Apple 10.5.6 Update Gets Official, 9G21 Available Now

Guess what just popped in? the long awaited 10.5.6 Mac OSX update didn't arrive last week but it's still well within its rumored time frame. Available now, the 9G21 update is recommended for all MAC OSX 10.5.x Leopard users. it is said to include general fixes to enhance system stability, compatibility and security.

Edited by Vincent – For some reason the MacBook Air's update is 377MB in size.  Does anyone know why?

I'll hold on the update, wait for compatibility and bug report before getting mine. If you have issues getting it done, do let us know about your finding.

Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update (client)

The Mac OS X 10.5.6 client software is available as a 373MB download for Macs running Mac OS X 10.5.5 and a 71MB download for Macs running earlier versions of the Leopard operating system. A list of specific enhancements included in the release follows:

Address Book

* Improves reliability of Address Book syncing with iPhone and other devices and applications.


* Improves the reliability of AirPort connections, including improvements when roaming in large wireless networks with an Intel-based Mac.

Client management

* Improves reliability of synchronizing files on a portable home directory.

* Fixes an issue in Mac OS X 10.5.4 and 10.5.5 in which managed users may not see printers that use the Generic PPD.

* Client computers that use UUID-based ByHost preferences now respect managed Screen Saver settings.


* Addresses an issue that could cause an encryption alert to appear in the chat window.

* Setting your iChat status to "invisible" via AppleScript no longer logs you out of iChat.

* Resolves an issue in which pasting text from a Microsoft Office document could insert an image rather than text.


* Includes general improvements to gaming performance.

* Includes graphics improvements for iChat, Cover Flow, Aperture, and iTunes.

* Includes fixes for possible graphics distortion issues with certain ATI graphics cards.


* Includes overall performance and reliability fixes.

* Improves Connection Doctor accuracy.

* Fixes an issue that could cause messages identified as junk to remain in the inbox.

* Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to append a character to the file extension of an attachment.

* Addresses an issue that could prevent Mail from quitting.

* Improves reliability when printing PDF attachments.


* Contacts, calendars, and bookmarks on a Mac automatically sync within a minute of the change being made on the computer, another device, or the web at


* Improves Apple File Service performance, especially when using a home directory hosted on an AFP server. Important: If you are using Mac OS X 10.5.6 (client) to connect to a Mac OS X Server 10.4-based server, it is strongly recommended that you update the server to Mac OS X Server version 10.4.11.

* Improves the performance and reliability of TCP connections.

* Improves reliability and performance for AT&T 3G cards.

* Updates the ssh Terminal command for compatibility with more ssh servers.


* Improves printing for the Adobe CS3 application suite.

* Improves printing for USB-based Brother and Canon printers.

Parental Controls

* Addresses an issue in which a parentally-controlled account could be unable to access the iTunes Store.

* Includes general fixes for time limits.

* Resolves an issue that prevented adding allowed websites from Safari via drag and drop.

Time Machine

* Fixes issues that could cause Time Machine to state the backup volume could not be found.

* Improves Time Machine reliability with Time Capsule.


* Improves compatibility with web proxy servers.


* Includes Mac OS X security improvements. See this website for more information.

* Addresses inaccuracies with Calculator when the Mac OS X language is set to German or Swiss German.

* Improves the performance and reliability of Chess.

* Improves DVD Player performance and reliability.

* Performance improvements for iCal are included.

* Fixes an issue when running the New iCal Events Automator action as an applet.

* Adds a Trackpad System Preference pane for portable Macs.

* Improves compatibility with smart cards such as the U.S. Department of Defense Common Access Card.

* Updates time zone data and Daylight Saving Time rules for several countries.