Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.6.4: Bug Fixes, Aperture 3 Improvements, RAW Image Support

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Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.4 Tuesday. The OS update includes several bug fixes, including some sleep and sound issues with MacBook Pro (early 2010) models. The update also fixes some issues for Aperture 3, and it improves RAW image support for some devices.

As of this writing, Apple has not yet published the specific security patches in the update.

Apple’s release notes:

General fixes and improvements

  • improves compatibility with some Braille displays
  • resolves an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
  • resolves an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening
  • addresses issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers
  • improves reliability of VPN connections
  • resolves a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing
  • resolves an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view
  • resolves an issue with Parental Controls Time Limits for Open Directory or Active Directory users
  • resolves a display sleep issue with MacBook Pro (Early 2010) computers
  • resolves an issue with MacBook Pro (Early 2010) computers in which the right speaker may sound louder than the left speaker
  • includes Safari 5.0; for more information about Safari 5.0, see this webpage
  • Security improvements; for information about the security content of this update, please visit this article [does not yet include a link to information on this update]

Fixes and improvements for Aperture 3

  • adds tethered shooting support for additional digital camera models
  • addresses IPTC metadata compatibility issues
  • Fixes and improvements for external devices

RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras

  • resolves an issue with using third-party USB web cameras
  • resolves an issue with noise when using some third-party FireWire audio devices
  • resolves pairing issues with Apple remotes

The update is a 315.5MB download through Software Update.

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resolves an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
hopefully that’ll fix a random issue I’m getting.

Lee Dronick

esolves an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
hopefully that?ll fix a random issue I?m getting.

I too have experienced that in my MacBook Pro. Not too often and not often enough to find the circumstances that would cause it to happen.

Lee Dronick

Khaled, and others who may be interested, I found something in the unresponsive trackpad situation. If the cursor is over an embedded video, say from YouTube, and I try a two fingered swipe to scroll the window it will not move. Move the cursor off of the embedded video and I can use the two finger scroll. Now maybe this has always been the case with the these newer trackpads, but I just upgraded from an old G3 iBook so I may not yet be up to speed.

I have not yet updated to OSX 10.6.4, I will probably do that late tonight.


Well, I hope this solves the 10.6.3 internet slow-down problems that have plagued many over the last 4 months! My iMac definitely suffered from the 10.6.3 upgrade and I had to downgrade it to make it useable.


Note that the security improvements include “an update to the Adobe Flash plugin.”  Unfortunately, it’s the old one (  Mac users should go download from Adobe, which fixes a slew of further security issues.

Adobe posted the details here.

Too bad that had to come out just as Apple was finishing 10.6.4.  I imagine Apple will include it in the 10.6.5 update, but why wait, eh?  This probably warrants its own news item.


They have also updated their time zones; the one for Dhaka where I am as of this writing, was off by an hour, but now is fixed.

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