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Apple Confirms Early Snow Leopard Launch

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Apple Confirms Early Snow Leopard Launch

It's likely to be the most incremental of the OS X updates so far, but 10.6 - dubbed 'Snow Leopard' - is still eagerly anticipated and now we know when you'll be able to get it...

Speaking at LISA '08 (Large Installation System Administration Conference) last week, Apple's Director of Engineering of Unix Technologies (ADEUT?) Jordan Hubbard was the man to spill the means explaining that users will get it during the fairly wide release timeframe of 'Q1 2009'. He then stuck up this large slide to emphasise the point:

Perhaps the most interesting aspect however is for once a company is actually looking to ship an OS ahead of schedule (Microsoft please take notes). After all, when formally unveiled at June's WWDC Apple had hinted Snow Leopard would take a full year from then to make its way into stores. Of course it also solidifies the notion that the OS is more of an optimisation and fine tuning exercise (multi-core CPU and GPU processing at the core aspects) than the revolutionary turns seen in Tiger 10.4 and (less so) Leopard 10.5.

So is Mac OS X sneaking ever further ahead of much maligned Vista or will the so-far promising Windows 7 drag it all back? We'll know this time next year...

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via MacRumours

ChaosDefinesOrder

November 20, 2008, 12:41 am

yet another service pack that apple charges full price for?





Seriously if M$ tried to charge 70 quid for XP service packs 1 through 3 everyone would have an absolute fit, but Apple gets away with it for Tiger and Leopard etc...

Francesco Mastellone

November 20, 2008, 2:01 am

Doesn't look to me like Microsoft integrated GPGPU functionalities in Vista, let alone in XP service packs. So just wait for Snow Leopard to ship and then we'll talk.

btother14

November 20, 2008, 3:13 am

Ok first off there are rumors that it might cost only $79.99 American dollars. Not the regular $129.99.





Second off is these are service packs. These add way more features and benifits then M$'s service packs. Their service packs are free because the original version should have had the fixes/ speed improvements.





Thirdly 10.4 brought over 200 improvements and 10.5 brought over 300 improvements. Since the original 10.0 apple has added over 1000 improvements. 10.6 is laying a foundation for more improvements in the future.





So many people rely on their computer hardware to do the majority of their work. Thing is their software programs aren't written properly and they could be using all 8 cores and using the 200 plus cores on the graphics card. Snow leopard is here to take advantage of the that.

Pbryanw

November 20, 2008, 3:58 am

@Chaos - if XP SP2 offered as much new functionality as Leopard did over Tiger, then maybe Microsoft would be right to charge &#16370 for it. As it is, I thought we would have a few more posts before this thread descended into an OS X vs Windows argument.





Hopefully, with Snow Leopard being so similar to Leopard, Apple won't charge the usual &#16370 fee for it - here's hoping to a half-price upgrade.

Gordon394

November 20, 2008, 7:08 am

Must admit, seriously tempted to try life with Mac OS X for a while...

AndyR

November 20, 2008, 1:58 pm

Go for it Gordon!! You'll love it, and for some reason if you don't just sell the Mac and go back to Windows. Mac's hold there value extremely well so its a minimal risk experience.

Pbryanw

November 20, 2008, 5:34 pm

Go on Gordon, feel the power of the dark side ;)

MadMacs

November 20, 2008, 8:03 pm

Gordon, one you go Mac, you'll never go back...





Says me, typing this on a hi-spec MacBook Pro running the Windows 7 pre-Beta on Boot Camp. But seriously, OS X 10.6 is the way forward.

Gordon394

November 20, 2008, 8:17 pm

@Pbryanw, @Pbryanw, @Shaun - that's what I fear... but I like laptop manufacturer freedom.

Oliver Levett

November 22, 2008, 3:40 am

"Thirdly 10.4 brought over 200 improvements and 10.5 brought over 300 improvements. Since the original 10.0 apple has added over 1000 improvements. 10.6 is laying a foundation for more improvements in the future."





Swap "improvements" for "missing features" and I think you may be closer.





"Hopefully, with Snow Leopard being so similar to Leopard, Apple won't charge the usual &#16370 fee for it - here's hoping to a half-price upgrade."





Charging anything for such a small update seems ridiculous!

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