Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.11 last night, a release that is likely to be the first major update for Mac OS X 10.4.

The update includes many improvements and fixes, and also includes the final version of Safari 3.0, Apple's web browser that has been in beta for several months.

Other changes to the operating system include the addition of RAW image decoding support for the following cameras: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Leica V-Lux 1, Olympus E-400, Olympus EVOLT E410, Olympus EVOLT E510 and the Canon EOS 40D. The update also improves compatibility when using OpenType fonts in QuarkExpress.

For virtualisation customers, Mac OS X 10.4.11 improves reliability when running VMWare's Fusion software.

A couple of changes were made to improve iPhone support as well. The update improves support for using Image Capture to import pictures taken on the iPhone and syncing between iPhone and Yahoo! address books has been improved.

Improves reliability when running VMWARE's Fusion and better reliability when mounting external USB hard drives also features in this release, for Intel Macs.

Several changes were made to networking components and other smaller items like Daylight Saving Time for specific areas. The update also addresses issues with certain Apple Dashboard widgets: Unit Converter, Calculator, and Stocks.

Mac OS X 10.4.11 can be downloaded from Apple's website or via the software update mechanism in Mac OS X.

Several versions are available: for PowerPC and Intel processors, client and server systems. A Combo update is also available for users who have missed previous upgrades.