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Mac OS X Snow Leopard to ship Aug. 28th

updated 08:55 am EDT, Mon August 24, 2009

Snow Leopard on Aug. 28

Validating rumors, Apple has formally announced that Mac OS X Snow Leopard will ship on August 28th, just ahead of its predicted September launch date. The software is a $29 upgrade for individual Leopard owners, or a $49 upgrade for people needing a five-license family pack. It can also be had with a new Mac computer, or as a part of the Mac Box Set, which bundles the latest versions of iLife and iWork. Single-user and family pack versions of the Box Set cost $169 and $229, respectively.

The OS introduces several underlying architecture changes, for instance removing PowerPC support, while updating all major applications to 64-bit code. Grand Central Dispatch is said to enable better use of multi-core processors, while OpenCL support allows video cards to speed up tasks outside of graphics. Protocol support also been expanded to encompass Microsoft Exchange, allowing access to the contact and calendar info through Mail, iCal and Address Book.

Snow Leopard further bundles Safari 4, and QuickTime X, which sports a minimalist interface along with improved video and decoding playback through support for GPU acceleration. The latter app can also handle HTTP video streaming, as in Safari. Some general changes in the Mac OS include faster wake and shutdown times, and tweaks to Expose and stacks, which change their operation and improve flexibility.

The software requires an Intel Mac with 1GB of RAM, 5GB of hard drive space and a DVD drive.

by MacNN Staff



  1. macdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shipping vs. Deliver?

    My order says "delivers Aug 28th"...

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I pre-ordered the family pack through Amazon. Wonder how quickly they will be able to fulfill

  1. JTHM

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Order online

    Avoid crowd congestions and order online, Apple has free shipping and supposedly we will get the delivery on Friday Aug28 if you place the order before Wednesday

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: order online

    Avoid crowds? Are you kidding? All the mac people want to do is cluster into crowds. Look at all the fools standing in line for iPhones when you could order it online. Or crowding in on an applestore opening ("Wow! It looks so much like all the other apple stores! But different!" "Check it out! The Genius Bar is off to the left here! At the Tyson's store it's on the right! What do you think it means!").

    But if you have some sense and want to avoid crowds, don't order from the Apple store. Order from Amazon. The price is by far cheaper, and though you won't get it the 28th, wait a week and spend labor day weekend installing it over and over again so you can bathe in the wonderous glory of faster installs and performing useless benchmarks to see how much faster this, that, or the other thing is. And then trying to figure out how come your MacPro can't boot into the 64-bit OS.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    1 GB RAM?

    They seriously say it only requires 1GB RAM? I know they supposedly did optimizations, but 1GB RAM? I guess if all you want to do is check your email and possibly run Safari (assuming you take your Flash plugins out).

  1. chulitomio

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: cheaper

    Apple Store: $29.00

    Shipping: Free

    Amazon: $29.00

    Shipping: Free

    Wrong, and self-righteously jerky Testudo, as most the time.

  1. wingdo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yes 1 GB RAM

    1GB RAM is the minimum requirement. That seems about right considering Leopard's minimum requirement was 512MB.

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  1. zaghahzag

    Joined: Dec 1969


    testudo is right

    The price might be the same, but he's right about apple fans liking to go to the store to get their 'i'm not along fix'. Sure, we're only 5-15% of the market, but when we gather in large crowds, we feel like we are on top of the world.

    with that said: I CAN'T WAIT TO GET SNOW LEOPARD!


  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: testudo

    It's funny how you can tell us what everyone else thinks, and how stupid everyone else is (while at the same time you're totally wrong about the Snow Leopard price at Amazon). You are a bitter, bitter person. What happened when you were a child to make you such a hater? Go seek help.

  1. cvachon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too expensive in Canada

    Snow Leopard on the US Apple Store: $29.00

    Snow Leopard on the Canadian Apple Store: $59.00

    Yes, that's almost double the price in Canada!!!

    At today's exchange rate, $29 USD converts to less than $32 CAD. Why is Apple overcharging its Canadian customers?

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