Snow Leopard: Mac OS For the Masses ?

Apple Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard will be the next major release of Mac OS X v10.6, the Macintosh operating system developed and ‘nurtured’ by Apple, Inc.. It will succeed the current version named Leopard, v10.5, released in October 2007! Snow Leopard is scheduled to be launched ‘in about an year or so’ as stated by Mr. Bertrand Serlet, Senior VP of Software Engineering Apple Inc.

 

“We have delivered more than a thousand features to Mac OS X over the last five years. We are going to hit the pause button on new features [to focus on] foundational features”. That was Steve Jobs, about 10 days ago at WWDC 2008, speaking at the preview (covered under NDA). So, what are these ‘foundational features’ ? Well, Apple has done a great job of answering that! Even 12 months before launch, Apple has already unveiled features (fundamental, though) like OpenCL (Using Graphics Card for Processor computing purposes), Grand Central (Multi core Processor Support) and ZFS (New Enterprise Level File System) and smaller system footprint(lesser HDD space utilization)  among many others and without doubt these 12 months will see a plethora of more of these added!

 

But the point to ponder is why did Apple decided to take such a step when most people transition to Macintosh because of two reasons: 1. Features (Time Machine, iLife, Gorgeous GUI, etc.) & 2. Performance (which is already phenomenal) ? My guess  is that there were/are (possibly) two major reasons. First, Apple has a pretty clear vision of what’s coming in he next 2-4 years and its preparing for that. Second, Apple is planning to release their OS for the PC family (yup, thats what I mean ‘for the masses’). I know this is stupid but well why is Apple dropping PowerPC support when its trying to improve its performance for not-so-powerful computers. Also recent events like rebranding of .Mac (Apple’s internet SAAS) to MobileMe and making the service fully PC compatible also doesn’t help!

 

Its still a full 12 months before we see anything and a lot can happen in 365 days! So the only thing we can do is to wait for Apple to demystify the mystery behind this one! Time will tell……

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~ by Avi on June 22nd, 2008.

15 Responses to “Snow Leopard: Mac OS For the Masses ?”

  1. You can already run OS X on a PC.
    SSE3 or SSE4 equipped PC can also update like a real Mac.
    Whatever they decide, we will still have it running on non overpriced machines just fine.
    We will do so as long as it´s got Intel support.

  2. Snow Leopard is Faster than Leopard. The proof is I upgraded to it from Leopard on my osx86 PC. Yes PC! (if you are wondering how, here is the guide i used – http://www.taranfx.com/blog/?p=1744 )
    And I found it to be at-least 20% faster at all moments. And I love it.

  3. This must be one of the most misinforming articles i have read in awhile. First off Apple dropped PowerPC because it was not happy with it’s development, furthermore apple admitted to having been interested at what Intel was achieving. Click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple%E2%80%93Intel_transition#Reasons

    Numero DOS (2): apple makes most of its money selling hardware. which in turn let’s them sell their OS for 129 (leopard) and now 29 (10.6). PEOPLE READ! and if you don’t really know stop writing articles like these its a disservice to your fellow man to spread ignorance or plain stupidity. and if you see something stupid please speak-up or sound off ignorance ends now.

  4. This must be one of the most misinforming articles i have read in awhile. First off Apple dropped PowerPC because it was not happy with it’s development, furthermore apple admitted to having been interested at what Intel was achieving. Click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple%E2%80%93Intel_transition#Reasons

    Numero DOS (2): apple makes most of its money selling hardware. which in turn let’s them sell their OS for 129 (leopard) and now 29 (10.6). PEOPLE READ! and if you don’t really know stop writing articles like these its a disservice to your fellow man to spread ignorance or plain stupidity. and if you see something stupid please speak-up or sound off ignorance ends now.

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