Not too long after Apple
started to ship their newest MacBook
(the ones with Intel's Thunderbolt
I/O port), forums began to populate
with comments stating that their screens were having flickering issues.
There were reports shortly thereafter noting that Apple was looking into
the matter, and that this was an issue that would eventually see
resolution. And now, resolution is upon us.
Apple has just released the newest update for OS X, pushing the build to
10.6.7. This update provides a number of stability and compatibility
updates, but the most notable is the improved graphics stability and
external display compatibility for Thunderbolt-equipped machines.
Reports are flooding out from those who have applied the update, and
generally, it seems as if the new software does indeed fix the display
issues. For those that have non-Thunderbolt machines, that update aspect
is left out, but a few other things still apply.
There's improved reliability for Back to my Mac, resolution of an issue
when transferring files to certain SMB users, and fixes to minor Mac
Store bugs / FaceTime performance issues. Either way, it looks like a
solid download for anyone using Snow Leopard, particularly if you just
spent your savings on a brand new MBP.
This update is recommended for all versions of Mac OS X v10.6 through 10.6.6 Snow Leopard, and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac; including fixes that:
* Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac.
* Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers.
* Address various minor Mac App Store issues.
* Includes all the improvements in the previous Mac OS X v10.6.1, 10.6.2, 10.6.3, 10.6.4, 10.6.5, and 10.6.6 updates.
* Includes Safari 5.0.4.
* Includes RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
* For information about the security content of this update, please visit article HT1222.
* Resolves a window resizing issue with X-Plane 9 on Macs with ATI graphics
* Addresses an issue with MacBook Air (Mid 2010) computers that could cause a kernel panic.
* Address issues in the AirPort driver for certain devices.
* Improves brightness on external displays and projectors.
* Addresses an issue where DVD Player may display black video on some Macs using the 64-bit kernel.
* Addresses an issue with some NEC displays in which the screen may appear black when connected to a Mac Pro (Mid 2010).
* Resolves an issue in which some Multiple Master (MM) fonts were missing from Mac Pro (Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (15-inch & 17-inch Mid 2010), and iMac (Mid 2010) computers.
* Addresses various issues with MacBook Air (Mid 2010) computer performance.
* Resolves an issue in which clicking the Updates tab in the Mac App Store could cause the Mac App Store to become unresponsive.
* Fixes a problem opening an afp:// URL that points to a file, and changes the AFP mount path to conform to previous Mac OS X releases. For details, see article HT4538.
* Includes the ability to repair certain issues that may prevent hardware RAID volumes from mounting. For more information, see article TS3631.
* Fixes a rare issue in Mac OS X v10.6.5 that could cause user accounts to disappear from the Login window and System Preferences after putting the system to sleep.
* Improves the reliability of dragging files or folders to the Trash when using an NFS home directory.