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Apple to release Snow Leopard on 28 August

The new operating system features built-in support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, improvements to 90% of the features, and slimmed-down code that takes up half the space of previous operating systems

Apple will release its next version of the Apple operating system, dubbed Snow Leopard, on 28 August.

The new operating system features built-in support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, improvements to 90% of the features, and slimmed-down code that takes up half the space of previous operating systems.

The improvements include:

  • Mail messages load twice as quickly
  • 80% faster initial back-up using Time Machine
  • Safari browser that is 50% quicker
  • Redesigned QuickTime player
  • A 7Gbyte saving in disc space.

Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, which uses 64-bit processors, offers increased performance and improved security while remaining compatible with 32-bit applications, the company said.

It features Grand Central Dispatch (GCD), which allows software developers to write applications that take advantage of multicore processors.

OpenCL, a C-based open standard, allows developers to tap the power of the graphics processing unit for other tasks.

Apple is offering Snow Leopard to existing users for an upgrade price of £25.

Apple will also release the server version, Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard, which includes innovative features, including Podcast Producer 2 and Mobile Access Sever, for £399, including unlimited client licences.

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