Report: Mac OS X 10.6 code-named ‘Snow Leopard’ and will be Intel-only

“The next version of Mac OS X is code-named ‘Snow Leopard,’ and will indeed be Intel-only, we have learned. This info is hot on the heels of TUAW’s original scoop about Mac OS X 10.6 being readied for shipment as soon as Macworld 2009 and being Intel-only,” Jacqui Cheng reports for Ars Techinca.

“People familiar with the situation have confirmed to us that TUAW’s details are true—Snow Leopard is currently on track to come out during next January’s Macworld, and it will not contain major OS changes. Instead, the release is heavily focused on performance and nailing down speed and stability,” Cheng reports.

More in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: We can confirm that multiple sources have also told us that Mac OS X 10.6 is currently code-named “Snow Leopard” and that is also the planned product name.

Mac OS X versions and code/product names:
• Mac OS X Public Beta
• Mac OS X 10.0 (Cheetah, code-name only)
• Mac OS X 10.1 (Puma, code-name only)
• Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar)
• Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)
• Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
• Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
• Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)


  1. Time to ditch the cats and go for planets or constellations. So, this will only be a lighter, leaner and faster Tiger/Leopard? I doubt it.

    The faster the pace, the more the hiccups.

  2. FYI, Apple have trademarked Lion, Cougar and Lynx.

    Snow Leopard makes sense if it’s designed to fine-tune performance on Intel – it is, after all, the future of the architecture.


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