Apple continues its festive updater bonanza with the release of QuickTime 6.5 for Mac and Windows.

The release offers a range of enhancements, including an expansion of QuickTime's support for mobile multimedia and improved digital-video playback.

Maintaining the company's seduction of the mobile telecommunications industry, the new version offers expanded support for 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and 3GPP2 mobile multimedia formats, which are utilized in the latest generation of mobiles.

Apple says: "As the first widely distributed, freely available multimedia technology to deliver both 3GPP and 3GPP2 capabilities, QuickTime enables users all over the world to share 3G content with others via both computers and mobile devices."

Because 3GPP and 3GPP2 are now a part of the core architecture of QuickTime, users can import, export, and play back .3gp and .3g2 files just as they can .mp4 and .mov files.

More formats

Alongside the product's support for formats it already handles, this version supports the MPEG-4 and H.263 video codecs; AAC (Advanced Audio Coding); AMR (Adaptive Multi-Rate); and QCELP (Qualcomm Code Excited Linear Predictive) audio codecs. It also offers a 3G Text importer and exporter, support for Movie Fragments, and a user-friendly 3G-export dialog to aid in the creation of 3GPP- and 3GPP2-compliant files

This major update also adds Unicode text support and "enhanced support" for iMovie, iDVD and Final Cut Pro.

QuickTime 6.5 is available through Software Update and also as a standalone download from the Apple site.