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2009 Holiday Gift Guide: Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

If you’ve got any Mac users in your life who haven’t upgraded to OS X 10.6 , we think it’s time you give them the nudge this holiday season. Snow Leopard is faster, leaner, and more intuitive. It’s also simple to install, and even hits the user back with some freed up hard drive space. The best part, though, is the price. Snow Leopard is just $24.99 at Amazon. Here’s the price breakdown:


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Bleeding Edge TV 317: Mac OS X Snow Leopard Video Review

A few days ago, we hit you with our Snow Leopard Review, and interspersed some videos into it. We admit, 2000 words may have been a bit much, and a bunch of you wrote in asking for one video review. Well, we’ve stitched together some of the Snow Leopard videos we’ve done, and put them all in one for a Snow Leopard video review. Mind you, this isn’t a full review of the entire operating system. Instead, we take a look at four or five new things that you, as a user, will see as new, different, or enhanced. In this video we look at the Finder, Expose, Dock Expose, Stacks, and a comparison between Quicktime X and Quicktime 7.

We hope you enjoy it, but if you just want our quick opinion - go ahead and pick up Snow Leopard. It’s worth it. In fact, you can pick up Snow Leopard at a discount on Amazon, saving yourself even more cash off the already inexpensive price:


New Mac OS X Snow Leopard Disc Art

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Design, Software

Snow Leopard Install Icon

First thing we noticed after getting our hands on the latest build ? The new OS X install icon, which is usually indicative of how the disc is going to look. Goodbye purple galaxy goodness, hello big, snowy animal.


Apple Snow Leopard Developer Preview Update 10A432 now available, Golden Master?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Snow Leopard 10a432 Golden Master

Progress on ‘s is nearing completion, as the next version of Mac OS X is set for release sometime next month. To that effect, it is widely believed that today’s Developer Preview seed, build 10A432, is the 10.6 Golden Master. One big change from the last few Snow Leopard releases is that this build needs to be installed fresh from a bootable partition or DVD, no more of that Software Update stuff. The download is 6.1GB in size, and if that isn’t telling about the progress of Snow Leopard, we don’t know what is.

It’s almost here - can you feel it?


Apple Snow Leopard Developer Preview Update 10A421 now available [Updated]

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10a421

Progress on ‘s continues to roll along, as the company has just released Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Developer Preview Update 10A421. Apple says that Snow Leopard 10A421 includes “general operating system fixes for stability, compatibility, and security.” We will report back when we find some more specifics on improvements in this one. Snow Leopard 10A421 is a 741.7 MB file, and is available now in Software Update if you happen to be running 10A411.

Update: Looks like QuickTime 10 got updated to a new build, and that QuickTime has also picked up a new icon.

Quicktime 10 build 51

Apple Snow Leopard Developer Preview Update 10A411 now available

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Snow Leopard 10A411

Just five days after Apple released Snow Leopard dev build 10A402a, we now have another new release in Developer Preview Update 10A411. This latest update is 748MB in size, and according to Apple, includes “general operating system fixes for stability, compatibility, and security.”  Getting a bit more specific though, a reader on the MacRumors forums has pinpointed a few changes:

  • Dock Expose now previews windows from other spaces.
  • Expose’s animations are very smooth now. I think they sped up the animation, so the user’s perception of the OS is visually faster as well.
  • In the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane, selecting “Change picture every…” and then “Random Order” does not select a random photo at first—the first photo will always be selected.
  • A bug is still present where applications do not retain proper focus when activating spaces. For instance, this Safari window is in focus, and a Preference Pane is opened behind it. Start spaces—and the pane appears on top.
  • No put back for items trashed from Dock or stacks.
  • Updated QuickTime.
  • Items can now be dragged to trash from stacks.
  • Trashed desktop items no longer fade away.

Once again, the update is available through Software Update, so have at it.


Apple releases Snow Leopard dev build 10A402a

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

Snow Leopard 10A402

has released another updated developer build of . This time we are looking at Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard build 10A402. If you are running either of the two latest Snow Leopard builds, you can access this update through Software Update. Apple says this build includes “general operating system fixes for stability, compatibility, and security.” The update weighs in at 1.31GB, so go grab a snack. Good luck!


Mac OS X Snow Leopard build 10A394 available for devs

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Snow Leopard 10A394

Apple has just released a new developer build of , the first since . This one is Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard build 10A394, and is the first Snow Leopard dev update that is available simple by firing up Software Update. Just a word to the wise, after running the update, you’ll need to download and install Xcod 3.2 for Snow Leopard 10A394, and if you do iPhone development on your Snow Leopard system, you’ll need to download and re-install the 3.0 for Snow Leopard. Have fun!

Update: For those asking, yes, Dock Expose is live in this new build!


WWDC 2009 Keynote Live Updates

WWDC Phil Schiller

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WWDC 2009 is about to get kicked off, with Phil Schiller kicking it off with the Apple keynote. We are hanging out at our local Apple store, and will be bringing you all the notable updates as things progress!

  • Things get kicked off with a new Mac vs. PC commercial, where PC tries to discourage Mac from innovating at this year’s WWDC.
  • At WWDC this year there are over 5200 attendees from 52 countries.
  • We are starting with Mac news. Apple says they don’t want to stop leading with way with Macbook designs.
  • Phil announces a brand new 15” MacBook Pro, with the Lithium Polymer battery that the 17” model sports. 7 hours of battery life 2 hours more than before. That is 40% longer.
  • The new MacBook Pro has “the best display we’ve ever shipped on a notebook.”
  • The 15” MacBook Pro picks up an SD Card slot, and drops ExpressCard.
  • The price drops by $300. $1699 introductory price.
  • At the introductory price, you get a 2.53GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, and the SD card slot.
  • The 13-inch MacBooks also get the same SD card treatment, non-removable battery, and FIREWIRE IS BACK. The unibody MacBooks are now officially MacBook Pros.
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1199 with 2GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, SD card slot, 2.26 GHz processor.
  • MacBook Air updated as well. $1499 for the base model, $1799 with 256GB SSD. $700 cheaper than before.

 

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Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard build 10A335 to developers

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Snow Leopard

has just seeded out the latest developer build of the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6 operating system, also known as . The latest build is 10A355, and early reports are that stability improvements are continuing as a trend across the board, while Apple has listed nine known issues in the seed notes for devs to take heed of, including the fact that Quicktime Player X may crash when playing DRM-protected content in 64-bit mode. All recent Apple hardware is now capable of running Snow Leopard in 64-bit mode, and when installed on either the Early 2008 or Early 2009 Xserve machines, 64-bit is the default.

We don’t yet have a firm date for the launch of Snow Leopard, but we are fairly certain that we will hear a lot more about that at 2009 in June.


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