If you’re someone who cares about this then you probably already know that Apple will be releasing OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard this coming Friday. Amazon has had the software available for pre-order for awhile now, but now the Apple store has it listed for pre-order with a Aug 28 delivery date.
I pre-ordered from Amazon and at that time Amazon was promising delivery on the release date. Now they’re back to their normal shipping options without a promise for release date delivery.
This marks a milestone in Apple’s history and it’s a milestone many other software companies fail to reach. Apple announced a September release which most people (myself included) took to mean Sept 30th, or at best Sept 25th which would be the last Friday of the month. In this case Apple decided to go with “September means August”. What you think? Apple throwing Microsoft a bone with an early release to give the hype time to die out before the Windows 7 release?
Snow Leopard cuts the cord with the Power PC (PPC) processors and is only for Intel Macs. Along those lines it’s main claims to fame are improved performance and technology updates.
You’ll want to update your apps to universal binaries where ever possible before upgrading to Snow Leopard. Word is that one way OS X improves performance and uses less space is by not installing Rosetta by default (although it’s still available as an optional installation). Rosetta is used to run PPC binaries on Intel Macs.
Other improvements includes more 64-bit apps among the included apps and Mail now supports Exchange. OS X 10.6 will also include the full version of QuickTime rather than just the player.
I haven’t decided if the Aug 28th release date is good or bad for me. It’s good because with my recent Mac problems a fresh re-install isn’t much of a problem for me. It’s bad because new software will have all new bugs and I’m not sure I want to deal with that now. I had already planned to take Monday off from work so I have a long weekend this weekend. I hadn’t really planned to spend it in front of the PC, but assuming Amazon keeps it’s promise and delivers on the 28th I may not be able to resist. I haven’t even begun researching my apps for Snow leopard compatibility so if I do go it may be a bumpy ride.