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Mac OS X Snow Leopard To Ship In September Says Apple Website

Apple quietly published the initial release date of their forthcoming operating system, Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6, as the 28th of August which is the last Friday before Bank holiday on the 31st.

However, it seems that someone at Apple HQ decided to amend Apple's UK website which is currently showing September instead (opens in new tab) (without any dates). Interestingly, Apple's French and German websites have not been upgraded yet to reflect the product's launch.

Customers who have purchased a qualifying Mac or Xserve on or after June 8, 2009 but before the launch date, you can upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard for £7.95 which includes the shipping and handling fee.

It brings a lot of "little touches and performance improvements that will make using your Mac even more enjoyable" according to Apple's website. Snow Leopard was announced last year at Apple's annual WWDC and focused on performance improvements and stability.

Apple previously said that its users would be able to upgrade their Mac for $29 and $49 for a five-user family pack license while the full package should fetch around $129.

Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard is also expected to be launched about the same period. It is expected that Mac OS X Snow Leopard will be released well before Windows 7 to give Apple the necessary leeway to counteract Microsoft's marketing machinery.

Mac OS X Leopard (aka v10.5) was released at the end of October 2007 which means that Apple might have pre-empted Windows 7 move. It will more than four years after OS X 10.4 Tiger was released.

Our Comments

It will be extremely interesting to find out how the battle between Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7 pans out. Microsoft will want to forget Windows Vista fairly soon and if first impressions matter, then Windows 7 is likely to be a very popular piece of software.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.