Apple has released its 10.0.1 updater for Mac OS X.

Apple says the updater improves support for third-party USB devices, and boosts Classic compatibility and overall stability. Many users report that it optimizes the target disk, speeding up overall performance. The updater also offers Japanese users updated Epson printer drivers.

Industry opinion is divided about the timing of the updater release. Some IT pundits claim Apple delayed its release to minimize bad publicity, while others say the company's commitment to Mac OS X can be measured by how swiftly it was released.

10.0.1 is available to Mac OS X users through the Software Update command in Mac OS X's System Preferences. The updater has a different build-name than Macworld initially reported.