Apple has released Mac OS 10.3.4 for client and server Macs.

The update is available using Software Update and also for direct download from Apple's Web site.

The company describes the update as delivering: "Enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 'Panther'" and recommends all users install the 41MB patch.

Improvements within Mac OS X 10.3.4 include:

  • Improved file sharing and directory services for Mac (AFP), UNIX (NFS), PPTP, and wireless networks.
  • Improved OpenGL technology and updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers.
  • Improved disc burning and recording functionality.
  • iPods connected via USB 2.0 are now recognized by iTunes and iSync.
  • Additional FireWire audio and USB device compatibility.
  • Updated Address Book, Mail, Safari, Stickies, and QuickTime applications.
  • Improved compatibility for third party applications.
  • Previous standalone security updates.

Highlights described in the in-depth notes now available on Apple's site include:

Address Book can now import more than one email address per contact from an LDIF export file.

Addresses a Mail issue in which a long address (URL) in a Mac OS X Panther Mail message may not open in your Web browser when you click it.

You can now send SMS messages longer than 68 characters via the Mac OS X v10.3 (Swedish) Address Book.

Dialogue windows for incoming phone calls and SMS messages for a paired Bluetooth phone now appear in the foreground.

Safari will now be able to download a Hotmail email attachment.

Improves OpenGL by adding support for OpenGL Vertex Buffer and Replaceable OpenGL entry points.

Additional information is available from Apple's site.