Updated: Snow Leopard web page reveals August 28th ship date

If you're looking to pick up the next version of Apple's operating system OS X, you may only have to wait until August 28th. Posted up on the Apple UK site is an order page for those who are eligible for the Up-To-Date program to acquire Snow Leopard starting on August 28th.

Apple has yet to make an official announcement which makes it possible that this is a mistake but considering that it's posted on both the US and the UK websites it gives the mistake some serious credibility.

It shouldn't come as much surprise but Apple has been rumored to make an announcement regarding the availability of Snow Leopard as early as this week. Add in that the official order page for the Up-To Date is live on Apple's site only adds credibility to this rumor.

Snow Leopard will be an incremental upgrade to the previous version of OS X and will offer a reduced footprint and many other enhancements. It is pegged to go head to head with Microsoft's Windows 7 which will launch in October.

Update: It appears Apple has changed the ship date, the screen shot below was from earlier this morning when it stated the 28th.


Image courtesy of Engadget.com

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Hrmm, snow leopard calling itself the worlds most advanced OS (from snow leopard homepage)? what a cocky marketing tactic and probably not true in most senses.

Everything Apple makes says that on it. You just have to take it with a grain of salt and look at the actual product. It's just marketing-speak.

artfuldodga said,
i'll has an Apple with a table spoon of salt plz

Eww... My roommate puts salt on watermelon. :X

ekw said,
Hrmm, snow leopard calling itself the worlds most advanced OS (from snow leopard homepage)? what a cocky marketing tactic and probably not true in most senses.

"Maybe the worlds most advanced OS but maybe not" isn't such a great marketing line though, is it?

ekw said,
Hrmm, snow leopard calling itself the worlds most advanced OS (from snow leopard homepage)? what a cocky marketing tactic and probably not true in most senses.

Let's see....
- one of the fastest web browsers available out of the box...check
- ability to connect to MS Exchange out of the box..check
- ability to recover disk space on installation...check
- os gets faster as the version #'s increase...check
- ability to offload intensive cpu tasks to gpu...check
- entire os multi core aware and optimized...check
- os aware of physical location...check

hmm that seems pretty advanced to me...let me go find those features in Windows just to make sure....

ekw said,
Hrmm, snow leopard calling itself the worlds most advanced OS (from snow leopard homepage)? what a cocky marketing tactic and probably not true in most senses.

"Probably not"? Are you admitting you're not sure what you're talking about?

ecstasis said,
Let's see....
- one of the fastest web browsers available out of the box...check
- ability to connect to MS Exchange out of the box..check
- ability to recover disk space on installation...check
- os gets faster as the version #'s increase...check
- ability to offload intensive cpu tasks to gpu...check
- entire os multi core aware and optimized...check
- os aware of physical location...check

hmm that seems pretty advanced to me...let me go find those features in Windows just to make sure....

They're all in Windows, too. Both Windows 7 and Snow Leopard are quite robust and well-tuned. (At least I assume SL is, I haven't seen it yet.)

GreyWolfSC said,


They're all in Windows, too. Both Windows 7 and Snow Leopard are quite robust and well-tuned. (At least I assume SL is, I haven't seen it yet.)


Yes, I agree, OS X is quite an advanced operating system .... for web surfing, e-mail, minimal workflow documents, and media composition and editing, which means they've caught up to???? Windows XP? No, still crap gaming... Windows 98? Yea thats about right.

Still missing: IPv6 architecture enabled and polished out of the box, DirectX or similar gaming platform support, full drive encryption, true media center software components to handle such things as Cable TV, large movie / video libraries, etc. and the flexibility of the wide range of hardware that is on the market today.

Now I'm not a Microsoft fanboy, or a Apple hater, I am only refering to my past personal needs and desires for an operating system, both on the workstation and server market. Its fun buying a Nivida GTX 280 a couple months after it came out only to find that "apple did not, and had no plans of supporting it in the foreseeable future" until 8 months later when they finally came out with an Apple version of the same card, and still no SLI support on the horizon.

I was a Mac user from 2004 - 2009 when I finally switched back to Windows (Vista 64-bit). The deciding factor for me was gaming. I missed it. Windows has it, Mac doesn't. Having experience with both OS's I can say that I do believe OS X is a more advanced OS. It starts and shuts down a lot faster than Windows. Programs don't lock for 2-3 minutes while Windows tries to figure out what it's doing (this may be Vista... I don't remember this happening with XP or Windows 7 RC1). Installations are much quicker to install and remove. It can export to PDF, comes with iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, etc. Windows has yet to match these out-of-the-box apps or Apple's Preview. It is, in many ways, a better OS.

I'm waiting to see how the final release of Windows 7 will compare to Snow Leopard. While I won't be going back to OS X as my exclusive OS (unless game developers start supporting the OS) it is still a really good one.

GreyWolfSC said,

They're all in Windows, too. Both Windows 7 and Snow Leopard are quite robust and well-tuned. (At least I assume SL is, I haven't seen it yet.)


ohh OpenCL is in windows 7..no i don't think so
you are comparing IE8 to Safari...thats a joke if i've heard one before.
windows 7 uses less disk space than vista...haha ... hahaha
the whole os has multicore apis...hmm..again hahahaha
you can connect to exchange as soon as you are finishing installed windows?? then why did i bother buying office....

and you know what don't bother replying to me, cause i can't be bothered to read your stupidity

ecstasis said,
ohh OpenCL is in windows 7..no i don't think so
you are comparing IE8 to Safari...thats a joke if i've heard one before.
windows 7 uses less disk space than vista...haha ... hahaha
the whole os has multicore apis...hmm..again hahahaha
you can connect to exchange as soon as you are finishing installed windows?? then why did i bother buying office....

and you know what don't bother replying to me, cause i can't be bothered to read your stupidity

What are you talking about? the things you listed ARE in windows and that guy your attacking was kind enough to let you know. CPU offloading tasks to GPU? that's a software solution. It requires application support for it to work, otherwise how will OSX know if the task is mathematically intensive? It needs the programmer to tell it so. Its advertising things of 0 value, what apple is good for. The programmer at the end of the day has to make it happen, not the operating system.

And if you plan on attacking other users with your own elitist attitude just to feel smart, heres my tidbit. Learn the difference between an operating system and applications. You probably think OSX is the most advanced because of its super fancy eye candy and pre-installed applications, both of which have nothing to do with the operating system.

ekw said,
What are you talking about? the things you listed ARE in windows and that guy your attacking was kind enough to let you know. CPU offloading tasks to GPU? that's a software solution. It requires application support for it to work, otherwise how will OSX know if the task is mathematically intensive? It needs the programmer to tell it so. Its advertising things of 0 value, what apple is good for. The programmer at the end of the day has to make it happen, not the operating system.

And if you plan on attacking other users with your own elitist attitude just to feel smart, heres my tidbit. Learn the difference between an operating system and applications. You probably think OSX is the most advanced because of its super fancy eye candy and pre-installed applications, both of which have nothing to do with the operating system.

This is where you are entirely wrong. CPU offloading tasks to GPU, multicore CPU support are not software solutions in MacOSX. They do not need to be handled by the software developer. In Snow Leopard, it's the OS that decides these things and executes them. So, MacOSX: Check. Windows: Not so much.

The same for the other things:

- one of the fastest web browsers available out of the box... IE8? That must be a joke
- ability to connect to MS Exchange out of the box..? Only if you buy and install Office
- ability to recover disk space on installation...? I won't even go there
- os gets faster as the version #'s increase...? Well, ok maybe windows 7 might be the first Windows OS that is not slower than it's predecessors, I'll give you that one. But after Vista, that is not hardly an achievement.

Kelxin said,
Still missing: IPv6 architecture enabled and polished out of the box, DirectX or similar gaming platform support, full drive encryption, true media center software components to handle such things as Cable TV, large movie / video libraries, etc. and the flexibility of the wide range of hardware that is on the market today.
.

- MacOSX has IPv6 support right out of the box. Check
- For gaming it supports OpenGL. Check. Clearly, it does not support DirectX as this was invented by Microsoft to tie game developers to its own platform. So, if there are no games, that will be part of the reason, not because the hardware or the OS cannot handle it.
- Drive encryption. Check.
- Large movie and video libraries are supported by iTunes and Front Row. Check
- CableTV support: I guess that one is not coming through Apple hardware as it would compete with its own digital media platform (iTunes).

It is pegged to go head to head with Microsoft's Windows 7

No, not really. Almost every Apple machine runs OS X or a combination of OS X and Virtual Machines or BootCamp. According to Apple, OS X will only run on Apple-branded machines.

Therefore, the only official competition will be on Apple machines. And every Apple ships with OS X so they have already told their customers which OS they are getting. There is really very little no competition between OS X and Windows.

common sense advertising? thats how i explain it, why pay more for less
lot of folks don't even see it as about the Windows OS

and don't go giving me a list of tired reasons why pay more for less
i'm quite satisfied

I have my family pack on order through Amazon. At $49 it's a steal. I'll be installing it on my MacBook and Hackintosh, and even though I don't use the OS X side as often these days (moved back to Windows a month or so ago) I'm still looking forward to a spiffier speedier experience.

pegged to go head to head with Windows 7, sure... except i'll have to spend $2000+ to get it? think i'll enjoy my premium copy on whichever machine i choose thanks, even a Mac

that said, all Mac users should eventually upgrade, unless you're content with your setup now, as this update is also unnecessary

1. Wow, that was a blatant troll attempt, nuff said.

2. Considering the $29 upgrade price I think all (Intel) Mac users should upgrade

No, you can get Macs for well under $2,000. I don't really care for Apple, nor their retarded pricing, but I'm not about to post something that isn't true at all...

Now, if you're talking about a more traditional desktop setup, then yes, you're looking at well over $2000. Honestly though, if Macs peak your interest and you're not too keen on spending a lot of money, there's no sense in going down this road.

sup3rsp4rk said,
Except that the cheapest Macs start at around $599, which would be perfectly capable of running Snow Leopard.


If you want a piece of junk (personal opinnion), then sure why not, but those of us that use their systems for more then reading e-mail and like to be able to upgrade their systems... a Mac Mini isn't an option

hmm
go to the canadian store and look at the second MacBook Pro 13" $1800 not including taxes or anything for that matter, thats an average product

if 'I' wanted the new update i'd grab that model, at the very least, please don't accuse me of saying something that isn't true, when in fact it is

i will eventually get a Mac, just i can never seem to justify it :P like to be able to play with two of the major OS's at least

I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but $1,800 is still not $2,000 or higher than that. And yes, the higher end models of Macbook Pros / iMac / and the Mac Pro itself are indeed over $2,000 USD. As I said though, if money matters to you, you're obviously not going to be purchasing the higher end models. I also feel I should make it clear that I'm talking about US prices here too, as I'm not exactly sure how Apple's Canadian pricing goes.

I'd like to get a Mac myself just to toy with OS X, but like you, I can never seem to justify paying that much money.

artfuldodga said,
the second MacBook Pro...average product

No, it's a Pro product. The plastic MacBook would probably be fine for you.

neufuse said,
If you want a piece of junk (personal opinnion), then sure why not, but those of us that use their systems for more then reading e-mail and like to be able to upgrade their systems... a Mac Mini isn't an option

I just bought one of the new Minis and they are actually really powerful. Has a DX10 card, which can play most games on high and if you load it up with 4gb of RAM, the thing will beat most systems out there. Hardly junk...

PureLegend said,
No, it's a Pro product. The plastic MacBook would probably be fine for you.

I'd never advise someone to buy that, considering how much nicer the newer version is.

artfuldodga said,
really, i was trolling? so... truth is trolling now, i get it

No, you were trolling. A Mac doesn't have to cost you $2000. You were also comparing an OS purchase with a platform change.

But it's OK, you're a Windows user.

If you wanna upgrade your mac, first you gotta own one. If you want one, just to upgrade it, then you really are just crazy.

If you think about it, this is the first Windows that doesn't require you to upgrade or buy a new machine. If you owned both you would see the big picture before talking out of spite.