Apple Releases Update to OS X Panther

Mac OS X 10.3.2 update boosts security and support for Windows environments as well as tweaks to various applications, including Mail and Address Book.

Apple Computer Inc. late Wednesday rolled out Mac OS X 10.3.2, a minor update that offers a variety of tweaks and bug fixes for the "Panther" OS.

Version 10.3.2 includes enhancements to file sharing and directory services for cross-platform networks, Apple described in the releases documentation. The update also improves PostScript printing, font management, and the Mail and Address Book applications.

According to the documentation, the 10.3.2 update also includes new drivers for ATI and Nvidia graphics cards, and ties in security patches that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has already released separately.

Customers can download the free update through the Software Update mechanism built into Mac OS X. The release will also be available at Apples Web site however it had not been posted at press time. On November 10, Apple released the first Panther update, Version 10.3.1, which included changes to WebDAV, FileVault, and FireWire 800 drive usage, as well as tweaks to disk-image mounting, printing, and iDisk access. Apple shipped Panther, the latest major Mac OS X upgrade, on October 24 with a single-user price tag of $129.