OS X Snow Leopard Roundup

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brandonwalkermedia

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Jeff

So most sites I have read say the PowerPC users are the ones to suffer, if rumers are true and this is to be for the multi core chips I am out of luck as well with a 2 year old macbook. INTEL CORE DUO is out with this update as well.

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Sally

Then call me......... I have had one mac book pro replaced and now probably this one..... I love the old macs... I don't like Leopard..I love it but it killed my computer,.. now they ARE GOING to fix it with Snowbird.... they should have fixed it before seling it and ruining everyone's computers... seems like they want those pc people sooooooo bad. And look what is happening..... all the iPhone problems, now already new system, all for the pc people... ruh windows on a mac...??? how silly.. that is why I have a mac.. to get rid of all that crud. so, with a bit of moolah, I'll trade ya... I have a brand new mac book pro...... rather have my G4 on Tiger. LOL, sally

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Mike Simon

While Grand Central optimizes Snow Leopard for multiple core processors, that doesn't mean that first-gen Intel Macs won't benefit. If it's an Intel-only release it'll be for all Intel Macs, and they will all see a boost (albeit some more than others).

Besides, the system requirements for the Developer's Preview simply called for an Intel processor.

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Anonymous

I am using Mac Os X Snow Leopard And it rocks!!!

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Anonymous

Snow Leopard(OS 10.5) hasn't been released yet. You are probably reffering to Leopard (OS 10.5), Apple's current operating system.

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Laird Popkin

There's always strong pressure from the product marketing folks to pile in new features to sell, so it takes a strong sense of discipline to invest in solid foundations. So it's a good sign that Apple is investing in core technologies. Incorporating fundamental new technologies such as ZFS, vector graphics, and SproutCore enable application developers to make dramatic advances, which are are ultimately far more interesting than more user-visible features. It's also being done in a strategically smart way - by making the Mac the best standards-based platform Apple is dominating the developer world (at any major tech conference the developers and CTO's are all using Mac laptops). And if everyone is building based on open standards, that prevents Microsoft and Adobe from being able to lock users into proprietary platforms, keeping Apple in the game.

The one improvement that might turn out to be the biggest deal in the long run is integrating multi-touch into the mainstream Mac OS. This doesn't mean much for the current Mac hardware, because multi-touch on a touchpad isn't very useful, but it would enable Apple to launch (in effect) a new, multi-touch based general purpose computing platform that could be the first real advance in human-computer interaction for computer users, allowing Apple to leapfrog the rest of the computer industry the same way the iPhone leapt past the "smart phone" industry. This is a huge challenge, though. Numerous failures of pen-based computing demonstrate that adding a new user interaction model into an existing GUI fails with users (e.g. a pen or a finger are terrible if they're just used as a bad keyboard and mouse). So Apple would have to not only launch a new round of Mac hardware that provides multi-touch, but redo the Finder and Apple's applications to 'feel right' for multi-touch, and also convince developers to re-do their GUI's to suit. This would be a HUGE transition that would be very difficult and risky, but would have the potential to leave Apple dominant for the next wave of computing hardware. And we've been stuck in the "WIMP" model (windows, icons, menues, pointing device) invented in the 1960's for far too long. It's time for us to move computing into the future.

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Anonymous

You seem to have forgotten that Apple put multi-touch on the MacBook Pros as well, and the iPod touch but I was going to let that fall into the iPhone category.

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DrOct

Great round up but from what I understand of everything you've kind of glossed over a few things and made a few things a bit unclear...

Grand Central: From what I understood this was a separate tech to Apples implementation of OpenCL, and will be used to make it easier for software developers to write for multiple cores. As I understand it, OpenCL is a separate issue to Grand Central (both neat, and both convenient to developers though!)

Safari: The way you have it phrased it sounds like you're saying we'll getting "the fastest implementation of Javascript ever." And on top of that also a switch to squirrelfish (which speeds up javascript interpretation). But as I understand it, the whole reason the next Safari will have such fast javascript interpretation is BECAUSE of squirrelfish, not in addition to it. I've also never heard a solid confirmation that we'll have to wait for Safari 4 for that. It's already in the Webkit nightly's (from what I understand) so there's a real chance it'll get rolled into a future update of Safari 3, long before Snow Leopard comes out.

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Michael Simon

The way I understand it is that OpenCL is the train and Grand Central is the station that receives each task as it arrises, shuttling off code to the best processor to handle the task. Perhaps I could have explained the correlation between them better, but they're certainly related, as far as I can tell. And I wasn't entirely sure that Apple's bold Javascript claim was solely related to Squirrelfish, which is why I separated the two. Again, though, I should have been clearer. Thanks for you comments!

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Richard Dalziel-Sharpe

Lets hope that Apple fix the Finder in Snow Leopard. At the time of its invention in 1984 it was a miracle.
It is showing its age now and is badly in need of a major overhaul. There are many 3rd party addons that refine it. So may I suggest that Apple buy out the best of these and roll them into a 21st century Finder, after all they do have the dough

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Sally

Well, I don't know... I'd pay $300 to fix all the problems of Leopard. Leopard ate my iTunes, iPhoto and turned all my gifs into jpegs.... and you window users hahaha... please apple.... we are your loyal mac freaks..... never in ten years of using a mac did I need support. Not until Mac started trying so hard to get windows people and with Leopard???? Pity... I went back to Tiger on one machine, and two more are Leopard. I get no animated slide shows,... I can only see an animation in mail sometimes or if I use aol.. I don't know why apple did not fix everything before they sold it and now for what? a new system? Please apple... give us animation, make sure product is working before you sell it.. you have changed so much now assembling in China, I used pc at work for years,. Since I retired at 45 ten years ago have only touched a mac and love love love love them..... until Leopard ate everything and am still trying and fixing and finding and iTunes gave meagain... apple come home.... hahaha...... pc people..... hahaha.... why does Mac have to be like a pc... I wouldn't put anything microsoft on because until all the windows people got in, we never had a virus... well.... oh boy that is changing..... too bad really... I still love it and hope snowbird will be better and hope apple comes back to the US . I don't care if they charge more but they aren't the same as before..... mac freak, sally

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Partners in Grime

Bet we'll see Snow Leopard in far less than 7 years.

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Anonymous

HAHA No kidding.
I'm psyched to see what Grand Central and the streamlining of the OS do for the performance of OS X.
It will be the antithesis of Vista.

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