Apple have officially announced the latest version of their operating system called Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which is not only packed with speed and performance improvements – but quicker to market than expected, with shipping to begin in a few days on August 28.
Snow Leopard also includes a next generation 64-bit media player called QuickTime X, which sports a new uncluttered interface and boasts a 2.4x faster launch speed. QuickTime can now capture video and audio through your built-in webcam and microphone, trim media and easily send your creations to iTunes or upload them to YouTube for sharing.
Unfortunately, OS X 10.6 does condemn our PowerPC Macs to an untimely obsolescence, as it only supports the newer Intel-based Macs (look for “About This Mac” in the Finder if you’re unsure). If you meet this unfortunate requirement, a single user upgrade is well worth its small $29.00 ($49.00 for the family pack) price tag. For a full app upgrade, the new Snow Leopard inclusive Mac Box Sets are also available for $169 (single) and $229 (family) coupled with both iLife ‘09 and iWork ‘09.
The new OS, along with the updated Mac Box Sets are available now on pre-order at Amazon.com with shipping to commence on August 28. If you’re in the UK, Amazon.co.uk are also stocking the lineup, with Snow Leopard priced at £23.99 / £39.00 and the latest Mac Box Sets for £129 / £179.
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Apple Unleashes A Faster Big Cat originally appeared on Mark’s Technology News
Originally posted 2009-08-27 17:08:27.