Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard third beta released for testing

As Windows 7 RC gets ready for its release, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard build 10A261 is released officially to select beta developers and testers this week according to an Italian Website, Macity.

Compared to earlier builds 10A190 and 10A222, there are few noticeable changes to the software other than minor adjustments to the System Preferences pane and bug fixes to the new Cocoa-based Finder. The User Interface remains mostly unchanged and the build is said to have more stability and speed. Developers are asked to focus on printer drivers, 3rd-party applications, and Microsoft Exchange support. Besides Grand Central and OpenCL, technologies designed to utilize multicore processors better and shift parallel computing tasks to multicore GPUs, Exchange support is one of the few major features of Snow Leopard.

Snow Leopard is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2009.

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thealexweb said,
But what new features are there?


Almost every single piece of code in the OS has been changed, its a more drastic update than any previous OS X upgrade. So you may not see much UI differences but under the hood everything changes.

KeR said,
Almost every single piece of code in the OS has been changed, its a more drastic update than any previous OS X upgrade. So you may not see much UI differences but under the hood everything changes.

That's all well and good but 90% of users don't care about x64 bit kernels etc. What new FEATURES are there?

thealexweb said,
But what new features are there?

The main differences are said to be major speed improvements this time around, part from making better use of the 64-bit architecture, and part from making use of multiple cores better. In other words, not a flashy transparent 3D box to play with, but more "invisible" stuff. I actually find it nice to know Apple has the confidence to at all focus on such work for a release. Too many companies these days fall victim to feature creep and forget about the rest.

On the other hand, I'm sure Apple has a few tricks up their sleeve, as for unannounced features. But they've already told features in the sense of "new toys" won't be the focus this time around. At the same time, this is under-the-hood-changes on a scale that would far exceed those from a "service release".

Exchange Support, Several apps including Finder rewritten in Cocoa, and an extremely big jump in speed and stability.

If they are replacing Aqua with a new UI similar to iTunes, that would be the major feature since it changes the Mac OS X experience completely.

thealexweb said,
That's all well and good but 90% of users don't care about x64 bit kernels etc. What new FEATURES are there?

A few things rumored are integrated Exchange 2007 support, QuickTime X, Safari 4 with a massive speed boost according to preliminary benchamarks, and a new Finder.

thealexweb said,
That's all well and good but 90% of users don't care about x64 bit kernels etc. What new FEATURES are there?


Here are the major ones:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard/

There has also been talk of UI updates, we'll be getting a rewritten Finder as well, and the OS will be substantially leaner. And there could be other goodies from now until its release.

LTD said,
Here are the major ones:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard/

There has also been talk of UI updates, we'll be getting a rewritten Finder as well, and the OS will be substantially leaner. And there could be other goodies from now until its release.

Reading that page, that to me equates to going from XP SP1 to SP2... how everyone thought it just felt like a more complete and stable o.s. after SP2. In consumer's eyes, a new o.s. infers new features and methods to make their lives easier and more efficient. not things like "theoretical" memory sizes and squeezing the last drop of power from multicores.

here's a copy and paste from MS' site about what SP2 did:
"The technologies include network protection, memory protection, safer e-mail handling, more secure browsing, and improved computer maintenance."

in other words, more "under the hood" tweaking and restructuring. which like i said, that's what snow leopard, to me, sounds like.

wookietv said,

Reading that page, that to me equates to going from XP SP1 to SP2... how everyone thought it just felt like a more complete and stable o.s. after SP2. In consumer's eyes, a new o.s. infers new features and methods to make their lives easier and more efficient. not things like "theoretical" memory sizes and squeezing the last drop of power from multicores.

here's a copy and paste from MS' site about what SP2 did:
"The technologies include network protection, memory protection, safer e-mail handling, more secure browsing, and improved computer maintenance."

in other words, more "under the hood" tweaking and restructuring. which like i said, that's what snow leopard, to me, sounds like.


Well if you look at it that way, then I suppose the real problem is that Snow Leopard doesn't attempt to fix an essentially broken OS which nobody really wants and that took 5 years and billions to develop, which the manufacturer can't wait to bury.

In that sense Snow Leopard may come off as unexciting. There's just not a whole lot do.

LTD said,



Well if you look at it that way, then I suppose the real problem is that Snow Leopard doesn't attempt to fix an essentially broken OS which nobody really wants and that took 5 years and billions to develop, which the manufacturer can't wait to bury. Blah blah blah.

In that sense Snow Leopard may come off as unexciting. There's just not a whole lot do.


And... what is XP's market share compared to OS X? Yeah... a broken OS that is still more popular. Try again!

RAID 0 said,

And... what is XP's market share compared to OS X? Yeah... a broken OS that is still more popular. Try again!

I was referring to Vista.

LTD said,
Well if you look at it that way, then I suppose the real problem is that Snow Leopard doesn't attempt to fix an essentially broken OS which nobody really wants and that took 5 years and billions to develop, which the manufacturer can't wait to bury.


Wow - what a bunch of crap. Please tell me how Vista is "essentially broken" and how "nobody" really wants it. Do you actually use Vista, or are you basing your opinions on the "I'm a Mac" commercials?

I use Vista at work and at home and I love it. Even my mom (who only really started using computers in the last 5 years) uses Vista at her job, and she recently told me (with no prompting - she brought it up) that she didn't understand what all the fuss was about Vista. Her exact words were "we haven't had any problems."

Vista works great, and allows me to do more than any OS Apple has put out.

thealexweb said,
That's all well and good but 90% of users don't care about x64 bit kernels etc. What new FEATURES are there?

Maybe you don't realize this but the Mac OS is an Operating System. The under-the-hood changed are the most important you can make. Based on your logic, people shouldn't care about a car with a better engine unless it has a better looking heat shield on top. Because appearances are more important than anything else, right?

Apple tends to make changes to how the OS works. Windows features mostly cosmetic upgrades, that's why Windows 7 seems so fast, it finally changes stuff that didn't work on Vista.

I think Snow Leopard is optimization for running on smaller computers and probably will be optimized for a netbook/table pc.

Let's put it the right way..

Vakerorokero said,
Microsoft tends to make changes to how the OS works. Apple features mostly cosmetic upgrades, that's why Snow Leopard seems so fast, it finally changes stuff that work on Leopard.

I think Windows 7 is optimization for running on smaller computers and probably will be optimized for a netbook/table pc.


I thought the same, I was told by Mac addicts there wasn't a single difference between my install of Windows BOB and Vista, and instead I should use OSX.

But I actually tried Vista, and ohh would you look at that, they didn't have a clue what they were talking about.

I still think "Snow Leopard" is funny... rarely seen and almost extinct :P I want them to start naming them after farmyard animals - so named because they are heavily consumed

mmck said,
I still think "Snow Leopard" is funny... rarely seen and almost extinct :P I want them to start naming them after farmyard animals - so named because they are heavily consumed

OS X Dog and OS X Pig doesn't quite ring the same.

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