The great Mac OS X Software Update chart

Recently, my friend Rob posed a question to twitter:

Is Mac OS X 10.5.7 the single biggest patch Apple has ever released, or just one of the biggest?

I thought that was an easy question to anwser.

I was wrong.

I looked all over the web for this information, and no one seemed to have it in one place.

So, I present to you: the comprehensive Mac OS X software update chart, current as of May 28, 2009. When the downloads are still available, I’ve linked to them on Apple’s site.

Delta Combo Server Server
Combo
10.5.1 110 MB 110 MB
10.5.2 337 MB 343 MB 376 MB 382 MB
10.5.3 420 MB 536 MB 489 MB 632 MB
10.5.4 88 MB 561 MB 133 MB 677 MB
10.5.5 316 MB 601 MB 341 MB 729 MB
10.5.6 372 MB 668 MB 469 MB 883 MB
10.5.7 442 MB 729 MB 452 MB 951 MB

Here are all of the Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) updates Apple has released. Leopard updates are all universal (four-way fat: ppc, ppc64, i386 and x86_64).

Answering Rob’s question

There are four different Mac OS X 10.5.7 updates: delta, combo, server and server combo. Each of the updates is the largest in its category.

The 10.5.7 delta update narrowly edges out the 10.5.3 update (by 22 MB). However, the 10.5.7 server update is actually 17 MB smaller than the 10.5.6 server update.

The combo update is 61 MB bigger than its nearest competitor; the server combo is 68 MB larger than its closest rival.

Update PPC Delta Combo Intel Delta Combo PPC
Server
PPC
Server
Combo
Universal
Server
Universal
Server
Combo
10.4.1 37 MB 39 MB
10.4.2 44 MB 58 MB 44 MB 57 MB
10.4.3 97 MB 109 MB 118 MB 130 MB
10.4.4 55 MB 120 MB 83 MB 166 MB
10.4.5 16 MB 125 MB 98 MB 15 MB
10.4.6 65 MB 140 MB 163 MB 191 MB 92 MB 182 MB
10.4.7 64 MB 145 MB 133 MB 215 MB 95 MB 192 MB
10.4.8 31 MB 149 MB 206 MB 294 MB 62 MB 196 MB 202 MB
10.4.9 72 MB 163 MB 160 MB 310 MB 127 MB 216 MB 249 MB
10.4.10 25 MB 165 MB 72 MB 297 MB 58 MB 218 MB 391 MB
10.4.11 67 MB 181 MB 128 MB 322 MB 109 MB 242 MB 137 MB 425 MB

Next, the updates for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). The first four Tiger updates are PowerPC-only; after that, Apple released both PowerPC and Intel updates. Some of the later server updates were universal.

Update Delta Combo Server Server
Combo
10.3.1 1.5 MB 1.5 MB
10.3.2 36 MB 54 MB
10.3.3 57 MB 70 MB 69 MB 89 MB
10.3.4 40 MB 79 MB 45 MB 102 MB
10.3.5 43 MB 88 MB 41 MB 107 MB
10.3.6 34 MB 92 MB 42 MB 118 MB
10.3.7 26 MB 97 MB 28 MB 119 MB
10.3.8 27 MB 99 MB 28 MB 125 MB
10.3.9 51 MB 117 MB 63 MB 143 MB

Back in Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), the chart returns to simplicity. All of these updates are PowerPC-only.

Update Delta Combo Server Server
Combo
10.2.1 17 MB 1.5 MB
10.2.2 23 MB 29 MB 40 MB 45 MB
10.2.3 50 MB 60 MB 59 MB 79 MB
10.2.4 41 MB 74 MB 46 MB 97 MB
10.2.5 38 MB 82 MB 42 MB 103 MB
10.2.6 6 MB 86 MB 6 MB 103 MB
10.2.7
10.2.8 40 MB 97 MB 36 MB 158 MB

Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) has one notable exception. Mac OS X 10.2.7 only shipped with some Power Mac G5s and was never available as as standalone software update.

Update Delta Combo Server Server
Combo
10.1.1 14 MB
10.1.2 29 MB 34 MB
10.1.3 16 MB 38 MB 4 MB
10.1.4 2 MB 2 MB
10.1.5 21 MB 45 MB
Update Delta Combo Server Server
Combo
10.0.1 4 MB
10.0.2 15 MB
10.0.3 15 MB
10.0.4 12 MB 19 MB 17 MB

At this point, things get difficult. The charts have some holes in them. I’m not sure if the updates never shipped, or have simply vanished. Searching Apple’s support site and Google failed to turn up any useful links. If you can help fill in the blanks, leave a comment.

Some good resources for Mac OS X update information:

One Response to The great Mac OS X Software Update chart

  1. 'Deep says:

    Wow Paul – now that there is what I call geeky goodness!

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