Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.6 Update

This software updates Mac OS X 10.2.5 to version 10.2.6.
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Important: Read Before Installing

    1. You may experience unexpected results if you have installed third-party system software modifications, or if you have modified the operating system through other means. This precautionary statement does not apply to the normal installation of application software.

    2. To install Mac OS X 10.2.6, you must enter the password for an administrator account. The password cannot contain a space or special characters typed by pressing the Option key.

    If you need to change an administrator account password, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then choose View > Accounts. Select the account name and click Edit User. Type the current password and press Return, then type the new password in both text boxes. Click OK when you are done.

    3. The installation process should not be interrupted. Monitor progress by clicking the Detailed Progress disclosure triangle. If a power outage or other interruption occurs during installation, use the standalone installer (see below) from Apple Featured Software to install.


There are two ways to update to Mac OS X 10.2.6.

Automatic Software Update Installation

You may have been referred to this document by Automatic Software Update. For more information on this feature, see technical document 106704, "Mac OS X: How to Update Your Software".

Because some updates are prerequisites for others, you may need to use Software Update more than once to get all available updates.

Standalone Installers

An installer is also available from Apple Featured Software (

There are two versions of the update installer available. Mac OS X 10.2.6 Update updates Mac OS X 10.2.5 to the later version. This document describes how to use this installer.

Mac OS X 10.2.6 Update (Combo) updates Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.2.5 to version 10.2.6. If you need to use the Combo installer, see technical document 25449, "Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.2.6 Update (Combo)".


The following are some of the enhancements delivered with the Mac OS X 10.2.6 Update:
  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.2.5 in which a kernel panic message may appear if certain USB hubs or devices are connected.
  • Improves printing compatibility for PostScript OpenType fonts.
  • Improves compatibility for Maya Auto Paint and Paint Effects features.
  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.2.5 in which English is the default language and Asian language scripts are not available in the International preference pane if a script's font is not available.
  • Improves compatibility for MacSoft Unreal Tournament 2003 on computers with GeForce 2MX and GeForce4MX graphic accelerator chipsets.
  • Address Book now supports the Sony Ericsson T610 phone.
  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.2.5 in which a file could appear damaged after copying via an AFP sharepoint, unless it was moved to a local volume after copying.
  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.2.5 in which an authenticated connection to a Microsoft Windows 2000 server is not made if Microsoft UAM 1.0.2 is installed.
  • Addresses an issue in which a kernel panic could occur after reinserting an ejected PC card, after the computer wakes from sleep.
  • Addresses an issue in which certain bitmat fonts could not be printed to a PostScript printer via the LaserWriter 8 compatibility path.
  • Resolves an issue in which iTunes 4 display fonts may not be anti-aliased as expected.
Published Date: Oct 10, 2016