If you haven’t been notified by software update already, Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.8 Update is now available for download, and offers a variety of enhancements, fixes and features for both PPC and Intel Mac users.
According to Apple, the update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies:
– Connecting to wireless networks using the EAP-FAST protocol
– Apple USB modem reliability
– Using OpenType fonts in Microsoft Word
– Compatibility with 3rd party USB hubs
– Scanner performance
– RAW camera support
– Printing documents with Asian language names
– Performance of the Translation widget
– Broadband network performance
– Security updates
Both the Delta (206MB) and the Combo (294mb) updaters for Intel-based Macs are significantly larger than the PPC versions, suggesting Rosetta has been altered, but there is no confirmation on that as of yet. If any users of Intel-based Macs discover enhanced Rosetta performance, please write to the MacCast, or leave a message in the forums about your experience.
Some users of MacBooks have complained of having a bluish-tinge to their screens after install the update on Apple discussion forums, and Apple has not formally addressed this issue as of yet.
If you are the owner of a MacBook, it might be a good idea to wait a few days before installing this update, as hopefully a resolution or clarification on the problem will be posted shortly.
For the record, make sure you do a full system Backup prior to installing this or any update to your system. I use SuperDuper! personally, but there are many backup software solutions out there for Mac users, and Adam has on many occasions mentioned some of them. SuperDuper! and CarbonCopyCloner and two top picks, and offer free backup solutions- However, supporting the authors of the software by purchasing the full version not only supports the continued efforts of the developer, but gives you enhanced options when choosing your backup preferences.