Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program: Buy Now, Upgrade Later
Article by George Norman
On 16 Jun 2009
Apple, at the 2009 WWDC announced to the world that the next iteration of its operating system, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will be released this September and the upgrade will set Mac OS X 10.5 users back $29 and Mac OS X 10.4 users back $169. In a move that resembles Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Program , the Cupertino-based company has launched the MAC OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program.

The MAC OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program states that if you purchase a new Mac or Xserve on or after the 8th of June, you will be eligible to receive an upgrade DVD for $9.95 (shipping included). Just like Microsoft and its Vista to Windows 7 upgrade program, Apple gives you the change to purchase a Mac and upgrade to the Snow Leopard once the operating system is rolled out.

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“Mac OS X Snow Leopard refines the elegant Mac OS X user experience with lots of little touches and performance improvements that will make using your Mac even more enjoyable. It also includes a few big foundation technologies designed to tap the power of today’s computer hardware and provide a strong base for innovation. If you’ve purchased a qualifying computer or Xserve on or after June 8, 2009 that does not include Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you can upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard for $9.95,” explained Apple on the official Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program web page (visit here).

Here are some Mac OS X 10.6 highlights just to get your mouth watering (or for those of your that are not that familiar with the Snow Leopard):
- Enhanced responsiveness and improved reliability.
- Support for Microsoft Exchange 2007.
- A more responsive Finder, faster Mail load times (85% faster according to Apple) and speedier searches (90% speedier, according to Apple, of course).
- 50% faster initial backup for Time Machine.
- Expose integration in Dock.
- Safari 4, the 64-bit processor version, comes with an estimated 50% Nitro JavaScript performance boost and is reportedly better suited to handle plug-in crashes.
- 64-bit computing for nearly every system app.
- QuickTime X will come bundled with the OS.
- Support for all Intel Macs.



Tags: Apple, Mac OS X, Up-toDate Program, Snow Leopard
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