Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.7 - Security, iCal, Mail, Printing Improvements

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Apple updated Mac OS X Leopard to version 10.5.7 Tuesday, a release that includes several general improvements, security fixes, and improvements to iCal, Mail, and printing.

Apple is offering a "Delta" that lets you update from Mac OS X 10.5.6 to 10.5.7, and is a 442MB download. The company also has a combo update that lets you update from Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4, 10.5.5, or 10.5.6 to 10.5.7. The Combo download is 729MB.

The release notes from Apple's support page for the update (links provided by Apple):


  • Includes latest security fixes.
  • Includes additional RAW image support for several third-party cameras.
  • Improves performance of video playback and cursor movements for recent Macs with NVIDIA graphics.
  • Resolves an issue with Dvorak keyboard layout in Mac OS X 10.5.6.
  • Improves the reliability and accuracy of Unit Converter, Stocks, Weather and Movies Dashboard widgets.
  • Addresses a situation that may cause issues when logging into Gmail.
  • Improves reliability when syncing contacts with Yahoo!.
  • Expansion Slot Utility for Mac Pro now reports the correct PCIe slot configuration.
  • Improves network performance when connected to certain Ethernet switches that have Flow Control enabled.
  • Improves stability for network home directories hosted by Mac OS X Server v10.4.
  • Improves Finder search results for network volumes that may not support Spotlight searching, such as Mac OS X Server v10.4, Time Capsule, and third-party AFP servers.
  • Includes several improvements to Directory Service and Client Management, which are described in the About Mac OS X Server 10.5.7 Update article. [Editor's note: That link was not working as of this writing. - Editor]


  • Improves overall reliability with CalDav.
  • Improves reliability when automatically syncing with MobileMe.


  • Addresses reliability and sync issues with Notes.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause the BCC field to populate incorrectly when redirecting a message from the Sent mailbox.

Parental Controls

  • Improves consistency with Parental Controls and application restrictions.
  • Addresses an issue in which time limits may not work properly with full-screen games and Fast User Switching.


  • Resolves an issue that may cause certain third-party printers to print to the incorrect paper tray.
  • Non-admin user accounts can now be allowed to add and remove printers by enabling Parental Controls and selecting "Can administer printers".
  • Includes other printing reliability and stability improvements.



Dang. No mention of added compatibility with 3rd party Bluetooth adapters. Some news/rumors blog had indicated that 10.5.7 would include such enhancements. Recently, I was careless enough to buy a RocketFish Bluetooth 2 dongle for my Mac Pro, without first checking to see if it listed Mac compatibility on the packaging. :(

I was hoping that this update would install the needed drivers for said Bluetooth dongle, which I need to be able to actually put the Motorola Bluetooth 2 stereo headphones I recently bought, to good any good use.

Well, I’ll install the update and hopefully it includes a super-secret Bluetooth driver update. In case it doesn’t, does anybody know where I can get Mac OS X compatible drivers for a Rocketfish RF-FLBTAD?


I’m unable to install the update. It stalls at about 19% downloaded. I noticed in the Apple Discussions, folks are having some trouble with this update.


I had a problem after the d/l reboot.  The screen stuck on installing the script.  I left it alone for about 20 minutes before shutting the iMac down.  After the reboot I didn’t another screen about installing the update.  A quick peek in About this Mac shows 10.5.7.  I hope I got it all ... LOL


Download the Combined Update from the Apple web site, and save it.  When your Mac gets a little glitchy, you can use it to reinstall, and a whole bunch of problems go away.


Installed on a 7 year old G4, a 3 year old Mac Mini and a 2 month old Nehalem Quad Core.

Without a glitch. I hope people realize the installer does go to a blue screen when it’s running the Disk Utility in the background between the first and second reboots. DO NOT INTERRUPT IT.


I installed OS 10.5.7 on a desktop, Mac Pro.
The mail doesn’t work any longer.

Plenty of ram, plenty of storage space.

I use a pop mail account and the mail starts to load then hangs, and sometimes freezes the machine.  Safari hangs also.

Any suggestions?

thank you.

Kamcheung Sham

My Mail also not working anymore. I have 4 pop accounts setup. I tried moved the ~/Library/Mail to some place and let the system recreate that. It still has my 4 Pop account setup, all old message are gone, but still hangs the exact same way.

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