Apple will release their latest operating system, Mac OS X Snow Leopard on August 28th.
You will be able to get an upgrade copy of Snow Leopard for RM109, or $29. You could get it for even less if you bought your Mac recently.
From what I’ve read, Snow Leopard is Apple’s answer to Windows 7 (which will be released in October 2009).
Looking at the features, I don’t see drastic changes on the user interface. Most would agree that Apple has worked to improve the features they already have, rather than adding new features.
Check out this comparison between the Windows 7 upgrade path and the Snow Leopard upgrade path. There are 66 different upgrade combinations in Windows.
Just 3 combinations for the Mac 😉
- 64-bit OS. This allows faster processing and the ability to use huge amounts of RAM (up to 16 terabytes, or 16,000 GB!). Nearly every built in app has been rebuilt in 64-bit.
- Better thread management for multi-core CPUs. This means your dual-core or quad-core CPU can function more effectively, and be used to do tasks at the same time.
- OpenCL allows applications to utilize the full power of graphics processors.
- QuickTime X. A new version of media player.
- Chinese character input via multi touch trackpad.
- Improvements to Expose and Stacks.
- Built in support for Microsoft Exchange email.
- Faster bootup and shutdowns. While this is well and good, bootups and shutdowns were already fast in Leopard.
- Smaller footprint, which means Snow Leopard will use less disk space on your computer.
- Improved Services menu that can match the right service options with the current application (I hardly use this feature).
- Improved iChat that uses 1/3rd of the bandwidth.
- Safari 4 (you probably got this already)
Read the detailed list (and screen shots) of Mac OS X Snow Leopard refinements.
Allow me to briefly detour to explore the new features in Windows 7.
From what I understand, it has many exciting features as well. Some of them are:
- Improvements to security management console
- A new task bar, that will function almost like the Dock
- New features added to Aero interface (looks really interesting!)
- Improvements performance for multi-core processors
- Built in support for virtual hard disks
- Windows Powershell, which is a administration console
- Easily disable features you might not need, such as IE or Windows Media Player.
An upgrade will cost you between RM420 (Premium) to RM770 (Ultimate)
Will You Upgrade to Snow Leopard?
Personally I don’t see much value in upgrading the OS. If it has been running fine all this time, then I don’t need to spend some money to upgrade.
I may want to, but I don’t need to.
In my case, I don’t see how any of the new features justify an upgrade.
I think I will wait for others to upgrade, read about their experiences and then I will decide.
How about you? Will you upgrade? Have you upgraded? Share your experiences here.