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Mac OS X Snow Leopard Officially Available On August 28th

A great reason for Mac addicts to stay indoors during the forthcoming Bank Holiday, Mac OS X 10.6 AKA Snow Leopard, will be officially released (and shipped) on Friday 28th of August.

Apple's store went down worldwide earlier today (as it is always the case when there is a significant product about to be announced) and later came back with three new products; it will be available for a mere £25, a price that include shipping, the installation DVD and printed documentation.

The five-licence "family pack" is available for £39. Snow Leopard is being released almost two months before Windows 7's official release on the 22nd of October.

Apple has quietly made this version of Mac OS X, an Intel-only operating system, getting rid of the PowerPC legacy (and reclaiming 7GB of disk space) in the process. Users will need at least 1GB memory, a DVD and 11GB worth of free space.

In addition, Apple will also ship on the same day, Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard Server Edition with Unlimited Client License which will cost £399 (opens in new tab) and promises to be twice as fast as its predecessor.

Aplpe has also updated its Mac Box Set which includes the operating system, iLife ’09, featuring iPhoto ’09, iMovie ’09, GarageBand ’09, iWeb ’09, and iDVD plus iWork ’09, all available for £129 (opens in new tab); multi mac households can also grab the family pack which includes 5 of each of the aforementioned applications for £179.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.