Apple Revises Mac OS X, Revs Up MobileMe Syncing
Yesterday afternoon, Apple shipped another one of its large system updates. Mac OS X 10.5.6 brings a long list of bug fixes and minor tweaks to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, plus a significant change to the company's MobileMe online service.
That troubled service seems to have gotten over many of its initial performance hiccups, and with this update, it now provides near-instant synchronization of calendars, contacts and bookmarks between a Mac and Apple's Me.com site, instead of once every 15 minutes or so.
These updates seem to flow fastest from that site to a Mac: Two changes to the online address book took only 11 and 16 seconds to appear in a Mac's Address Book program, while edits made on the computer took more like two minutes to show up on the Web. The same pattern happened with calendar and to-do-list revisions, where a to-do edit online landed in the Mac's iCal program seven seconds later, but a new event didn't show up online until 1:20 after its addition to iCal and a new to-do needed just over two minutes to migrate to the Web.
Apple notes, however, that Windows machines still sync only ever 15 minutes, and other data -- such as notes and application settings -- get refreshed at less frequent intervals as well.
This update also includes multiple security patches, which Brian Krebs explains in today's Security Fix post.
Like many of Apple's recent OS X updates, 10.5.6 is not kind to users with limited bandwidth. Its standalone installer is 372 megabytes (although you may get a smaller download through OS X's Software Update mechanism), and the "combo installer," incorporating all previous patches to 10.5, weighs in at 668 MB. (If you've got Mac-using relatives on slow connections, use your own broadband to get that combo-update file, stow it on a USB flash drive, and take it home for the holidays to ensure your folks are up to date.)
Has this update delivered any other notable benefits -- or caused any problems -- for your own Mac? Recap your experience in the comments....
December 16, 2008; 11:45 AM ET
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