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Rumor: Current Snow Leopard build is GM? [U]

updated 07:15 pm EDT, Tue August 11, 2009

Snow Leopard Golden Master

The recent Mac OS X Snow Leopard build, 10A432, has allegedly reached the Golden Master stage, according to the French site Mac4Ever. Several "knowledgeable sources" claim the latest version seeded to developers is the final copy and ready for mass production on DVDs.

If the sources are accurate, the Golden Master build could indicate the company is on-track for its expectation of a September release. Apple has not yet announced a specific day for initial availability, however.

OS X 10.6 boasts a wide range of enhancements and improvements over its predecessor, along with 64-bit optimizations and a much smaller footprint. The company has worked to improve speeds for Preview and Finder, while users will be able to magnify icons in real-time.

Snow Leopard also brings a new architecture, Grand Central Dispatch, that aims to optimize processing on multi-core systems. OpenCL support will allow video cards to be used for other tasks such as physics or scientific calculations.

Apple is set to ship Snow Leopard ahead of its rival, Windows 7. The upgrade pricing is also competitive, as upgrades from 10.5 are available for just $29. Customers can purchase a family pack with three license for $49.

Update: Several sources have chimed in to claim that the current build has not declare "GM".

by MacNN Staff



  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    a new Mac for 29.95!!!!

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If the build has already hit GM, then I would expect it to be released around the beginning of September.

    I would have expected though Apple to seed another complete build (instead of an update) to test out a GM seed before releasing it to the public.

  1. gmsmith

    Joined: Dec 1969



    dagamer34: I agree...I would have expected that as well. I am guessing we will see at least 1 more build...maybe more.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Software Update?

    10a432 could very well be the GM, as other beta seeds were distributed through software update -- the developers and beta testers didn't need to download a whole new build of Snow Leopard like they did with Tiger and Leopard every time an new build was issued, as the new builds were distributed through SU.

    10a432 is not available via Software Update.

    GM? Who knows? Are those two things (SU and GM) related?

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: su

    Can't see how they're related at all. It would be very odd, however, to go GM without a release candidate first. It's the whole point of the RC.

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