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Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 02:10 pm PT (05:10 pm ET)

Apple's fourth beta of Mac OS X 10.6.4 is clear of issues

Apple on Tuesday issued yet another beta of its forthcoming 10.6.4 update for the Snow Leopard operating system, with the latest release reportedly containing no known issues.

The latest build, dubbed 10F54, is the first of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6.4 betas that does not contain any issues, according to people familiar with the matter. It also includes the same list of fixes found in the previous build, issued to developers last week.

The most recent build, seeded to developers Tuesday afternoon, is said to be a 576.1MB download.

Previous builds had issues related to incorrectly formatted marketing text, though build 10F54 has apparently resolved that problem. Focus areas are said to remain Graphics Drivers, SMB, USB, Voice Over and VPN.

Previous builds also addressed issues that could cause the keyboard or trackpad to become responsive, and also addresses a problem that prevented some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from loading.

Also on Tuesday, Apple issued updates for Java for Mac OS X in both Snow Leopard and Leopard. Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 2 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_20. The 78MB download is available from Apple.

Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 7 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating J2SE 5.0 to 1.5.0_24, and updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_20 for 64-bit capable Intel-based Macs. It is a 122MB update. J2SE 1.4.2 is no longer being updated to fix bugs or security issues and remains disabled by default in this update.