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Mac OS X version 10.6.3 Snow Leopard (Mac computer with an Intel processor required)

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Product Features

  • Mac computer with an Intel processor required
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard is built on a rock-solid, time-tested UNIX foundation.
  • Improvements include a more responsive Finder, new look and features for Exposé.
  • New core technologies unleash the power of today's advanced hardware technology and prepare Mac OS X for future innovation:
  • With virtually no effort on your part, Mac OS X protects itself--and you--from viruses, malicious applications, and other threats
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server.
  • 64-bit computing, multicore-optimization, OpenCL, QuickTime X, and more
  • It provides unparalleled stability as well as industry-leading support for Internet standards
  • Stacks, quicker Time Machine backup, faster common tasks and installation, a smaller install footprint, and plenty more
  • You can use Mail, iCal, and Address Book at home and at work.

System Requirements

  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Mac OS X version 10.6.3 Snow Leopard (Mac computer with an Intel processor required) + 500GB New Sata 2.5" hard drive for Apple Macbook & Macbook pro + Silverhill 20 Piece Tool Kit for Apple Products
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001AMHWP8
  • Item model number: MC573Z/A
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 2, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (846 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard, a simpler, more powerful, and more refined version of Mac OS X. It delivers a wide range of enhancements, next-generation technologies, out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange Server, and new accessibility features. It's the world's most advanced operating system, finely tuned from installation to shutdown.

System Requirements:


Mac computer with an Intel processor

1GB of memory

5GB of available disk space

DVD drive for installation

Some features require a compatible internet service provider: fees may apply.

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard is an even more powerful and refined version of the world’s most advanced operating system. In ways big and small, it gets faster, more reliable, and easier to use. New core technologies unleash the power of today’s advanced hardware technology and prepare Mac OS X for future innovation. And Snow Leopard includes built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server, so you can use your Mac at home and at work.

The world's most advanced operating system. Finely tuned.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Top Updates in Mac OS X

Mac OS X is the world’s most advanced operating system. Built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation and designed to be simple and intuitive, it’s what makes the Mac innovative, highly secure, compatible, and easy to use.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard Dock
The next-generation media technology, QuickTime X powers the audio and video experience in Snow Leopard.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Video
Now Exposé is integrated in the Dock, giving you a quick and easy way to see all the open windows of an application.
Better, faster, easier.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes hundreds of improvements that will help make your Mac faster, more responsive, and more reliable than ever. Installation is up to 50 percent faster than with Mac OS X Leopard; wake from sleep is as much as two times faster; shutdown is up to 80 percent faster; and initial Time Machine backups to Time Capsule are up to 80 percent faster than in Leopard.2

Dock.

Now Exposé is integrated in the Dock, giving you a quick and easy way to see all the open windows of an application.

Finder.

The Finder has been completely rewritten to take advantage of the new technologies in Snow Leopard. The familiar Finder interface is unchanged, but you’ll discover that the Finder is faster and more responsive. It also includes an enhanced icon view with live file previews, so you can thumb through a multipage document or even watch a QuickTime movie.

New core technologies.

New core technologies in Snow Leopard unleash the power of today’s advanced hardware and prepare Mac OS X for future innovation.

QuickTime X.

The next-generation media technology, QuickTime X powers the audio and video experience in Snow Leopard. It debuts a completely new QuickTime Player application with a clean, uncluttered interface as well as an easy way to record, trim, and share your media.

Out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange.

Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in Mail, iCal, and Address Book, so it’s easier than ever to take your Mac to work.

Safari 4.

The latest version of the blazing-fast web browser delivers up to 50 percent faster JavaScript performance2 and is more resistant to crashes than ever.

Universal Access.

Every Mac comes standard with a wide range of assistive—or Universal Access—technologies that help people with disabilities experience what the Mac has to offer. Snow Leopard continues this support with a variety of innovative features that advance accessibility even further.



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376 of 400 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not essential... August 28, 2009
Is Apple's latest operating system, Snow Leopard, a strong, reliable OS that demonstrates the versatility of Macs? Yes

That being said, is Snow Leopard an essential upgrade? No, not exactly.

THE DIFFERENCE IS NOT THAT DRASTIC
The differences between Apple's "Tiger" OS (10.4) and "Leopard" (10.5) were very noticeable, and there were many improvements that made the upgrade worthwhile. Such as Time Machine, Boot Camp, Quick Look, and many more The bulk of changes between Leopard (10.5) and this latest release, "Snow Leopard" (10.6), are "under the hood" so to speak, and therefore the average user might not notice as much of a change as they'd expect with an OS upgrade. But then again, why fix a bone that's not broken? Leopard was a success, and Snow Leopard improves on it, without radically altering the user experience. The majority of improvements affect system reliability, speed, and resourcefulness. There is also Microsoft Exchange support, which is great for those who need it.

EXPECTATIONS
I bought the Snow Leopard upgrade knowing full well it wasn't going to be a drastically different OS, so I was by no means disappointed. I've been following the tech news regarding Mac and Windows operating system upgrades very closely, and am well aware that August's release of Apple's Snow Leopard and October's release of Microsoft's
Windows 7 are meant to provide additional stability and implement greater resourcefulness, rather than completely overhaul the user experience. This isn't a bad thing, since greater system reliability is more important than adding bells and whistles that ultimately take away from the user experience (i.e. Vista).
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250 of 285 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain for the price and an OS for the future August 28, 2009
The most remarkable thing about Snow Leopard is simply that it can be installed on a Mac running Tiger. You do not need to pay the money to buy the boxed set to upgrade if you never upgraded to Leopard. This means that you can upgrade a Tiger computer to Leopard using this disk. It is up to the user to determine if they have an ethical problem with that; Apple certainly knew that this was possible when they released the software: they understand and use DRM effectively and always have. The fact it is missing here tells me that they are primarily concerned with getting Snow Leopard unto as many computers as possible as fast as possible. I am sure part of that is the desire to have Snow Leopard outperform Windows 7 which debuts in October.

So what do you get with Snow Leopard? The answer is largely performance boosts, although many of those are not really applicable (yet) since few (virtually none) third party applications use the performance gains offered by Snow Leopard. Similar to Windows 7s ability to load share between CPU and GPU, many of the changes in Snow Leopard will take several years for developers to really start to use and write programs for.

Relying on 64-bit architecture through the entire OS, Snow Leopard is essentially an upgrade for the future: as developers write programs that take advantage of the new, higher ceiling, end users like you and I will benefit. For now, most of the performance increases are only applicable to Apple's own software. However, that's not to say these aren't nice or useful, and in some cases very impressive:

1) Opening large photos is faster in preview mode

2) Quicktime uses significantly less CPU on all Macs regardless of generation. Older Macs benefit the most with as much as 40% performance gains.
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130 of 149 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice New Features, But Far From Perfect... August 30, 2009
By LG
I upgraded my Leopard-equipped late 2006 Black MacBook to Snow Leopard. I had it on pre-order all week and delivered on release date. It doesn't boast a whole lot of new stuff to it, but I like the new features it does have, and I love the fact that it takes up so much less hard drive space on my MacBook (I gained an amazing 29 gigabytes of space). I also noticed a pretty good speed boost after upgrading.

I really love the new Dock Expose, and how I can look at just one particular application in Expose instead of all the open windows in any given space. It makes finding things a lot easier. I also like the fact that you can now resize your icons in the finder. Dock scrolling (with magnification) and cover flow have been smoothed out greatly which makes it that much more attractive. Quicktime X is a pretty good movie recorder and the interface looks a lot better than previous version of Quicktime. Some other refinements are pretty nice as well.

64-bit support is amazing and I can see a difference in the apps that are now running in 64-bit (see the Activity Monitor for the apps that are running in 64-bit). Things just run smoother and faster.

Now, as far as some drawbacks of the system, this first one is a major one: when redesigning Safari, they made Safari and its plugins and completely separate processes, supposedly to improve the stability of Safari. Perhaps it did this, but as a result, it eats up far more CPU power than the previous iteration. This can result in your system slowing down, and I'm running into serious issues with heating (when using Flash for example, it eats up almost 70% of the CPU and I'm running around 150F, which is somewhat dangerous).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite classic Mac OS X
Rock solid operating system. My newer machines are all on Mavericks (and soon Yosemite) but I still run Snow Leopard on an older Mac Mini from 2011 because it's a solid operating... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by futureboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuce
Worked well to upgrade an old core 2 duo imac. Now upgraded to maberics and works surprizingly fast for the purpose it is used for ie internet beowsing.
Published 1 day ago by Muhammad T Akbar
1.0 out of 5 stars they say it was for i book G4, but ...
they say it was for i book G4, but when inserted into the i book G4 say cant load because my i book not a Intel processor,so this this didn't work for me,so make sure you doble... Read more
Published 2 days ago by T. ray
5.0 out of 5 stars it was the fastest...
This was great. Sped up the computer - all my upgrades since have bogged my 2007 iMac down...
Published 8 days ago by A. Lewis
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not compatible with my older Mac
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As advertised
Published 9 days ago by John Droz, jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
useful, but why is it so hard to fine the older leopard version?
Published 10 days ago by Sabre4lyfe
5.0 out of 5 stars A must, upgrade for old intel macs
A must, upgrade for old intel macs. Product was brand new saled.
Published 12 days ago by C. Farfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good.
Published 16 days ago by Kacie Keane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well done!!!
Published 17 days ago by Alexandra
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