Usually, Apple's software updates come at least two at once, and today it seems we also have some interesting news about the upcoming 10.5.3 version of Mac OS X, but until we get to that, we have to discuss about Aperture 2.1 and Apple TV 2.0.1, which both arrived Friday.
Since February, when Apple introduced Apple TV Take 2, with a completely new interface and support for iTunes movie rentals and streaming podcasts, there was no update until now.
Anyway, the update released Friday night is not documented by Apple, so it seems to be simply a minor maintenance update. For now, the only thing that seems new is the Genres category, located in My Movies, which allows you browse your media hub's content by type. If you see something else that has been added, don't hesitate to let us know!
Next, we have the update to Aperture, available for free, and including the Apple-developed plug-in, Dodge & Burn, which adds brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast, saturation, sharpen and blur, but the best part is that Aperture 2.1
now allows its users to use third party plugins easier than before, with the help of the new open plug-in architecture.
At last, it seems Apple started testing Mac OS X 10.5.3, the third major update to Leopard. The latest build, 9D10, already has over 75 bug fixes and code corrections, especially critical memory leaks in CoreAnimation and iCal, as well as various issues in Dashboard, Installer App, Spotlight indexing, and more.
Without any official date for release, the rumors go that Mac OS X 10.5.3 should arrive in April or May, but I guess we should wait and see. After all, it's better to have a later release, rather than an early one that skips fixing some problems, don't you agree?