Wed, 26 Aug 2009 First Look: Apple Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
First Mac OS not to run on PowerPC-based Macs previewed
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Pros: Promises to refine, further simplify and speed up the Mac OS X experience, relatively nominal price.
- Cons: Some of the under-the-hood updates may be missed by many users, or seen as nothing more than a lot of plumbing fixes.
- Min specs: Mac computer with an Intel processor; 1GB of memory; 5GB of available disk space; DVD drive for installation.
- Price: £25, £39 Family Pack, Mac Box Set £129, £179 Family Pack
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Macworld Buying Advice
We're glad Apple put the brakes on marketing-driven feature bloat. Going in and overhauling the foundations and frameworks is a great idea - and something Microsoft is partly doing with Windows 7 in an attempt to woo disgruntled Vista and satisfied XP users. We're also glad that Apple is charging a relatively nominal price. Buyers might feel stung if they had to pay £100 or so for what a lot of users would see as nothing more than a lot of plumbing fixes. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, of course. If Apple's goal with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is to lay a foundation for future growth, a lot will depend on adoption, both by users and developers. The more of each, it seems, the more benefits to all. But the early signs are good.