It appears that a number of users are confused by the Mac OS X 10.6.3 v1.1 update, which Apple released yesterday. Here’s the deal:
- This does not appear to be a “new” version of Mac OS X in the sense that it includes any enhancements or new features relative to the initial edition of Mac OS X 10.6.3. It only includes items that were left out if you updated directly from Mac OS X 10.6.0 to Mac OS X 10.6.3.
- You do not need this update unless you originally updated directly from Mac OS X 10.6.0 to Mac OS X 10.6.3. The update is not, according to Apple, necessary if you updated to Mac OS X 10.6.3 from Mac OS X 10.6.1 or 10.6.2.
- If your system needs the additional components included in this update, a very small (roughly 600KB) supplemental update will appear in Software update (the Mac OS X 10.6.3 v1.1 Combo Update weighs in at roughly 785MB).
- This update does not appear to include any fixes for issues that cropped up after the initial Mac OS X 10.6.3 update. Users who have downloaded and applied the update reported persistence of a variety of problems.
- There is no harm in applying the combo version of this update (reinstalling the combo update can be a useful troubleshooting tool), although you will be wasting time if you aren’t experiencing any issues and Software Update doesn’t show a supplemental update.
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the original editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.