Apple releases Mac OS 10.6.8 update; required for Lion

Apple yesterday released Mac OS 10.6.8 and its a big deal because it's required to upgrade to Lion. Back up, repair permissions and install it from the 1.3GB combo updater.

Apple yesterday released Mac OS 10.6.8 and its kind of a big deal. Apple is requiring that all Macs have 10.6.8 installed before they can upgrade to Lion. Mac OS 10.7/Lion is scheduled to be released in July as a 4GB download from the Mac App Store.

Rather than installing 10.6.8 from Software Update, I recommend that you instead download and install the larger, 1.09GB "combo" updater (link updated) -- but only after fully backing up your machine and running Repair Disk Permissions in Apple's Disk Utility.

The 10.6.8 update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

  • Enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion
  • Resolve an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit
  • Improve support for IPv6
  • Improve VPN reliability
  • Identify and remove known variants of Mac Defender

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:

For information on the security content of this update, please visit:

Mac OS 10.7/Lion will be available next month for $29.99 for all personally registered Macs.