“Some are calling Apple’s latest version of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard, little more than a service pack,” Charlie Sorrel repots for Wired. “From a distance, it certainly looks that way: There’s no new eye candy, no big-ticket features and even the ballyhooed addition of support for Microsoft Exchange (ironically, even Windows doesn’t come with it) is, well, boring.”
MacDailyNews Take: Anyone calling Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard “little more than a service pack” is either paid-off, ignorant, and/or too lazy to do even basic fact-finding.
Sorrel continues, “But under its furry black and white skin, the $30 upgrade is worth it, and will reach into every corner of your Mac to speed things up. Surprisingly, Snow Leopard’s biggest improvements are to your hardware. Think of it as a tune-up for your machine.”
“For instance, on my MacBook, Safari would run at around 25-35% of CPU, and spin up to around 100%+ under stress in 10.5 Leopard,” Sorrel reports. “Right now, under 10.6, it’s not even showing up in the top five list, meaning it is idling at under 4%. This is with 12 tabs open.”
“The whole OS is snappier. Applications now load instantly… Menus appear and disappear faster (although this is surely an interface timing trick),” Sorrel reports. “And when software vendors update their wares to take advantage of some new tech, slow, heavy applications should scream along.”
Sorrel reports, “In short, the new OS has more than $30 worth of new features, it’s just that they don’t stick out at first. But think about this. What are the usual reasons to upgrade a computer? Bigger hard drive, faster processor, better battery life, right? For just $30, you get all this on a DVD.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]