Snow Leopard To Be Released by Apple on Aug 28, Ahead of Schedule
The wait is over for Apple fans, as Apple has announced that it plans to release Snow Leopard, the newest Mac OS X operating system, on August 28, which Apple previously planned to ship in September.
Snow Leopard contains many new features, including greater speed, but with a smaller technological footprint. Snow Leopard installation takes up approximately 6GB less than its predecessors.
The early release of Snow Leopard may give Apple a sales boost as students head back to school, since Microsoft does not plan to release Windows 7 until October.
Among Snow Leopard's most prominent new technologies are a transition to 64-bit applications; Grand Central Dispatch, which lets multicore machines take better advantage of those capabilities; and OpenCL, a system that allows Macs to use graphic processors for improved performance.
In addition, Snow Leopard builds in support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in Mail, Address Book, and iCal, allowing users to seamlessly take advantage of those services in their e-mail, calendaring, and contact management.