About the Mac OS X 10.3.6 Update (Delta)

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This software updates Mac OS X 10.3.5 to version 10.3.6. Tip: If you have version 10.3, 10.3.1, 10.3.2, 10.3.3, or 10.3.4, update with the combo update instead.

Important: Read Before Installing
  • 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.

  • The installation process should not be interrupted. If a power outage or other interruption occurs during installation, use the standalone installer (see below) from Apple Downloads to install.


There are two ways to update to Mac OS X 10.3.6, Software Update or standalone Installer. You only need to use one of these methods to update.

Automatic Software Update

Software Update, located in System Preferences, can automatically download and install the latest Apple software. Software Update may have linked you to this document for additional information about the update.

This update's size may vary from computer-to-computer when installed via Software Update.

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

Standalone Installer

Two versions of the Installer are available from Apple Downloads as a standalone update that you can use without being connected to the Internet.

  • A "delta" that updates Mac OS X 10.3.5 to 10.3.6 (described in this document), and
  • A "combo" that can update any version 10.3, 10.3.1, 10.3.2, 10.3.3, 10.3.4, or 10.3.5 to 10.3.6.

This type of update, particularly the combo, is useful if you have multiple computers to update and only want to download 10.3.6 once.


These are some of the enhancements included with the Mac OS X 10.3.6 Update.

Internet and .Mac

  • Resovles an issue in which Safari might not load webpages correctly when the hard drive name included a non-ASCII character such as a symbol, diacritical, or two-byte character.

  • Safari no longer times out after 60 seconds when attempting to connect to a webpage or to submit form data. With this update, Safari will keep trying indefinitely (or until you cancel the attempt).

  • With this update, a synchronized iDisk correctly resizes .Mac storage after its allocation changes.

  • Addresses a kernel panic issue that could occur when using an external, wireless USB broadband modem with Mac OS X 10.3.5.

  • Improves AFP service performance.

  • Addresses a situation in which a file name change that occurred on a server while a client was running Terminal resulted in the client Terminal's failure to recognize the change.

  • Addresses an issue that could prevent login via a network user account.

  • Resolves an issue for Mac OS X 10.3.5 in which, sometimes, network-based applications could not open an application from an automounted AFP volume, such as /Network/Applications/.

  • SMB/CIFS servers in /Network no longer suddenly disappear and reappear after the network changes.

  • Addresses an issue that could occur when using some scholastic information management applications with Mac OS X 10.3.5; this alert could appear: "Another module has 'locked' the MS Tx file. You will gain access when their task is completed."

  • Addresses an issue in which "zooming" in Halo 1.0.5 could lead to blurry video when using certain Nvidia video cards.

  • Many calculating and conversion features within Calculator are improved by this update.

  • Addresses an issue in which TextEdit could unexpectedly quit when changing text from Euphermia regular to italic.

  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.3.5 in which Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 could unexpectedly quit.

  • Improves ColorSync calibrating for Apple Cinema HD Display (23-inch DVI) displays.

  • Resolves an issue in which the display could sometimes remain dark when waking from display sleep (the mouse pointer might appear, but normal function could not be restored) if using Screen Saver password on a portable computer.

  • Adds WMC connectivity capability for Nokia 7610 phones.

  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.3.5 in which some glyph fonts, certain "Expert" or "dingbat" fonts, would no longer appear in some applications.

  • Resolves a situation in which incorrect characters could show up for some fonts.

  • Addresses some issues that could cause Classic to unexpectedly quit when starting up.

  • This update makes it easier to scroll through a long list of user names in the login window.

  • Includes recent Security Updates.

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Published Date: Oct 7, 2016