Apple releases Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0

Has the graphical performance of Portal, Team Fortress 2, or Aperture not felt quite as performance-y on your 2009 or 2010 Mac since installing Mac OS X 10.6.4? Apple’s got an update for that.

Apple on Tuesday released Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0, a “stability and performance fix” for a few key applications running on Macs with both ATI and Nvidia graphics cards. It addresses frame rate issues in Portal and team Fortress 2 on newer Macs with Nvidia cards. It also resolves a problem that could cause Aperture 3 or StarCraft II to become unresponsive or unexpectedly quit.

Affected Macs include: MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009), MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010), MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010), iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009), Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac mini (Early 2009), Mac OS X 10.6.4, Mac mini (Mid 2010), iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010), iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010), and MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010).

The update is 69.2MB and is available in Software Update on affected Macs now.

Updated at 6:56pm PT to reflect that this update is for Macs with both ATI and Nvidia graphics cards.

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    MSRP: $29 (single-user upgrade from Leopard); $49 (five-user upgrade from Leopard); $169 (Tiger upgrade as part of Mac Box Set with iLife ’09 and iWork ’09)

    Pros

    • Generally faster than Leopard
    • Most applications run in 64-bit mode
    • Rudimentary malware checking
    • Supports Exchange
    • Improvements to Exposé and Dock

    Cons

    • Many features won’t truly be exploited until Mac hardware evolves
    • Lackluster QuickTime Player update

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