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It looks like the rumors may be true--Apple could be debuting Snow Leopard at this year’s Macworld Expo after all. The company and its partners have been dropping hints to developers that its new operating system will ship earlier than expected.
The new Snow Leopard will debut technology that will increase processing power without having to make any significant changes to the hardware. The new technology will include Grand Central, designed to make efficient use of the Intel processors, and OpenCL, which was developed by Apple to tap into the power of the graphics processor (GPU).
Apple could be pushing for an earlier launch because Microsoft is working on the next version of its own operating system, Windows 7. There could be a rush to beat the competitors to the punch before the proposed release of Windows 7 in June.
Though Snow Leopard could be one of the highlights at Macworld, the software won’t be available to consumers until a few months later.