Mac OS X 6 : Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard was released by 28th Aug 2009. I have pre-ordered it a couple of days ago, and it was shipped 27th and arrived on 28th. The package was simple with nice Leopard picture on the front cover.

Here is the Installation screen,

OS X 6 Installation folder
OS X 6 Installation folder
Install Mac OS X
Install Mac OS X

And also Utilities for restoring after installation of the new OS X.

Mac OS X Utilities
Mac OS X Utilities

The DVD has a full OS installation package, NOT just upgrade kit. This is pretty good bargain with $29 of price. Apple’s price policy has been a bit high, however, not for this time, not for this one. lol

Snow Leopard package DVD also contains Xcode 3.2 for Snow Leopard which has up-to-date version of the developer packages. You can simply install Xcode 3.2 after installed snow leopard.

Xcode 3.2 packages
Xcode 3.2 packages
Xcode 3.2 for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Xcode 3.2 for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

After upgrade OS X 5 to 6 Snow Leopard, the hard drive became about 10GB more space. It is approximately measured since I had to clean up some applications and files before upgrade it but not so sure how much I had got rid of them. Anyway, after some time playing around with Snow leopard, the speed of running or moving around was felt bit faster and much smoother.

Feature that most interests me about Snow Leopard: iCal, Email and Address Book MS Exchange support. Not only for MS Exchange but also other CalDAV and Gmail on iCal. This makes me use the default apps more often and efficiently. By using these you can almost make Mobile Me iPhone Sync for iCal, Address Book and Mail, if you do not want to spend 100 bucks a year, although I like Mobile Me service.

Just in case you have not heard about Snow Leopard (OMG!). Snow Leopard is not a major OS upgrade or significantly new version of OS. Probably not like upgrading from windows XP to Windows Vista or 7 I guess. But definitely improved performance and enhanced other features on Leopard (OS X 10.5.x).

I know it is too early to say anything about pros and cons about Snow Leopard, but it is getting quite interesting and I would also like to know about others getting Apple’s upgraded OS X, Snow Leopard.

–Updated on 29 Aug 2009 1:50 am–

I forgot to mention about some other good features, firstly Expose has got better on performance and also interface. The old version of Expose was bit cumbersome and hassle prone to use but now it is much easier to navigate and notice apps through.

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