Amazon is now taking OS X Snow Leopard pre-orders

According to MacRumors, Amazon is now taking pre-orders for Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Amazon is offering Snow Leopard at $29 and is slated for a September release as announced by Apple earlier this year at their World Wide Developers Conference.

Amazon has also issued an "upgrade path alert" warning customers that Snow Leopard is only available for users running Leopard on an Intel machine:

Please note, that only Apple OS X Leopard users are eligible for the Snow Leopard upgrade. Tiger & earlier OS users will need to purchase either versions of the upgraded Mac Box Set. Also, Snow Leopard will only run on intel-based Mac computers.

In addition, Amazon is also taking pre-orders for OS X Snow Leopard family packs, and Snow Leopard Server.

Apple is also offering Snow Leopard upgrades for $9.95 for those who purchase a qualifying computer or Xserve between June 8 and December 26, 2009, that does not include Mac OS X Snow Leopard from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller located in the United States or Canada, or the Apple Online store.

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wakers01 said,
Never got why Apple named all of its OS's after big cats?

If Apple had named their OS's after trees you'd still be asking the same question. They just chose something to name their products after. I think it's pretty cool. Wonder which version will be OSX Lion.

wakers01 said,
Never got why Apple named all of its OS's after big cats?

I suspect that they were originally just intended as codenames just as Microsoft does, but the names eventually worked themselves into the marketing of the OS.

Doesnt take much to get macnuts foaming at the mouth. Apple doenst need to charge a lot for the OS they got you with the hardware.

My Dual G5 with 12 gig of ram doesn't seem that old... and yet won't run the latest operating system from Apple. Weird that my P4 laptop with 1 gig of ram runs Windows 7 just fine. Hmmm....

My Dual G5 with 12 gig of ram doesn't seem that old... and yet won't run the latest operating system from Apple. Weird that my P4 laptop with 1 gig of ram runs Windows 7 just fine. Hmmm....

It's not exactly a mystery.. they just omitted the binaries for PowerPC based systems.

The G5 is still a tower of power (i've got one sitting under my desk right here!) but the bottom line is that Apple don't make systems with PowerPC processors in them any more, haven't for a few years, and probably won't ever again. It was inevitable that this was going to happen!

Chicane-UK said,
It was inevitable that this was going to happen!


Less than 3 years after selling G5 CPUs? That's a joke. I mean, Apple doesn't even try to hide the fact they're ripping people off.

I'm a little confused. The Upgrade is $29, but will their be a full version for the usual $129?
If there will be a full version disc, would their be any benefits of a fresh install rather than an upgrade?
I'm usually more comfortable with a fresh install (windows habits :P), but I'm curious if just an upgrade would be fine.

Escalade_GT said,
I'm a little confused. The Upgrade is $29, but will their be a full version for the usual $129?
If there will be a full version disc, would their be any benefits of a fresh install rather than an upgrade?
I'm usually more comfortable with a fresh install (windows habits :P), but I'm curious if just an upgrade would be fine. :)

An upgrade just means there is a previous OS X install on the start up disk, and in this case it needs to be a Leopard install. Tiger and below will require the full version.

LOL. It said 51% when I hit the link. That is funny. An additional 21% bought Windows 7 professional for a grand total of 72%.

I wondered how long it'd before someone came out banging the 'service pack' drum. Congratulations.

Out of the box integration into Exchange 2007 for iCal, Mail, and Address Book. Finder has been rewritten. Proper 64bit addressing. Grand Central Dispatch. OpenCL. Quicktime X. ZFS support. Intel only binaries.

Come on. Just do a little research before you regurgitate the usual fanboy nonsense. It's more than a service pack. Anyone who says otherwise is either being deliberately ignorant or is just naieve.

Mekun said,
Upgrade? Nine dollars for a service pack.

10.5.7 was the "service pack" over 10.5.6.

Oh wait, I remember I'm on Neowin again. *sigh*

Snow Leopard is actually quite comparable to Windows 7, as both focus on optimizations and performance over new features and revamped looks.

Sure, call it service pack if you want, but then Apple is releasing some quite awesome service packs.

That's not how Apple versions their software. 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, etc. are full versions. 10.5.7 is a "service pack."

It's still cheaper than Microsoft's latest service pack called "Windows 7", a point version upgrade over Windows Vista: v6.0 > v6.1. Same story with Windows XP, a point version upgrade over Windows 2000: v5.0 > v5.1.

.Neo said,
It's still cheaper than Microsoft's latest service pack called "Windows 7", a point version upgrade over Windows Vista: v6.0 > v6.1. Same story with Windows XP, a point version upgrade over Windows 2000: v5.0 > v5.1.


I really hope you don't believe that.

.Neo said,
It's still cheaper than Microsoft's latest service pack called "Windows 7", a point version upgrade over Windows Vista: v6.0 > v6.1. Same story with Windows XP, a point version upgrade over Windows 2000: v5.0 > v5.1.

That's not how Microsoft versions their software. 3.0, 3.1, 3.11, 4.0, 4.1, etc. are full full versions. "Windows Vista Service Pack 2" is a service pack.

GreyWolfSC said,
That's not how Microsoft versions their software. 3.0, 3.1, 3.11, 4.0, 4.1, etc. are full full versions. "Windows Vista Service Pack 2" is a service pack.

I was being sarcastic... If Windows fanboys start calling Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard a service pack purely because its version number is a point increase they should take a look at Windows 7 and XP as well.

RAID 0 said,
I really hope you don't believe that.

Hey, if Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is a service pack using the same logic Windows 7 is aswel.

.Neo said,
Hey, if Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is a service pack using the same logic Windows 7 is aswel. ;)


Ah, I thought so. My sarcasm detector is not fully functional after a "wake-and-bake."

.Neo said,
It's still cheaper than Microsoft's latest service pack called "Windows 7", a point version upgrade over Windows Vista: v6.0 > v6.1. Same story with Windows XP, a point version upgrade over Windows 2000: v5.0 > v5.1.

If you buy a qualifying PC in a certain time, windows 7 upgrade IS FREE.

There mod, that good enough for you? I've not even bothered with the price differences that time? Eh?

n_K said,
If you buy a qualifying PC in a certain time, windows 7 upgrade IS FREE.

There mod, that good enough for you? I've not even bothered with the price differences that time? Eh?

If you by a copy of Vista from Microsoft's online store you get a free 7 upgrade too.

But if you don't buy a new computer, you have to pay a lot more than you do for Snow Leopard. I bought my laptop a year ago, I don't really want to spend the money on a new one so I get Windows 7 for "free".

n_K said,
If you buy a qualifying PC in a certain time, windows 7 upgrade IS FREE.

There mod, that good enough for you? I've not even bothered with the price differences that time? Eh?


The upgrade is free, the shipping most likely isn't. The $10 10.6 up-to-date program is just the shipping cost.

giga said,

The upgrade is free, the shipping most likely isn't. The $10 10.6 up-to-date program is just the shipping cost.

Download free off windows update...?

Wow 9 dollars for an upgrade, that is cheap. I hope there are enough changes for it to be worth it. I'm looking at security holes and issues.

Yay! I think this will be when I wipe and start over. I bought my Mac in late '08, and have since played around with it a bit to find my favorite pieces of software, so there are probably some cruft scattered around here now. It'll feel great to have a clean, fast, and optimized OS next up. I can't wait to see how software making use of OpenCL and Grand Central Dispatch will perform.

Good stuff. Sad to be missing out on this because I sold my iMac but hopefully will get a chance to try it out in the not too distant future anyway

Chicane-UK said,
Good stuff. Sad to be missing out on this because I sold my iMac but hopefully will get a chance to try it out in the not too distant future anyway :)

Is there any advantages to this. It seems that all they have done is make it faster and smaller, 10.5 is already fast enough for me.

I'd say that, even if you had a dual quad core Mac Pro, you should still go with Snow Leopard. Some of the core improvements in it mean that applications will utilise multi-core processors properly / better. Even with the fastest consumer computers out there, there is always room for improvement.

I personally found my iMac slow on a number of tasks, so certainly mid-range level Macs should benefit nicely from the performance enhancements Snow Leopard offers.

Performance enhancements aside there will be additional functionality and improvements included so worth it for the new apps & features that will be available.