Apple’s 10.7.3 Update Causing Crashes, Graphical Errors
Apple’s Software Update application is one of the nicest things about OS X. You’re kindly alerted to a new update and can install at your leisure. But Apple slipped up Feb. 1, 2012, with the latest OS X Lion 10.7.3 update. Some users are reporting unsavory effects, the worst of which is heavy application crashing. But never fear, we’ve got the details on how to avoid any hiccups during your OS X update…
If you’re the unfortunate user who installed the Mac OS X 10.7.3 update right away, you might be dealing with severe crashing of system applications, in addition to bizarre graphical glitches where buttons and other objects have been replaced with a image of a question mark with the word “CUI” across the top. If you haven’t updated yet, that’s a good thing. You can take your chance with the OS X software update application, but your best bet is to download the Mac OS X 10.7.3 combo update. The combo update, unlike the “delta” update from Apple’s update application, includes data for upgrading any version of Lion, not just 10.7.3. Users have reported successful installs and successful fixes by using this version of the update. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is already under way fixing the issue, but the mere fact Apple pushed out 10.7.3 with bugs of this magnitude are embarrassing and far from the level of quality users expect.
When my Mac is alerted to any update, I usually wait a day or two to make sure everything is kosher. For VARs and channel partners who are relying on Apple hardware, I would recommend either installing the combo update, or simply waiting for Apple to re-issue the update with a fix. I’ll personally be waiting on Apple’s official fix. It’s certainly not imperative to be running 10.7.3 at this instant.