Snow Leopard In Just Over 2 Weeks?

/ 14 March 2009

Yesterday I somehow got myself stuck doing some Google searching on Snow Leopard, Apple’s next major release of OS X. I don’t really know what I was trying to find, probably the newest rumors and leaks on what’ll be in it (Eric and I originally thought that we wouldn’t get it due to the lack of surface features, but increasingly the few that it has + the importance of the underbelly rewrite are making us more interested in buying it once it comes out), or something. Anyways, I stumbled across an old blog post from way back in November of 2008 that linked to a PDF of a presentation of Jordan Hubbard’s (the director of UNIX Technology Group at Apple Inc.) that very plainly states within a table of historic OS X releases that Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard will come out in the first quarter of 2009 (that quarter, as you know, ends at the end of this month). As you know, Apple had March 24th set as a press event date since before they proceeded to upgrade their desktops earlier this month, and send out an invitation for this Tuesday for an iPhone OS v3.0 “sneak peek”. So, that left me at least (and many others) wondering what was left for the 24th. Though this isn’t final as it isn’t an official Apple announcement, it is my opinion that Snow Leopard’s release has as much a chance of being announced as released as anything else (more of a chance than Apple Netbooks do). So, I wouldn’t be too surprised if this little insider tip (as Hubbard would need to have the real dates on releases) comes true, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t. In fact, I partly hope that it doesn’t come true, and that the OS comes out as already expected in June, just so that Apple has more time to refine the OS before it goes public. Enjoy, Alex.