Apple releases Mac OS 10.5.3; includes Google contact sync (updated)

Apple releases Mac OS 10.5.3; includes Google contact sync (updated)

Summary: Apple today released Mac OS 10.5.3 via Software Update (advisory).


Apple releases Mac OS 10.5.3 software updateApple today released Mac OS 10.5.3 via Software Update (advisory). The 10.5.3 Combo Update weighs in at 536MB while the regular 10.5.3 Update is 420MB.

The 10.5.3 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.

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The 10.5.3 update addresses 60 bugs in the areas of the Finder, Address Book, Airport, Automator, iCal, iChat, Mai, Parental Controls, Spaces, Time Machine, Voice Over.

Update: The Address Book application in Mac OS X 10.5.3 now lets iPhone users sync their Address Book with Google Contacts. To try it, go to the Address Book menu, choose Preferences, and then check Synchronize with Google. It’ll ask for your Google account and password, then automatically update your contacts every time you sync your iPhone.

Complete list of bug fixes after the jump...


  • Fixes a font issue that could result in Helvetica Narrow being used in applications instead of Helvetica.
  • Addresses an issue with stuttering video and audio playback in certain USB devices.
  • Resolves stability issues with Word of the Day, iTunes Artwork, and Slideshow screen savers.
  • Fixes an issue in which certain attached hard drives may not show up in the Finder.
  • Addresses an issue with .Mac syncing of Dashboard widgets over multiple Macs that use different screen resolutions.
  • Includes additional RAW image support for several cameras.
  • Improves the accuracy of the Software Update progress bar indicator.
  • Addresses an issue in which Finder may not be available if the computer name is blank in Sharing preferences.
  • Improves Active Directory binding and login.
  • Eliminates a delay when logging in as an Active Directory user in a .local domain.
  • Improves Spotlight searches on a AFP file server volumes.
  • Clients can now change their password at the login window when bound to a Mac OS X 10.4 Open Directory server.
  • Improves Safari reliability when connecting to the Internet through a Microsoft ISA proxy.

Address Book

  • Addresses reliability issues when searching for contacts using built-in search.
  • Resolves issues with mapping addresses that contain an ampersand character (&).


  • Improves 802.1X behavior and reliability.
  • Improves reliability when using Time Capsule.


  • Addresses an issue in which some actions may not work with the "Show When Run" option enabled.
  • Resolves an issue in which the "New iCal Event" action may not work.
  • Resolves an issue that prevents workflows from being saved in the Finder's contextual menu.
  • Fixes reliability issues for Automator scripts that search for files by date.
  • Resolves an issue that prevents workflows from being saved in the Finder's contextual menu.
  • Addresses an issue in which Automator workflows as Finder plugins do not work when the workflow begins with the "Get Selected Finder Items" action.
  • Fixes an issue in which the "Copy Files" action does not reliably work when added from Automator’s warning dialog.


  • Addresses potential privacy issues by allowing events to be marked as private.
  • Resolves an issue in which the inspector does not show capacity and availability info for conference rooms within a building.
  • Addresses an issue in which the current day could appear in the left-most column of the weekly view.
  • Addresses reliability issues with meeting alarms, invitations and attachments.
  • Resolves issues with reliability when restoring from iCal backups.
  • Fixes accuracy issues with auto-completion, availability data and location names.
  • Resolves an issue in which iCal may send cancellation notices for events in the past after a calendar is deleted.
  • Fixes reliability issues with iCal syncing.


  • Addresses reliability issues with screen sharing.
  • Resolves an issue in which saved chat transcripts may reported as "still in use" after opening and closing them in iChat.
  • Resolves an issue with group chats not being indexed in Spotlight.
  • Only the last 250 messages of an active chat are saved. Fixed to save unlimited number of lines.
  • Addresses issues with echo cancellation that may occur on portable Macs.


  • Resolves an issue in which Mail may prevent idle sleep when set to automatically check for new messages every minute.
  • Addresses stability issues that may be encountered when dragging large attachments into an email message.
  • Fixes an issue that could occur if two compose windows are open when dragging a file to the Mail icon in the Dock.
  • Addresses reliability issues when changes are made to a mailbox while offline.
  • Resolves wrapping issues that may be found with consecutive spaces in plain text.
  • Fixes issues with certain web pages appearing garbled when emailed from Safari.
  • Fixes an issue in which the Sent, Drafts, and Outbox mailboxes incorrectly list the "cc" recipients in the "To" column.
  • Addresses reliability issues with attachments added to plain text notes.
  • Fixes reliability issues with authenticated RSS feeds.
  • Resolves an issue in which attaching an alias to an email message may not send the actual file.

Parental Controls

  • Addresses reliability issues with application logging and time limits.
  • Resolves an issue in which Parental Controls may prevent forced sleep.
  • Addresses performance issues with web content filters.
  • Fixes an issue with managed accounts in which iChat transcripts may not be created.
  • Addresses issues with 4-byte files and whitelist.


  • Resolves an issue in which switching to a different space and returning back to the original space may reorder the application windows with a different active window.
  • Resolves an issue in which activating an application from the Dock switches to a different space, even if there is a window for that application in the current space.
  • Fixes an issue in which Command-Tab may incorrectly switch to a new space.
  • Addresses reliability issues with Spaces when syncing preferences over .Mac.

Time Machine

  • Includes fixes for Time Machine compatibility with Time Capsule.
  • Resolves certain issues when backing up a portable Mac that is on battery power.
  • Addresses compatibility issues with Aperture 2.
  • Addresses reliability issues when performing a full restore from a Time Machine backup.
  • Fixes an issue in which certain function keys may be disabled after using Time Machine.
  • Fixes a possible alert message that incorrectly states a backup volume does not have enough space.
  • Updates Time Machine to reliably restore attachments and messages in Mail.


  • Includes Braille Update 1.0 which enables GW Micro, HandyTech, HIMS, Nippon, and Papenmeier Refreshable Braille displays.
  • Addresses an issue with Braille dot 7 and 8 underlining.
  • Fixes an issue in which HTML page anchors may be ignored by the VoiceOver cursor.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Hot Spots from being used in text areas.
  • Resolves an issue with spell checking in which VoiceOver may only announce the first misspelled word if there are multiple words spelled incorrectly.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Operating Systems, Software

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  • WOW

    Oh my, so many fixes... Feels so nice to have system that gets better and better with each update.
    Thanks for the post.
    • Maybe I just lead a charmed life

      but I never saw a single one of those bugs.
      • I ran into the Mail CC/To a few times when sending out a batch email. [nt]

      • Wickedly Whips Windows,........

        I never had any glitches either. This is the one system that always works no matter what. To be fair, Hardy Heron (UBUNTU) works really well too.
      • Even my Hackintosh didn't have those issues... I just wait for the OSX86 Brain Trust to get it working
        before I update it.
        • Sometimes they work better

          I know that "Back To My Mac" works flawlessly on my Hackintosh, yet it occasionally acts up on my two real Macs, which has been the source of some amusement to me. Hopefully 10.5.3 fixes the real Macs.
          • My experience with "Hackintoshes" was anything but

            flawless. (I'm talking about those shoddy clones from the
            nineties.) Never again! Yes, they worked well, but not for
            long. Cheap and nasty components soon became
      • Ditto here!

        None of those 'bugs' materialized on our Intel
        "Leopard" iMacs.
        And that's a good thing...
      • Ditto

        Must also lead a charmed life--at least the computing
        part of it.
  • RE: Apple releases Mac OS 10.5.3 software update

    So, now it just works like they say in the commercials?
    • ***** envy

      is such a sad thing to see...
      • Pity is better

        why whould someone envy an grossly overprice open source ripoff?
        • Open Source rip-off , get your facts straight

          Steve Jobs bought the underlying BSD that comes with Mac
          OS X . How did Steve Jobs rip-off the Open Source
          community when he paid (USD) dearly for BSD ?
          • Mectron doesn't base his/her statements on facts

            Good at perpetuating myths, though, and seems to live by it.
            Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493
  • RE: Apple releases Mac OS 10.5.3 software update

    correction: the update is 198Mb
  • RE: Apple releases Mac OS 10.5.3 software update

    Correction:The update weighs 198 Mb
    • Shows up as 420 MB on mines. What model Mac do you have? [nt]

      • Imac 2.16 was fully updated,

        now the build is: 9D34, ran 1,05,3 through sw update and
        nothing is available now.
    • Smaller

      It was 186 MB for me,.....24"Intel iMac Extreme 2800MHz.
      • It was even smaller for me , at 78 Megabytes

        There sure is something to be said about the PPC over the
        x86 architecture .