So, I dug up some real news on the Wrath boards. It seems that there was a little bit of panic when Mac users were crashing with some of the latest updates to WOW.
One poster, Nakos, claimed:
I suggest checking the Mac Tech Support forum for details, if you’re not a tester, you can’t post, but you can still read: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/board.html?sid=2000&forumId=7573591
Radoslawn is the Mac Q&A person and has been very helpful.
He’s said that he has not yet been given the technical specs for what the final release will require, but he will pass them on when he has them.
In particular, the most recent beta builds have included some corrupted models which cause the client to crash, those are still being tracked down.
Additionally, WotLK will have a new, vehicle interface, people using older Macs have been disconnected when using some aspects of this interface. This appears to affect PPC Macs, but not Intel Macs.
Radoslawn has said the graphics requirements of WotLK will probably be higher than the existing ones.
At this point, it seems that the beta client has not yet been optimized to run on the Mac, so some issues may be related to how the port is being done. It’s still early in the beta test, much will change prior to the expansion going live.
I looked into the issue of people having trouble installing patches on the Mac. Here is what Radoslawn suggests:
Seeing more of this issue as well, so let me list a few of the basics:
( but please post about the issue if these following steps won’t help, I’ll keep adding any procedures I missed )
I. Game has been moved
- if the game was moved from the initial place it was installed then the patch can’t find it
1. go to Macintosh HD => Users => Shared => Blizzard
2. delete the file : com.blizzard.World of Warcraft.prefs
3. start WotLK
II. Permissions have gotten corrupted
Please use the steps below to repair file permission settings
on the hard drive you have installed World of Warcraft.
1.) click on the Finder icon in the Dock
2.) open the Applications folder
3.) open the Utilities folder
4.) double click on the Disk Utility application icon
5.) select the hard drive the game is installed on
6.) select the First Aid option
7.) click on the Repair Disk Permissions button
- or -
1. Select the Wrath of the Lich King Beta folder
2. press Command + i
3. in the Wrath of the Lich King Beta Info box, go to the Sharing & Permissions section
4. click on the lock and unlock it
5. make sure you have Read & Write permissions
6. click on the Burst icon ( cog wheel ) and select Apply to enclosed items
III. Patch is corrupted
- Please, please, please do not use wireless if you can use a wired connection. Too many issues with wireless to list.
- delete patch and start download again
IV. Hard Drive Directory is corrupted
Repair Directory Procedure:
1. (re)start the computer
2. right after the computer starts press Cmd(Apple)+s until you get a black screen with white type
3. let go of the keys when this screen comes up
4. at the cursor please type the following: fsck -f -y and press return
5. please be aware that some of the procedures will look like they are frozen,
but are actually taking a long time i.e checking hierarchy
6. if anything had to be repaired, repeat step 4
7. once things are repaired type exit and press return
8. computer will boot into Mac OS
IV. Game is corrupted and cannot be overwritten ( last resort fix )
In order to remove World of Warcraft safely from your system, you will need to:
1. go to Mac HD/Applications folder and move your Wrath of the Lich King Beta to the Trash
2. go to your Mac HD/Users/Shared folder and move the Blizzard folder to the Trash
3. empty Trash
4. Install Wrath of the Lich King Beta, then download and install the patches
The offical link to this issue is: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=8557028338&sid=2000