Snow Leopard Coming August 28

Apple’s latest version of its operating system, v10.6 Snow Leopard, will be available this Friday

Apple newest Snow Leopard OS will go on sale Friday, 28 August at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers, and that Apple’s online store is now accepting pre-orders.

To create Snow Leopard, Apple engineers refined 90 percent of the more than 1,000 projects that make up Mac OS X. Users will notice refinements including a more responsive Finder; Mail that loads messages up to twice as fast; Time Machine with an up to 80 percent faster initial backup; a Dock with Exposé integration; QuickTime X with a redesigned player that allows users to view, record, trim and share video; and a 64-bit version of Safari 4 that is up to 50 percent faster and resistant to crashes caused by plug-ins.

Snow Leopard is half the size of the previous version and frees up to 7GB of drive space once installed.

The new version will be available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard. The Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorised Reseller between 8 June, 2009 and the end of the program on 26 December, 2009. Snow Leopard requires a minimum of 1GB of RAM and is designed to run on any Mac computer with an Intel processor.