Apple Releases OS X 10.11.5, But Still No Safari Crash Fix
OS X 10.11.5 is out but the update still doesn't patch that bug in Safari that causes the browser to crash.
Following a long line of previous updates released by Apple for iOS, watchOS, tvOS and iTunes, this latest El Capitan release comes with the usual laundry list of fixes and performance improvements.
"The OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 update improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all El Capitan users," Apple points out on the download page for the OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 update.
Some of the changes in the update include a fix for when Spotlight uses up large amounts of CPU time, another fix for a bug disabling the shutdown of an active OS X session while still logged into an account, and a final fix for "where only a single NetBoot image would appear in the Startup Disk pane of System Preferences, even if multiple NetBoot images were configured on the server."
Users, however, have pointed out that the update has missed to fix a glaringly annoying problem with Safari crashing. Worse, some machines would completely freeze up when Safari would get stuck, too.
The problem persists with both older and newer Macs. So far, the only solution that works is to perform a hard reset on a Mac. Others have also managed to prevent their workstations from crashing by uninstalling Flash in Safari. Mileage may vary nonetheless, depending on the unique setup of a certain machine.
Of course, a Mac packed with an endless list of apps downloaded from the Mac App Store and other sources will undoubtedly be more susceptible to a variety of other problems than one just using Apple's default set of apps. Regardless, one user points out that they had purchased their Macbook Pro just last Christmas and it isn't free of bugs at all.
"I continue to have occasional 'freezing' also! Brand new MACBOOKPRO for Christmas (not cheap to buy) [and] get frustrated with these 'episodes' of freezing [and] no reason given," reports "oldbird99" in a comment thread over at 9to5Mac.