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.