that's not the only major OS that's launching this fall. This week at
Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in California, the company
announced that its long awaited OS X Snow Leopard operating system
would be shipping in September, undercutting Microsoft's own debut by a
solid month. Apple already told us that Snow Leopard was less about
being a completely new OS and more about refining the innovations in OS
X Leopard, but we never imagined it would get priced as such.
Instead of charging folks $129 as usual, Apple will sell Snow Leopard
for just $29 if you already own Leopard. That's right -- a new OS for
$29. We haven't heard what Microsoft plans on charging for Windows 7,
but we can guarantee you even the upgrade rates from Vista to 7 will be
well above $29. As for Snow Leopard itself, users can expect a more
responsive Finder, Mail that loads messages some 85% faster, quicker
Time Machine backups and a 64-bit version of Safari 4. The OS will also
ship with QuickTime X, a redesigned player that'll make viewing
YouTube, MobileMe or iTunes media much simpler.
There's also an architecture that relies much more heavily on a 64-bit
platform, which Apple asserts will lead to significant boosts in
performance all around. There's also OpenCL support, Exchange Server
2007 support and Grand Central Dispatch (GCD), which is described as "a
revolutionary new way for software to take advantage of multicore
processors." OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will cost Leopard users just $29,
while the upgrade from Tiger will run $169.