Snow Lep Prep: Apple files trademark application for ‘Grand Central’

“On December 8, 2008, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s latest trademark application for Grand Central under application 77626943,” MacNN reports.

“This is Apple’s second trademark filing associated with Mac OS X Snow Leopard filed in the last month. Apple has filed ‘Grand Central’ under the sole International Classification 009 covering computer operating systems/software,” MacNN reports.

“Apple’s forthcoming Mac OS X Snow Leopard is set to deliver unrivaled support for multi-core processors with a new technology code-named ‘Grand Central,'” MacNN reports.

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MacDailyNews Note: From Apple’s Mac OS X Snow Leopard webpage: “Grand Central,” a new set of technologies built into Snow Leopard, brings unrivaled support for multicore systems to Mac OS X. More cores, not faster clock speeds, drive performance increases in today’s processors. Grand Central takes full advantage by making all of Mac OS X multicore aware and optimizing it for allocating tasks across multiple cores and processors. Grand Central also makes it much easier for developers to create programs that squeeze every last drop of power from multicore systems.


  1. I agree with HMCIV. Google bought Grand Central a long time ago. Not that is going anywhere. Their blog hasn’t had an update in a long time after a great “…new stuff coming, stay tuned…” teaser. The Grand Central beta isn’t adding customers as far as I can tell either. Still works though as a buddy of mine uses it.

  2. I already use Grand Central, though as a couple people have noted, Google is p*ssing me off with its total lack of progress after buying them. I use it, it’s a great idea, but it’s just like alot of Google ideas, it’s dying for lack of people running the ship. Their support forums provide no support. For another example, look at the Google Finance forums, and specifically at the Apple Finance page. Some idiot named Sumer, is spamming the Apple page with all kinds of hate-filled vitriol, and Google does nothing about it.

  3. Seriously though. will this make macs better for games?

    Only if the game makers optimize their games for Grand Central.

    All things being equal, until Microsoft leverages the capabilities of multi-cores and provides game developers the means, Macs could have a competitive advantage. Apple marketing will not have the last word on this subject.

    As for Crysis, I finished the game on an extreme iMac using all Medium settings and 2xAA and had an absolute blast! I have no doubt in my military mind that Grand Central would improve upon the experience.

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