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“Snow Leopard” chosen as big-cat for Mac OS X 10.6. Lion lovers have to wait.

According to recent reports, Apple’s next major operating system (Mac OS X 10.6) will be called “Snow Leopard” and will drop Power PC support as Apple furthers their stake in Intel. TUAW has already grinded out some pretty major details such as a MacWorld (January 2009) release date.

Ars Technica also confirms the expected release date of January 2009.
Ars reports that:

“Snow Leopard is currently on track to come out during next January’s Macworld, and it will not contain major OS changes. Instead, the release is heavily focused on performance and nailing down speed and stability.”
“Something else that may happen is that Apple may eventually wrap everything in Cocoa—things that are currently only Carbon accessible will be no longer. This (which is reportedly not yet in stone) should make many Objective-C programmers happy, although those who are married to Carbon may get a bit bristly at the news. (Note: There may be some disagreement here as to what exactly “Cocoa-only” means, so take that into account when thinking about this. For example, Apple may only axe Carbon UI stuff.) Of course, it seems like 10.6 is all about making graybeards bristly, as PowerPC users will soon be left out in the cold too.”

We posted yesterday about rumors claiming that Apple may begin seeding Mac OS X 10.6 next week at WWDC. Either way, MacBlogz is eagerly waiting for Mac OS X 10.6, whether it be called “Snow Leopard, Lion or Cougar”.

[updates] Until Apple confirms anything, “rumors” will be just that. Nobody from Apple has commented in regards to “Snow Leopard.” People close to the situation may have indeed reported information they know (or have been told), yet this still remains entirely unconfirmed. (Snow Leopard could very well be an internal codename being used during the development stages)

The History of MAC OS X.
Date Released Version # Big Cat Name Full Apple Operating System Release Name
6 officially released versions so far  
March 24, 2001 10.0 Cheetah Mac OS X version 10.0 Cheetah
September 25, 2001 10.1 Puma Mac OS X version 10.1 Puma
August 23, 2002 10.2 Jaguar Mac OS X version 10.2 Jaguar
October 24, 2003 10.3 Panther Mac OS X version 10.3 Panther
April 29, 2005 10.4 Tiger Mac OS X version 10.4 Tiger
October 26, 2007 10.5 Leopard Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard – current
January 2009? 10.6 Snow Leopard? Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard?

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4 Comments to ““Snow Leopard” chosen as big-cat for Mac OS X 10.6. Lion lovers have to wait.”

Christina @ June 4th, 2008 at 2:07 pm
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Snow Leopard….? Come on now.


dave @ June 4th, 2008 at 2:26 pm
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A january release seems premature, given 10.5 was only release last fall and SJ said at WWDC they wanted to have slightly longer dev cycles [2 years or so, instead of 1.5 years between releases]. As for the other rumors that it’ll drop PPC support, I would say that has a reasonable probability of being true [particularly if the release is later in 2009], but for dropping Carbon support, I would say that’s very unlikely, given that Adobe CS and Microsoft Office both use Carbon for their UI layer.


dave @ June 4th, 2008 at 5:12 pm
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And to follow up on the Carbon VS Cocoa stuff, Apple has ALREADY stated that they are not significantly adding new things to the Carbon UI layer. This was back when they announced there would be 64-bit libraries for the Cocoa UI layer, but not for the Carbon UI layer. And it would be huge pill to swallow considering the API hasn’t even be deprecated [as in, marked as possibly being removed in a future version of the OS].


Shishfortwo @ June 4th, 2008 at 5:40 pm
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Apple doesn’t need to remove anything from Leopard. Nor do they need to make MAJOR, MAJOR changes like everyone is stating to Leopard.

Operating Systems are not a little piece of software, they are the frameworks in which we rely on. Upgrades need to be done in a smooth, slow gradual process.