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Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.6.6 to Developers, Supports Mac App Store

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(Image courtesy of Cult of Mac)

We know what you’re thinking — Apple hasn’t even released Mac OS X 10.6.5 to users yet and already they’ve moved on to 10.6.6, which was seeded to developers late Thursday? Strange but true.

Cult of Mac is reporting that the Snow Leopard updates march on, with developers seeding an early build of Mac OS X 10.6.6 to developers on Thursday even before they’ve released the final version of Mac OS X 10.6.5 to users — which is expected any day now.

For the moment at least, the sole focus of Mac OS X 10.6.6 appears to lie with the forthcoming Mac App Store, which Apple began soliciting apps for earlier this week. 9to5Mac notes that Build 10J521 of Mac OS X 10.6.6 contains “no documented known issues” and the sole focus being “developer support for fetching and renewing App Store receipts.”

Further proof that Mac OS X 10.6.6 doesn’t offer much beyond the Mac App Store is the size of the update — a mere 3.7MB, while the pending 10.6.5 is expected to be nearly 500MB by comparison.

The Mac App Store is expected within 90 days of being announced on October 20, so presumably that will also give time for Apple to address any bugs found when Mac OS X 10.6.5 is released to users. It’s been widely expected this week, since the iOS 4.2 gold master released this week appears to require it in order to use the AirPrint feature.

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