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Mac OS X version 10.6.3 Snow Leopard (Mac computer with an Intel processor required)
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- 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
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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.
Mac computer with an Intel processor
1GB of memory
5GB of available disk space
DVD drive for installation
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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.
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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.
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
Now Exposé is integrated in the Dock, giving you a quick and easy way to see all the open windows of an application.
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.
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.
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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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.
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).
I have only installed it on only one computer so far (running on an Intel chip and 4GB of RAM), but installation was a breeze, and Snow Leopard has been running smoothly so far. I previously strongly disliked `Preview' and `Quicktime' since they were so slow (I preferred freeware `Xee' and `VLC Media Player'). With Snow Leopard, loading times have noticeably improved for both Preview and Quicktime. I haven't yet noticed other improvements in speed, but that might be because my computer was already fast to begin with (4GB is great!).
Additionally, while I personally upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard, it is nice to know that even if you weren't using OS 10.5 (Leopard) and were still on OS 10.4 (Tiger), you can upgrade directly to OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
I didn't have issues with Leopard, so I don't think Snow Leopard was to me as essential an upgrade as Windows 7 will be to Windows Vista. That being said, Snow Leopard is a very strong and reliable OS, so I don't regret my purchase. The low price makes this an affordable upgrade solution, but due to the lack of drastic changes between Snow Leopard and its predecessor, one that isn't absolutely necessary.
The MacBook is also in rougher shape. The track pad stopped clicking and dragging, so a USB mouse was necessary (Amazon brand, highly recommend for the money!). The battery also lasted about 5 minutes before dying, so it always needs to be plugged in. Basically, the computer probably should have been junked, but we use it for basic things and I'm not ready to spend thousands on a new Mac. I figured I'd chance it for $30, and if it didn't work, I'd have only lost a small amount of money.
I was concerned that this update would make the computer very slow, or that it wouldn't really be able to support it at all. Though the computer is slower, it's not as slow as it was before the update. The older computer seems to be handling it well (despite the battery basically being completely useless now, large X through it).
Overall, I'm pleased. After I updated to Snow Leopard, I went on apple.com and updated to Yosemite. My browsers are supported and more secure again and I've been able to put my music on my iPhone. That's basically all I was looking for.
Expect another couple of years from Apple for support (Note: Sierra doesn't work on Mac Pro 1,1 or 2,1 - need SSE 4.0, which the Xeon CPUs don't support).
By "refinements" to Leopard I mean that Snow Leopard brings:
- more speed
- better overall organization
- the ability to talk to "Exchange" servers (common in a Corporate environment and a must nowadays)
- New QuickTime Player
- Better for laptops (will adjust time zones when traveling, will pick up hotspots easier, trackpad can be adjusted to multi-tap)
- Better accessibility for those who are visually impaired
There are other features as well ... but all of these things are tweaks. You may look at the GUI and wonder what has changed ... not a lot. But what has changed is under the covers and matters.
I would recommend a companion book if you are new to Leopard (Snow Leopard more specifically) and the Mac platform in general is new for you. David Pogue's Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual is a useful adjunct resource that can help you get the most out of your new OS.
5 Stars. I still wish Mac would have offered it as a free upgrade though.