Early 2009 Release for the Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6
Article by George Norman
On 19 Nov 2008
Jordan Hubbard, director of engineering of Unix Technologies with Apple, during a Mac OS X presentation at the Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA for short) has unwittingly revealed to the whole world that the upcoming Snow Leopard operating system will drop within the first quarter of 2009. The presentation that he made is available in .pdf format here, and as you can see it clearly says the Mac OS X release date is Q1 2009.

At this point it is believed that Apple did not intentionally want to set a release date and that the whole thing is an unintentional mistake. Cockup or not, the info is out in the open and we are just glad that we have a more accurate release time table, as opposed to the “sometime next year” statement provided by Apple at the Worldwide Developers Conference. I am assuming that spirits will flare if Q1 2009 comes and goes and we still have no Snow Leopard operating system running on our machines.


Bertrand Serlet, senior vice president of Software Engineering with Apple comments: “We have delivered more than a thousand new features to OS X in just seven years, and Snow Leopard lays the foundation for thousands more. In our continued effort to deliver the best user experience, we hit the pause button on new features to focus on perfecting the world’s most advanced operating system.”

With the 10.6 iteration of the Mac OS X, Apple will have two major goals in mind: improve the overall quality of the software product, and provide it with enhanced performance. What this means is that Apple will focus on offering better multi-core processor support and improved GPU processing. Another are of interest with the Snow Leopard is the completely Cocoa re-written Finder. All we have to do know is wait and see if Apple will indeed release Mac OS X 10.6 in the first three months of 2009.

Tags: Apple, Mac OS X, Snow Leopard
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