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New 10.5.4 seed shows Apple mending iCal, winding down

A new build of Apple's upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.4 update shows the patch all but finished with most bugs already taken care of in the past, AppleInsider has learned

People aware of the newest build, titled 9E17, say the beta fix again lists no known issues and that just two fixes have been made in the ten days between releases, both of which center around bugs with iCal's shortcuts and sync.

Apple is also said to be asking those with early access to focus on many of the same areas as before, including AirPort and networking with Windows systems, Spaces, and frequently-used programs such as iChat, the iLife suite, and Mail.

The rapidly shortening turnaround between the reported builds should ensure that 10.5.4 will be available before July 11th, when it will be necessary for Mac OS X Leopard users who want upgrade to MobileMe, Apple's online hosting and sync service for Macs, PCs, and Apple handhelds.