Apple could be releasing the latest version of its mainstream operating system, Mac OS X, as early as Friday, 28th of August.
According to various sources, Snow Leopard is ready to go and the latest developer build got the official stamp of approval after having been designated as the Golden master edition, which is equivalent to Microsoft RTM status.
Build 10A432 is already available on the main download websites (bit torrent, Usenet, direct downloads etc). The Pirate Bay shows the OS as being uploaded yesterday afternoon.
The 6.3GB file has already attracted more than 450 seeders and nearly 2100 leechers. The next version of Mac OS X is set to be sold in the US for only $29 by next month. However, it will cost you significantly more if you are upgrading from Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger rather than from 10.5 Leopard.
There are no release dates or any suggested retail price for the Snow Leopard in the UK. An early release of Mac OS X would give Apple around 7 weeks to market the virtues of the OS before Windows 7 is officially released on the 22nd of October.
Furthermore, Macworld is reporting that Amazon has changed the release date of Wiley Publishing’s Mac OS X Snow Leopard Bible to the 31st of August 2009 in the US.
Snow Leopard is an major upgrade to the existing Mac OS X and will introduce a number of back end improvements. These, we suspect, will improve the stability, reliability and performance of the OS, a bit like Windows 7 with Vista.