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Apple testing Mac OS X 10.4.3, OS X Security, and Safari updates

Apple Computer has begun testing a third maintenance update to its new Tiger operating system, in addition to gathering feedback on two forthcoming Safari web browser bug fix releases and a Mac OS X Security Update.

Mac OS X 10.4.3

Mac OS X 10.4.3, which its believed to be on target for a release by mid-Sept., began making the rounds in Silicon Valley earlier this week. Sources were mum on details, saying the first pre-releases builds of the software are slated to be released to thousands of Apple developers and business partners for testing in a matter of days.

Security Update 2005-007

Expected to proceed Mac OS X 10.4.3 on Apple's software release schedule is Mac OS X Security Update 2005-007, which is also rumored to be in the early stages of testing. Like Mac OS X 10.4.3, it's unknown at this time on which issues the update will focus. A quick search of Apple's Bugzilla database reveals no major or critical issues associated with Mac OS X.

Safari 1.3 and 2.0

Finally, as reports from tipsters and several Mac websites have also indicate, Apple is working to perfect the current version of its Safari web browser on both Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

On Thursday the company reportedly asked developers to test Safari 2.0 Update 1 for Mac OS X 10.4.x and Safari 1.3 Update 6 for Mac OS X 10.3.9. Because both versions of Safari are based on the same version of WebKit, the list of bugs and fixes associated with the updates are nearly identical.

According to reports, the updates will repair several issues with Safari that have recently begun to cause the browser to crash. The Safari team has also fixed issues with the list-style css property, comment parsing, caps lock key and bookmarking, and Flash media layout issues.

All three software updates will be released to Mac OS X users free of charge.