Apple releases Mac OS X 10.3.3 Update

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.3.3 Update which “delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 ‘Panther’ and is recommended for all users.” The 58.8 MB update is available via Software Update.

Enhancements include:

Networking and .Mac enhancements
– Addresses issues, such as a lost network connection, that could occur when connecting to a network device that forces the network speed and/or duplex setting (known as a “locked” device).
– AppleTalk Browsing is now on by default.
– Resolves an issue in which name conflicts could occur among Network Service Entities.
– Available servers can be seen when browsing Windows Workgroups or Domains.
– Enhancements to /Network browsing include: Servers appear on the desktop and in Finder window Sidebars, AFP Authentication options are available, and you can disconnect a server by dragging its icon on the desktop to the Trash or by clicking the Eject icon in the Sidebar.
– Improves synchronization between .Mac and your computer.
– .Mac no longer attempts to automatically sync files over a wireless network (or “hotspot”) before the computer is authorized to use the network.
– Enhances an Open directory plug-in, which is used in network environments: The Active Directory plug-in is no longer sensitive to the case of the domain; the plug-in now works in “.local” domain environments; the plug-in is now less sensitive to DNS records that don’t have matching reverse lookup.
– Improves compatibility with certain third-party wireless networking PC cards, such as the Honda AH-G10.
– Enhances the IrDA menu item when IrDA networking is active.
– Finder and applications that allow you to browse the file system will now refresh the contents of a remote network volume’s folder or directory when the folder’s contents change.

DVD Player enhancements
– DVD Player will no longer quit if an unsupported PCI video card is installed in your computer.
– DVD Player supports more DVD video discs that are designed to play automatically.
– Improved DVD playback when “Digital Audio Output” is selected in DVD Player preferences.
– DVD Player now recognizes and plays DVD+R media.

Application enhancements
– Images retain their characteristics when you import them in iPhoto.
– Addresses an issue in which Mail could unexpectedly quit when marking some types of unsolicited messages (or “spam”) as Junk.
– Addresses issues that may cause Address Book and other applications to unexpectedly quit if the Classic Mac OS fonts are disabled in Font Book.
– Text shadow opacity and color are saved in RTF documents and preserved when you copy or paste.
– Image Capture can now import files whose names begins with an underscore character (“_”).

Finder enhancements
– Improves security by requiring an administrator to authenticate for each Finder action that needs authentication, such as installing software. In earlier Mac OS X Panther versions, an administrator who authenticated may have unknowingly given elevated priviledges to the non-admin user for 5 minutes. This change also prevents a normal user from performing administrator actions if an administrator user has authenticated during their session.
– When you use an Open menu command to choose a file in Finder or an application, the flashing button now says “Choose” instead of “Open.”
– Addresses an issue in which Finder unexpectedly quits if the View menu option “Show icon preview” is enabled while dragging a significant number of icons to another location.

Other enhancements
– Improvements in start up time that some computers experienced under some installations of Mac OS X 10.3.2 Update.
– Improves print operations when a pending print jobs is moved to the queue of a printer that has different capabilities.
– Improves recognition of Hi-Speed USB devices by PowerBook G4 and iBook G4 computers when woken from sleep.
– A UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) panel is available in Energy Saver preferences, as well as a UPS menu bar item, when a UPS power management system is connected to the computer. Overall support for UPS systems is improved.
– Improves display of text when printing a document that contains two-byte PostScript CID or OpenType fonts.
– Improves compatibility for USB Overdrive: Addresses an issue in which the Media Eject and volume keys may not work if an early version was installed.
– Improves Fan Control system function for Power Mac G5 computers.
– Includes Bluetooth 1.5, which supports Bluetooth-enabled headsets with iChat AV, and adds the ability to print to compatible Bluetooth-enabled printers.
– Adds support for the latest mLAN devices. First-generation mLAN devices require a firmware update for compatibility with v10.3.3. Please visit ( for complete details and access to available firmware updates.

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  1. WOW.

    The performance boost of this update on my RevB TiBook is unbelievable. I have a second monitor at 1600×1200 hooked up to it, and things like expose were rather choppy in this configuration.

    But it runs absolutely flawlessly now. Great update.

  2. Sorry – stupid newbie question alert…

    Can anybody guide me through the correct way to go about updating from 10.3.0 to 10.3.3?? For example, is it necessary to install the .1 & .2 updates prior to downloading .3.3 (even though both .1 & .2 are not listed in my Software Update)? I guess what I mean is: are the previous updates rolled over into the latest version (and do they also include all those security patches that were issued a while back)?

    Many thanks for any help,


  3. Yess! Just upgraded to 10.3.3 on a souped up blue/white (G4/500). The first boot after the update was rather slow (around 75 sec), about the same as in 10.3.2, but the second boot went in just 48 sec, back to 10.3.1 performance.
    The feel of the applications has not changed in my perception, but I’ll try the real G4s later today.

  4. Got a kernel panic when switching location for the first time. Have tried to recreate problem, but it hasn’t re-occured. The update has fixed the problem I was having getting files off my Nokia phone. Airport, DSL, iSync, printing, Mail, and Virtual PC all working correctly. Battery life good. User switching seems to be quicker at logging in the second account, and my Bluetooth menu bar icon now stays put.

    Lastly, Active Directory finally allows me to attach to Windows servers without having to put in my password all the time. All in all, not a bad update from what I’ve seen so far.

  5. James…

    hahahahahaha MDN broke the story. Ohhhhh sounds serious James.

    It’s a god damn update. This is not a story that has been broken you prag. OJ wasting his wife and his lover then blazing down California freeways…now that is breaking news you prag.

    man….people around here need a reality check…don’t get me wrong…I love Mac’s…but please people…10.3.3 is not a breaking storie :s


  6. RS, just download whatever is available in your software update. Im sure Apple would have thought that issue through. BTW, is anyone else having problems with MSN Messenger under 10.3.3 ? It seems to be the only issue.

  7. This is one smooth update fixed my network problem where I’m working. A huge pc network has been a problem for my mac to browse but now it’s just fixed. Thankz Apple.

  8. I noted that Mail’s junk filter is working correctly at last, but now notice that there is no provision for “Not Junk”-ing. But maybe simply moving a message from the junk file to the correct inbox will dejunk it….

  9. I couldn’t access shared files on the MS 2003 Server office network using 10.3.2 on my G4 17″ 1.33 GHz PowerBook (January edition), so I went ahead and purchased a fairly expensive app called DAVE–then it worked without a hitch. Does anyone here use DAVE and know if 10.3.3 has any problems interacting with it? I spent several weeks trying to get 10.3.2 to read shared network files (with attendant loss in productivity), so I can’t risk going through that again. THANKS!

  10. sfter the update i couldn’t see the other two macs on my home network, and i could see the pc but couldn’t connect. it said ‘original item could not be found’. wtf?

  11. Ah yes another update to the all-great Apple OS.
    Still no support for FTP from the finder or the “IE-want-a-be” Apple browser.
    And from the comments… the networking browsing issues are still a mess.

    Really do you think any real world IT department would shift to an OS that cant perform such simple tasks let alone 3 years after the OS came out.

  12. Ah yes another update to the all-great Apple OS.
    Still no support for FTP from the finder or the “IE-want-a-be” Apple browser.
    And from the comments… the networking browsing issues are still a mess.

    Really do you think any real world IT department would shift to an OS that cant perform such simple tasks let alone 3 years after the OS came out.

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