Apple has confirmed that its Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard will go on sale this Friday, August 28, at Apple retail stores and authorised resellers. The company has also announced that its online store is now accepting pre-orders for the new OS.
According to Apple, the Snow Leopard comes 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 $39.
Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Bertrand Serlet said, “Snow Leopard builds on our most successful operating system ever and we’re happy to get it to users earlier than expected. For just $39, Leopard users get a smooth upgrade to the world’s most advanced operating system and the only system with built in Exchange support.”
The new Snow Leopard OS promises a more responsive Finder, Mail that loads messages up to twice as fast, Time Machine with an up to 80 percent faster initial backup, a Dock with Expos_ 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.
The 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 will also go on sale Friday, 28 August. Snow Leopard Server includes innovative new features such as Podcast Producer 2 and Mobile Access Server and is priced at $699 with unlimited client licenses.
Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard will be available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard on 28 August at Apple’s retail stores and through Apple Authorised Resellers, and online pre-orders can be made through Apple’s online store (www.apple.com/au) starting today.
The Snow Leopard single user license will be available for a recommended retail price of $39 and the Snow Leopard Family Pack, a single household, five-user license, will be available for a recommended retail price of $69. 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 recommended retail price of $229 and a Family Pack is available for a recommended retail price of $299.