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Apple introduces Mac OS X Snow Leopard

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Mon June 8, 2009

Snow Leopard introduced

Apple on Monday at the WWDC event launched the latest revision of its operating system, Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The software offers a number of refinements and improvements over 10.5 including faster speed, more efficient use of system resources, and 64-bit optimizations. Support for Exchange has been added, while installation is claimed to be 45-percent faster. The OS footprint has been cut in half, now taking up 6GB of storage due to file compression.

Preview is also faster, taking half the time to open JPEG files, while AI infers the structure of text selection in PDF files. The trackpad now supports drawing Chinese characters, confirming earlier leaks. Stacks are now scrollable and allow users to move into subfolders.

Users can magnify icons in real-time, using a new control in the icon view, while Expose can be used instead of shortcuts in the dock. Finder windows also use Expose, enabling functions such as file drag-and-drop directly to Mail.

Bertrand Serlet notes that all major Snow Leopard apps are now 64-bit. The operating system is the "final stage" for 64-bit code, designed to take advantage of increased memory capacity. The company has also introduced Grand Central Dispatch, a set of low- and high-level libraries optimized for multiple processor cores. Apps, when idle, will release threads for use by other processes.

OpenCL (Open Compute Language) support represents another major feature in the updated OS. The standard is based on C and enables video cards to be used for a variety additional tasks such as scientific or physics calculations.

Exchange support is instantaneous, providing immediate access through automatic discovery. iCal, Address Book and Mail will work with Exchange, along with ToDos and Data Detectors. Users can create meetings by dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal and picking a time slot. Availability of participants and conference rooms is processed automatically for the next available time.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard requires an Intel-based Mac and is expected to ship sometime in September. Leopard owners will be able to upgrade for $29, while a family pack will only cost $49. A developer preview will be available today.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    upgrade

    On the engadget page, they wrote: "Snow Leopard will be available for all Intel Macs -- past and present. How should it be priced? Leopard was $129 and they want all Leopard users to upgrade to Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard will be $29 for those users."

    Assuming that's a direct quote from the presenter, someone should tell him that Leopard runs on PPC macs, so you really can't get all Leopard users to upgrade.

  1. miawj

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    don't be so petty

    Normally, despite being a Mac fanboy, I agree more with Testudo than the APPLologists. But complaining about PPC users being excluded is just silly (and I'm one of the poor people who is facing having to spend the extra 750 to upgrade.)

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    re: upgrade

    Just going by the above quote, saying that "Snow Leopard will be available for all Intel Macs" does not mean "Snow Leopard will not run on non-Intel Macs". They (sigh, okay we) may or may not be excluded. The other side of the equation is what compelling reason do we PPC users have to want to buy Snow Leopard (if it's main advantage is optimization for Intel processors).

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  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -27

    Not interested...

    I have a MacPro (intel) and I will not be buying ANY operating system from Apple in the future that DOES not include Full BluRay Media Support. If they do not have by my next hardware upgrade, I will switch to Windows. Apple.. you have really screwed yourself with this.

  1. bmn

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    LOL

    Yeah because BluRay support is just sooooooo important! ROTFLMAO

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    blu-ray

    Right, because Apple has told us that physical media is dead. Therefore it is dead. You should be getting your "high" quality video from the Apple store. That's what you should be doing.

    And if physical media is dead, why does Apple keep shipping its computers with those blasted DVD drives? Who the h*** burns CDs/DVDs any more?

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Blu-ray

    Switching platforms because of blu-ray support? You've got to be kidding.

    I myself own a blu-ray drive as well as a PS3, and frankly Blu-ray support in Windows is a joke. $70 will get you some software that may or may not actually play the disc you just rented, depending on how the Copyright gods are feeling on that particular evening.

    And unless something has changed, it's not like Windows 7 will have native blu-ray support, either. So you're still left spending $70-100 extra for playback in a 3rd party app.

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Not ever computer...

    My friend has a Sony Computer that plays DVD's flawlessly all the time. Granted it is a Sony. But in all seriousness, it is a big deal. I mean.. You can edit High Def Video in Final Cut Pro, but you can't author a BluRay DVD without the help of purchasing Adobe. You could purchase Toast but I don' t call that Professional Authoring. On top of that, If you want to check the Blu-Ray DVD that you just offered.. Apple's Answer: Boot into Windows and check it from there???? wtf

  1. Dark Goob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Just got a Blu Ray drive

    And f*** it but personally, Apple is stupid. Pay whatever licensing fee they ask. WHO CARES? The fact is, Blu Ray is the standard for HD. Period.

    I finally just went out and bought a external Blu Ray burner at best buy and hook it up with a USB-Sata interface to my Macbook Pro. Run it in Toast and Encore. s**** Apple's "pro" apps... I'm a wedding videographer and I need to export into Blu Ray for my HD customers. Apple does not provide a solution BECAUSE THEY ARE RETARDED so s**** em!

  1. Dark Goob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Just got a Blu Ray drive

    And f*** it but personally, Apple is stupid. Pay whatever licensing fee they ask. WHO CARES? The fact is, Blu Ray is the standard for HD. Period.

    I finally just went out and bought a external Blu Ray burner at best buy and hook it up with a USB-Sata interface to my Macbook Pro. Run it in Toast and Encore. s**** Apple's "pro" apps... I'm a wedding videographer and I need to export into Blu Ray for my HD customers. Apple does not provide a solution BECAUSE THEY ARE RETARDED so s**** em!

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