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Snow Leopard set for release on August 28!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Chris Blount, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. Chris Blount

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    CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple® today announced that Mac OS® X v10.6 Snow Leopard(TM) 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. 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.


    "Snow Leopard builds on our most successful operating system ever and we're happy to get it to users earlier than expected," said Bertrand Serlet, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "For just $29, Leopard users get a smooth upgrade to the world's most advanced operating system and the only system with built in Exchange support."

    To create Snow Leopard, Apple engineers refined 90 percent of the more than 1,000 projects that make up Mac OS X. Users will notice refinements including a more responsive Finder(TM); Mail that loads messages up to twice as fast;* Time Machine® with an up to 80 percent faster initial backup;* a Dock with Expose® integration; QuickTime® X with a redesigned player that allows users to easily view, record, trim and share video; and a 64-bit version of Safari® 4 that is up to 50 percent** faster and resistant to crashes caused by plug-ins. Snow Leopard is half the size of the previous version and frees up to 7GB of drive space once installed.

    For the first time, system applications including Finder, Mail, iCal®, iChat® and Safari are 64-bit and Snow Leopard's support for 64-bit processors makes use of large amounts of RAM, increases performance and improves security while remaining compatible with 32-bit applications. Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) provides a revolutionary new way for software developers to write applications that take advantage of multicore processors. OpenCL, a C-based open standard, allows developers to tap the incredible power of the graphics processing unit for tasks that go beyond graphics.

    Snow Leopard is the only desktop operating system with built in support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and it allows you to use Mac OS X Mail, Address Book and iCal to send and receive email, create and respond to meeting invitations, and search and manage contacts with global address lists. Exchange information works seamlessly within Snow Leopard so users can also take advantage of OS X only features such as fast Spotlight® searches and Quick Look previews.

    Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard, the next major release of the world's easiest to use server operating system, will also go on sale Friday, August 28. Snow Leopard Server includes innovative new features such as Podcast Producer 2 and Mobile Access Server and is priced more affordably than ever at $499 with unlimited client licenses. More information and full system requirements for Snow Leopard Server can be found at www.apple.com/server/macosx/.

    Pricing & Availability

    Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard will be available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard on August 28 at Apple's retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers, and online pre-orders can be made through Apple's online store (www.apple.com) starting today. The Snow Leopard single user license will be available for a suggested retail price of $29 (US) and the Snow Leopard Family Pack, a single household, five-user license, will be available for a suggested price of $49 (US). For Tiger® users with an Intel-based Mac®, the Mac Box Set includes Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife® '09 and iWork® '09 and will be available for a suggested price of $169 (US) and a Family Pack is available for a suggested price of $229 (US).
     
  2. Stewart Vernon

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    It's hard to find real info on this... but will the upgrade really be available in Apple Retail Stores?

    I ask because... when I bought my iMac earlier this year, I was eligible for the iLife Up-to-Date '09... and was even told at the time of my iMac purchase I could pick it up in the store... but once it became available I was told the store didn't get anything but the full version and the new preload for system purchases.

    I'm hoping Snow Leopard will be different, as I'd much rather go pick it up and take home the same day than mail-order when the price will be the same.
     
  3. ttubbiola

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    I believe if you pre-order it on Amazon it will arrive the same day as the release.
     
  4. Chris Blount

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    From what I've read it should be available in the Apple retail stores.
     
  5. Stewart Vernon

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    I may consider the Amazon option as well... I forgot they were also taking orders. I'd save the sales tax that way.

    I'm normally one of those want-it-now people, and if I wasn't driving would have the box open in the car on the way home.
     
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    Even when I am driving the box is still somehow opened ;)
     
  7. Chris Blount

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    I just got a note from Amazon. I pre-ordered Snow Leopard back on August 1st. The new delivery date is 1 Sep. I guess I will have to wait a few days.

    Bummer. I was hoping Amazon would have it available on the release date.
     
  8. Ron Barry

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    I just got an email from Apple saying it will be in retail stores and you can order if from Apple by Wednesday and get it on the Friday with free shipping.
     
  9. Zellio

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    What made them think up 'Snow Leapord'? Seriously? That is as bad as the Ubuntu nickname scheme for each new version...
     
  10. Stewart Vernon

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    Wonder where my email is! I signed up to be notified... maybe I'll consider that option.
     
  11. Stewart Vernon

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    I wondered that myself... but I've given up trying to figure out where Windows 7 comes from... By my count, I can't figure any way to come up with Windows 7 even if I count NT-server releases separate from home user OS releases.

    (Windows NT 4.0 was followed by Windows 2000, Windows 2003, and Windows Vista... which by my count would make this year Windows 8 if you counted from their server OS releases. If you count from home users it is even worse).
     
  12. Ron Barry

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    Guess it is not as cool as LongHorn, Memphis, or Mojave. It has always been a thing in software industry to put code names to OSs as they carry a lot more pizazz than OS X 10.6.

    Obviously Apply at the moment is using big cat names...
     
  13. Zellio

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    Actually, If you count Windows 1.0 to 3.1.... It would be more closer to Windows 50.
     
  14. Shades228

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    You didn't get the memo? Windows ME was a practical joke and not considered a Windows product.
     
  15. elaclair

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    Debian is using characters from Toy Story, so I guess it just depends on what nickname well you go to. Here where I work all our systems are Star Trek based names....my test box is named red-shirt :)
     
  16. Stewart Vernon

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    It's funny... I like the picture of the Snow Leopard, but don't necessarily like it as the name for an OS.

    Then again, I don't care if it delivers on what it promises... keys to me being: More native 64-bit including the core OS apps + faster/leaner footprint by being Intel-only and not trying to be PPC-retro-compatible.

    A lot of the other stuff will be gravy... and I actually won't get the OpenCL perks since my iMac doesn't have one of the listed/supported cards.
     
  17. djlong

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    Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 are easy. Win 95 was '4', XP was '5', Vista was '6' - hence Windows 7.

    The server products were their own separate version from NT 3.5 until XP introduced the same codebase.

    If memory serves, Windows 7 will be the underlying code for Windows Server 2010 (or whatever the next is after 2008)
     
  18. fluffybear

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    Looking this over, Snow Leopard appears to be an upgrade only from Leopard (10.5). Those of us who elected not to upgrade to Leopard (We have Tiger (10.4) on a MAC the kids tend to use) appear to be out of luck..
     
  19. Stewart Vernon

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    But that leaves out Windows 98 and Windows Me.

    Also, I'm never sure how to count the "Home" or "Workstation" versions... Because if we are to count Vista Home as a proper home-user version... then it seems like Windows 2000 Workstation should count too.

    In any event it's all semantics really... and they just keep changing their numbering scheme to the public which makes it confusing. Doesn't bother me, but is definitely confusing.
     
  20. Ron Barry

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    Ok guys.. Wondering off topic here.... ;)
     

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