updated 03:50 pm EDT, Tue April 21, 2009
S. Leopard tests quicken
The testing process behind Mac OS X Snow Leopard is accelerating, say closely-involved sources. The first developer build is noted to have been released last June, with a second arriving four months later. Subsequent builds were typically seeded in intervals of four to six weeks, but a new build, expected to deploy this week, should come only three weeks after the previous one.
The upcoming release is expected to be labeled 10A335, and possibly include some of the aesthetic changes rumored for the operating system. Such changes could be essential to implement now for a polished presentation at WWDC 2009. The build may also incorporate an early version of Remote Desktop 3.3, testing out its Snow Leopard compatibility.
It remains uncertain when Snow Leopard will actually ship, though analysts and observers are currently suggesting an August-September timeframe.