Snow Leopard is Coming

Apple announced this morning that it will ship its next version of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard, this Friday, Aug. 28 and Apple it’s already taking pre-orders for it on its Web site.

Snow Leopard — you can also call it Mac OS X 10.6, Apple is emphasizing performance over new features, calling this version “refined, not reinvented” and advertising such incremental improvements as faster start up and shutdown times, a smaller disk footprint and a more crash-resistant Web browser.

Apple is also pricing Snow Leopard low enough to make it almost an automatic upgrade from the current, already-good OS X 10.5 Leopard: just $29. If you bought a Mac after June, you can upgrade for $9.95. If your Mac doesn’t have an Intel processor inside, you can’t install Snow Leopard on that machine.

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