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Mac OS X Snow Leopard Announced

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hey everyone, again we appologize for this massive delay, but we hope that you will forgive us. We had prepared for this for a long time, but remember we were going to try to post live as it happened, but that’s the problems live shows have. So I once more appologize.

Anyways, let’s get back to WWDC coverage.

Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies, out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange and new accessibility features. Snow Leopard will ship as an upgrade for Mac OS X Leopard users in September 2009 for $29.

“We’ve built on the success of Leopard and created an even better experience for our users from installation to shutdown,” said Bertrand Serlet. “Apple engineers have made hundreds of improvements so with Snow Leopard your system is going to feel faster, more responsive and even more reliable than before.”

To create Snow Leopard, Apple engineers focused on perfecting the world’s most advanced operating system, refining 90 percent of the more than 1,000 projects in Mac OS X. Users will notice a more responsive Finder™; Mail that loads messages 85 percent faster and conducts searches up to 90 percent faster;* Time Machine® with up to 50 percent faster initial backup;* a Dock with Expose integration; a 64-bit version of Safari® 4 that boosts the performance of the Nitro JavaScript engine by up to 50 percent** and is resistant to crashes caused by plug-ins.

Snow Leopard also includes an all new QuickTime® X, with a redesigned player that allows users to easily view, record, trim and share video to YouTube, MobileMe™ or iTunes®. Snow Leopard is half the size of the previous version and frees up to 6GB 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 to take advantage of multicore processors.

GCD is integrated throughout Snow Leopard, from new system-wide APIs to high-level frameworks and programming language extensions, improving responsiveness across the system. OpenCL, a C-based open standard, allows developers to tap the incredible power of the graphics processing unit for tasks that go beyond graphics.

Also, Apple has also decided to include Multi-touch into Mac OS X Snow Leopard even more. They have added character recognition just like on the iPhone.

More features include a new dock which has Expose built in and a completely rewritten Finder written entirely in cocoa, thus bringing even more features to it.

Over all Mac OS X Snow Leopard is a must have upgrade to me. A $29 ugrade from Leopard is a great investment. Not to mention you get 6GB back onto your HD. For Tiger customers with an intel computer it is $160. Will be released in September.(Before Windows 7)

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