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Apple Announces Snow Leopard Launch Date

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So it will beat Windows 7 out the door...

"Apple today announced that Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard will go on sale Friday, August 28 at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers, and that Apple's online store is now accepting pre-orders," stated the company in a formal release. "Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. Snow Leopard will be available as an upgrade for Mac OS X Leopard users for $29."

What are these innovations? To recap: highlights include support for Microsoft Exchange server, all core apps now written in 64bit (Mail and Time Machine benefit substantially), GPU-exploiting OpenCL and Grand Central Dispatch tech to assist app optimisation with multicore CPUs.

On top of this Finder has been rewritten to produce more accurate and faster results, QuickTime X gets a UI overhaul along with basic video editing tools and uploading functionality. Handwriting recognition is added to multi-touch Mac trackpads and Snow Leopard will have just half the install footprint of Leopard, saving 6GB of drive space. It is however Intel only.

Yes, these are more tweaks than revelations. Apple itself describes Snow Leopard as a "Finely tuned" version of Leopard. Consequently, I suspect some will scoff at the $29 (£25) fee ($49 {£39} for a three licence family pack) for what could potentially be described as a Service Pack. By contrast, many may consider Windows 7 the long overdue service pack for Windows Vista (and at greater cost) so we'll leave it up to you guys to argue with one another.

Either way, PCs and Macs are both about to get substantially better - and that (surely we can all agree?) is a good thing...

Link:
Apple UK Snow Leopad Pre-order Page

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