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Apple has quietly added the ability to burn CD recordable media to Mac OS X. The feature is part of the 10.0.2 patch which slipped out yesterday. Apple was widely criticised for omitting the capability from the initial OS X release in March - particularly as it meant that Apple could only fulfill two thirds of the promise it makes made in its global ad campaign - 'Rip. Mix. Burn' - in its new OS.

It's the second patch to OS X in six weeks and near enough fulfills Steve Jobs' promise to add CD burning by the end of April. Apple also offered an updated iTunes yesterday to take advantage of the capability.

The OS X update is a 15MB download, considerably larger than the 3MB 10.0.1 update, and it's not cumulative: the first patch is required by the second.

According to a release note, it also boasts "a number of improvements for overall application stability" and a more secure ftp server daemon.

And according to some reports, the new patch contains considerable performance improvements over the first. We'd like to think this is true - it doesn't feel any slower - but after only a morning's work it's too early to say.

OS X has taken some heat for being sluggish, but on our hardware it's clear that the Finder alone deserves most of the responsibility for this perception. The OS X shell simply isn't very responsive, blocking and queueing user operations so even experienced users can find themselves clicking at menus like proverbial demented monkeys. That probably isn't going to be fixed until the Finder application becomes a truly native Cocoa app. And we don't think that likely to happen before OS X is due to be shipped preloaded on Macs in July. ®

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