Apple Readies Snow Leopard for September, Will Charge $29
Apple will release Snow Leopard, its newest operating system upgrade, in September, and charge $29. Snow Leopard will feature several improvements, including an updated version of QuickTime and full support for Microsoft Exchange servers. The new operating system version will also better leverage 64-bit CPUs, according to Apple.Apple plans to release Snow Leopard, its newest operating system upgrade, aka OS X 10.6, in September, with a price of $29. Apple will also market a five-license Family Pack for $49. Those buying new Macs from June 8 through Dec. 26 will be able to upgrade to Snow Leopard for $9.95. Snow Leopard will boost several improvements over the previous iteration of the operating system, most notably in how it leverages 64-bit CPUs with 64-bit support for Mail, Finder, iChat and Safari. There are improvements to Mail, Time Machine and Safari 4, and, in a bid to appeal to enterprise and Windows customers, the upgraded OS will also support the Microsoft Exchange server.
During the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) keynote presentation in California on June 8, Craig Federighi, vice president of Mac OS engineering for Apple, suggested that Apple viewed Snow Leopard as more of an upgrade of the original Leopard than a fully new operating system. "We want all Leopard users to upgrade to Snow Leopard, so we're pricing it at $29," he said, according to reports.