February 15, 2006 8:51 AM PST

Apple updates Tiger to fix iMac video problem

Apple Computer has released an update to the Mac operating system that it hopes will alleviate the video problems that consumers had experienced with the first Intel-based Macs.

On Tuesday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.5, an update to Mac OS X Tiger. Although the update offers a number of fixes for both Power PC and Intel-based Macs, the most noteworthy update is a fix Apple says solves a pesky video problem with its Front Row remote-controlled media software.

In the release notes for the update, Apple says the update "eliminates some potential video redraw issues when using Front Row on Intel-based Macs."

Consumers had complained of "video tearing" in which lines appeared in between graphic images while using Front Row and other applications. Apple said last week it was looking into the issue.

The OS update also fixes a number of other issues, including a bug that prevented streaming media from working properly behind a firewall on the new iMacs. Among the other improvements listed by Apple, Safari no longer quits unexpectedly when deleting America Online mail messages via AOL Webmail.

Apple introduced the Intel-based iMac in January. On Tuesday, the company also announced it had started shipping the MacBook Pro, its first Intel-based laptop.

Analyst Shaw Wu of American Technology Research noted the video fix in a report on Wednesday.

"What caught our attention is that this update fixes the well-publicized video glitch with Front Row software on an (Intel-based) iMac...in line with our expectation that this would be a software fix and not a hardware component problem that many feared would require a recall."

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"had experienced"
Past perfect here? They still are experiencing it, therefore "have experienced" or simply "experienced" is the right tense. Given that the internet is destined to become the boneyard of sensible usage, do the big establishment sites have to be the ones leading the carnage?
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tense?
"Experienced" is past tense, and "have experienced" is perfect,
both indicating completion of event. If you wanted to correct
them, you should have used the imperfect tense, which would
include: "has been experiencing", among many others.

If you're going to get on a grammar high-horse, try to make
sure your information is correct. Otherwise, understand that
journalism has some sense of informality to it based on the
quantity of output. No one is perfect all the time, and no book,
academic journal, or spoken phrase is 100% correct. That's life -
talk about the content if you have a problem.
Posted by moopie23 (16 comments )
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"had experienced"
Past perfect here? They still are experiencing it, therefore "have experienced" or simply "experienced" is the right tense. Given that the internet is destined to become the boneyard of sensible usage, do the big establishment sites have to be the ones leading the carnage?
Posted by orthotox (67 comments )
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tense?
"Experienced" is past tense, and "have experienced" is perfect,
both indicating completion of event. If you wanted to correct
them, you should have used the imperfect tense, which would
include: "has been experiencing", among many others.

If you're going to get on a grammar high-horse, try to make
sure your information is correct. Otherwise, understand that
journalism has some sense of informality to it based on the
quantity of output. No one is perfect all the time, and no book,
academic journal, or spoken phrase is 100% correct. That's life -
talk about the content if you have a problem.
Posted by moopie23 (16 comments )
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WHAT??? Apple isnt PERFECT?!?
GET OUT! /face shocked
Posted by Yukimi Konomi (48 comments )
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Mactel iMacs getting good reviews
No, Apple isn't perfect, but its products are usually much better
than Microsoft's.

The iMacs with Intel chips have been out for only a few months.
Other than this issue with Front Row, they are said to run very
smoothly.
Posted by J.G. (837 comments )
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WHAT??? Apple isnt PERFECT?!?
GET OUT! /face shocked
Posted by Yukimi Konomi (48 comments )
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Mactel iMacs getting good reviews
No, Apple isn't perfect, but its products are usually much better
than Microsoft's.

The iMacs with Intel chips have been out for only a few months.
Other than this issue with Front Row, they are said to run very
smoothly.
Posted by J.G. (837 comments )
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Good reason to switch to Windows PCs
Mac's problems are a good reason to switch to Windows PCs. Just imagine being able to go to a store like Best Buy and BUY SOFTWARE!! Believe it or not, the Windows software section isn't 2 feet wide like the Mac software section. There's a whole brighter world out there once you leave the Apple religion.
Posted by lingsun (482 comments )
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did you help out for the search of WMDs?
Where did you get your information from? what makes me annoyed is that people like you, who know very little about Apple and their products, preach about the lack of software for the mac... which is simply not true. there are thousands of pieces of software out there (don't belive me go to versiontracker.com, apples software section)... while windows has more software, how many of them are you going to use and how many of them do the exact same thing, how many are really great pieces of software... not a lot. while you might be obsessed with quantity Apple's users and developers strive for the best in the products they use and create. There is a strong culture within the Apple platform.
Posted by Filip Remplakowski (91 comments )
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How about FREE software?
Just visit macupdate to see how many FREE titles there are to
download, no to mention those that can be easily port from Unix.
Just go to Best buy to leave your slary there.
Posted by rleon (111 comments )
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BSOD is certainly quite bright...
I love the blue glow my face takes on when my Windoze box goes
BSOD...

Mate, it's still a computer - just a *better* computer...
Posted by papastanley (9 comments )
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Good reason to switch to Windows PCs
Mac's problems are a good reason to switch to Windows PCs. Just imagine being able to go to a store like Best Buy and BUY SOFTWARE!! Believe it or not, the Windows software section isn't 2 feet wide like the Mac software section. There's a whole brighter world out there once you leave the Apple religion.
Posted by lingsun (482 comments )
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did you help out for the search of WMDs?
Where did you get your information from? what makes me annoyed is that people like you, who know very little about Apple and their products, preach about the lack of software for the mac... which is simply not true. there are thousands of pieces of software out there (don't belive me go to versiontracker.com, apples software section)... while windows has more software, how many of them are you going to use and how many of them do the exact same thing, how many are really great pieces of software... not a lot. while you might be obsessed with quantity Apple's users and developers strive for the best in the products they use and create. There is a strong culture within the Apple platform.
Posted by Filip Remplakowski (91 comments )
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How about FREE software?
Just visit macupdate to see how many FREE titles there are to
download, no to mention those that can be easily port from Unix.
Just go to Best buy to leave your slary there.
Posted by rleon (111 comments )
Link Flag
BSOD is certainly quite bright...
I love the blue glow my face takes on when my Windoze box goes
BSOD...

Mate, it's still a computer - just a *better* computer...
Posted by papastanley (9 comments )
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