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Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 10:00 am PT (01:00 pm ET)

Apple plants two more Mac OS X 10.5.3 seeds

Apple over the past few days has provided its developer community with two more builds of its upcoming maintenance and security update for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Builds 9D19 and 9D20 of Mac OS X 10.5.3 arrived on Friday and Tuesday, respectively, according to people familiar with the ongoing evaluation process.

Both builds delivered a handful of new fixes, brining the total number of code corrections expected as part of the operating system update to approximately 150.

With Build 9D20, Apple is also reported to have relaxed the number of core focus areas from about two dozen to just 17.

Among them, and new to the latest builds, is a request that developers test the performance of Adobe Flash media play within the Safari web browser.

Mac OS X 10.5.3 is also rumored to include a fix for graphics issues that have plagued a number of Intel-based Macs, particularly the latest versions of the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

People familiar with the impending Leopard update say the latest build includes just two known issues. One has to do with the need to possibly reset VPN settings following installation, while the other simply notes that localization support of Mac OS X 10.5.3 has not yet been completed.