Apple freezes APIs as Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard nears release; devs get new Mac OS X 10.5.7 build

“Apple this past weekend distributed a new beta of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard that altered the programming methods used to optimize code for multi-core Macs, telling developers they were the last programming-oriented changes planned ahead of the software’s release,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“More specifically, Apple is said to have informed recipients of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard build 10A354 that it has simplified the application programming interfaces (APIs) for working with Grand Central, a new architecture that makes it easier for developers to take advantage of Macs with multiple processing cores,” Marsal reports.

“People familiar with the latest Snow Leopard build say it was these Grand Central ‘dispatch’ methods that were tweaked, or simplified, alongside build 10A354. Going forward, Apple reportedly told developers that ‘no further API changes are planned for Snow Leopard,'” Marsal reports.

“Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is expected to hit the market sometime this summer with a near finalized version likely to make a public appearance at Apple’s annual developers conference in about a month,” Marsal reports. “Meanwhile, Apple this weekend also equipped developers with Mac OS X 10.5.7 build 9J61.”

More details in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good news on the Snow Leopard front. As for Mac OS X 10.5.7: It’s imminent. wink

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