Items tagged with Snow Leopard

There's mounting evidence to suggest that Apple has put Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) out to pasture, thereby leaving users of what's become a legacy operating system to fend for themselves out in the wild. For the second time, Apple rolled out a security patch for present and past OS X builds dating back to OS X 10.7, or Mountain Lion, and stopping just short of supporting of Snow Leopard. According to ComputerWorld, Apple did the same thing back in December when it patched Safari 6 and 7 for newer version of OS X, but neglected to update Safari 5.1.10, which is the latest version available for Snow... Read more...
A few years ago, an upstart manufacturer named Psystar made headlines when it began offering low-end x86 systems loaded with Mac OS X. Psystar was predictably sued by Apple, but offered an EFI tool to make it easier for anyone with a 'Hackintosh' to run OS X. The company never contested Apple's charge that it had violated the company's copyrights, but instead claimed on appeal that Apple's Software License Agreement (SLA) was uneforceable.   That argument has been rejected by a panel of judges on the 9th Circuit. Judge Schroeder wrote the opinion for the three judge panel. Psystar's argument... Read more...
The new MacBook family is available in five different models: two 13.3-inch units, two 15.4-inch versions, and a 17-inch behemoth. The base prices for these models range from $1,199 up to $2,499, but with configuration options such as faster processors, more memory, and larger-sized hard drives or SSDs, you can easily boost the cost considerably. In the past we’ve dinged Apple for putting a premium price on its notebooks when compared against models with similar specs from other manufacturers. You could easily make the argument, however, that this is simply not a fair comparison--comparing... Read more...
With the early 2011 refresh of the MacBook Pro family, Apple came out with both guns blazing. Not only is the entire lineup now powered by Intel’s second generation Core i5 and i7 mobile processors (commonly known by its codename, Sandy Bridge), but the new MacBook Pros also feature the brand-new Thunderbolt I/O technology (the official name of Intel’s Light Peak technology)--which supports up to 10Gbps bi-directional communications for high-bandwidth external peripherals, such as RAID arrays and HD displays. Add these new features to an outstanding chassis design, a sharp display,... Read more...
The Khronos Group that maintains the OpenGL API launched two new flavors of the specification at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) this week. OpenGL 4.0 is designed to update the API to DirectX 11-level functionality, while the 3.3 release is meant to allow previous generations of OGL hardware (presumably 3.x-compliant cards) to take advantage of OpenGL 4.0 functionality. Khronos lists the following features as new in version 4.0: Two new shader stages that enable the GPU to offload geometry tessellation from the CPU;Per-sample fragment shaders and programmable fragment shader input positions... Read more...
Apple is a funny beast. We say "beast" because it's hard to deny that this company is ripping through the tech world like no other that we've seen in the last decade. Our television programs are laden with Apple ads poking fun at Windows and seducing you into buying yet another iPod, and every quarterly earnings report is filled with optimism. Even in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, Apple was breaking profit records left and right. The company has continued to sell millions of iPhones, millions of iPods and even millions of Macs. And remember, it wasn't that long ago... Read more...
Apple is a funny beast. We say "beast" because it's hard to deny that this company is ripping through the tech world like no other that we've seen in the last decade. Our television programs are laden with Apple ads poking fun at Windows and seducing you into buying yet another iPod, and every quarterly earnings report is filled with optimism. Even in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, Apple was breaking profit records left and right. The company has continued to sell millions of iPhones, millions of iPods and even millions of Macs.And remember, it wasn't that long... Read more...
Apple prides itself on providing operating systems that "just work," though some are saying OS X 10.6 (its latest version) "just works against you." Too harsh? Maybe, but there's no denying that the latest bug is one that's simply too large to stay quiet about. For years, OS X was as stable a consumer OS as the world had ever seen; by and large, the system never really caused users any major issues, and security concerns were practically nil.With the introduction of Snow Leopard, however, more bugs than ever are surfacing. Some of it probably has to do with the wider customer base that Apple has... Read more...
This is more AMD bragging than anything else, but with all the questions arising over Snow Leopard incompatibilities, it's great to hear some news regarding--well--compatibilities. Alongside the outfit's new Opteron EE CPU, it's also proclaiming that its ATI Radeon HD 4800 series graphics devices are fully compatible with OS X 10.6In fact, AMD asserts that these cards--which are found in select iMac and Mac Pro configurations--complements Snow Leopard's fully compliant OpenCL Version 1.0 implementation. In case you weren't aware, OpenCL is a key enabler of ATI Stream technology, which allows developers... Read more...
One of the bigger headlines this week is that Apple has let fly with their latest revision of OSX 10.6 aka Snow Leopard.  Stealing a little limelight from Microsoft's Windows 7 is none too easy we suppose but hey, we're all just PCs inside anyway, when you come to think of it, so can't we all just get along?  Of course we can.  A true Techie knows design elegance when they see it and for sure Snow Leopard is an OS that dazzles with glitz and glitter and delivers with solid utility and speed.  Heck we're even jonesing a little over Quicktime X's screencaster that lets you record... Read more...
Thinking of upgrading your Mac to 'Snow Leopard?' At just $29 to upgrade from OS X 10.5, the answer to that is probably "yes" if you own an Apple machine. Generally speaking, early reviews have shown that the operating system is a worthy upgrade, and while it's certainly nothing revolutionary, it does offer up enough new functionality to justify the small asking price.But not all is peachy in the world of Snow Leopard. Early testers have discovered a strange quirk within the OS that casts some doubt on just how "64-bit" the "64-bit OS" really is. While the ins and outs of the story are quite complex,... Read more...
Apple's new OS, Snow Leopard, goes on sale Friday and can be pre-ordered online starting today.It's a pretty inexpensive upgrade - $29 for folks who work on OS X 10.5 Leopard. Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6, is said to refine "90 percent of the more than 1,000 projects that make up Mac OS X.The main refinements, according to Apple, appear to be in the speed department. Mail is supposed to load up to twice as fast, Time Machine to to its initial backup up to 80 percent faster, and a 64-bit version of Safari 4 that's supposed to be up to 50 percent faster and not be susceptible to crashes caused by plug-ins.The... Read more...
For PC lovers, it's October 22nd that's circled in your calendar. But that's not the only major OS that's launching this fall. This week at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in California, the company announced that its long awaited OS X Snow Leopard operating system would be shipping in September, undercutting Microsoft's own debut by a solid month. Apple already told us that Snow Leopard was less about being a completely new OS and more about refining the innovations in OS X Leopard, but we never imagined it would get priced as such. Instead of charging folks $129 as usual, Apple will... Read more...
Steve Jobs says the next version of Apple's OS, nicknamed Snow Leopard, will concentrate on easing programming for parallel processors. Of course multi-core CPUs already pose challenges to use all the available processing capacity they're capable of, but in addition to that, Jobs is proposing using the OS to grab available graphics processing power for CPU functions too. Jobs said Apple is proposing a new processing standard called Open CL (Open Computing Language) that allows programmers to take advantage of graphics processors. "Basically it lets you use graphics processors to do computation,"... Read more...