Apple releases Mac OS 10.4.9

Apple releases Mac OS 10.4.9

Summary: Waiting in your Software Update is Mac OS 10.4.9. Resist the urge to install it tonight, people.

Mac OS 10.4.9 UpdateWaiting in your Software Update is Mac OS 10.4.9. Resist the urge to install it tonight, people. Wait at least 72 hours before installing a major software update like this. Personally, I'm waiting until at least Monday. 
The 10.4.9 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.8 and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

- RAW camera support
- Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
- Image capture performance
- Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
- Font handling
- Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
- USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
- Bluetooth devices
- Browsing AFP servers
- Apple USB Modem
- Windows-created digital certificates
- Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
- Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007
- Security updates

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  • Why?

    What's the big deal? I've installed it already and I haven't seen any problems.
    • Because.

      Seriously, if there aren't any critical security flaws or needed features, its always a good thing to wait and see if there are problems.

      See, someone can read your post and have a good feeling about the update!
      • Good Feeling

        Well, plenty of good feelings here. Everything seems just as smooth as usual.
      • I updated

        Seems to work just fine on my Mac. To be honest the computer feels just a tad faster
    • Conditioning

      Windows users are conditioned to be terrified of patches. It carries over. That's all.
      • That's odd...

        All of the other Mac users who posted are saying it's a good idea to wait, and I agree with them, no matter which OS you're running.

        Also, I didn't see any mention of "Windows" in the article or the post you replied to.
        • Sigh

          Grow a sense of humor. Your life will be happier.
          • indeed

            Actually, I have one. I also know when someone takes constant pot shots at someone or something in the name of humor. Soon it just isn't funny anymore.

            Sorry, but my sense of humor isn't limited to making fun of someone for their chosen OS. What IS funny is that you say this, yet when someone makes fun of a Mac user, you're the first one to get your panties in a bunch.

            Now that's ironic and funny.

            Have a nice day. :)
    • Because

      There have been rare patches from Apple that hose your machine. Always best to wait and let someone else be the guinea pig. Since no one is exploiting the vulnerabilities, why the rush?
      tic swayback
    • Mac OS X "dot releases" deceptively complex

      I heard a music pro describing how a Mac OS X "dot update" rendered his entire
      music creation setup useless because of a software incompibility and it has stuck
      with me ever since.

      He said "installing a Mac OS X dot update (like 10.4.x) is like installing an entirely
      new OS... don't do it on a production machine until you absolutely have to."

      He's right! Unless you absolutely need something in the update or you're a
      developer testing your software against it, why install it day on one? (or three or
      five?) You didn't know that it was coming the day before, so why do you need it

      10.4.9 patches *45* security holes (
      2100-1002_3-6166971.html) and that's bound to bring incompatibilities and
      problems for some. If you *make a living* using your Mac and you need it to be
      100% reliable, hold off on major software updates (like 10.4.9) for as long as

      It it ain't broke... don't update it!

      - Jason
      Jason D. O'Grady
      • I wouldn't go that far

        ---It it ain't broke... don't update it!---

        I'd wait a week, read what's happened at MacFixit and MacInTouch and if everything seems okay, then go ahead and install.
        tic swayback
  • Update is fine on all my computers

    I update my many machines as soon as an update becomes available. Haven't ever
    had a problem and 10.4.9 is no exception. My machines are running fine on 10.4.9.
  • I had problems with WPA after upgrading.

    I had to use WPA with my D-Link wireless router because the Mac routinely hung when using WPA2. After installing 10.4.9 I could no longer connect to the wireless network. Switching to WPA2 solved the problem and it no longer exhibits the hanging I experienced in 10.4.8. Since WPA2 is preferred to WPA I didn't spend much time investingating the problem.