
That said, the considered wisdom of the blogsphere is that no new features will debut in Mac OS X 10.6.7 with Apple pushing out new functionality until the release of Mac OS X Lion, which is expected this Summer. When it arrives, Lion will sport a number of iOS-inspired features, including Launchpad, full-screen apps, and a new version of Exposé, a.k.a. Mission Control, where users can access and manage open applications.