Official: OS X 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’ to debut at Apple dev conference

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In the first moments of his keynote Steve Jobs made officialthe rumours of a tweaked version of OS X – called Snow Leopard. The clue isalmost certainly in the name – the new iteration will be a tweak of Leopardrather than an all-new release.

Jobs said that the sneak peek would be given by senior vicepresident of software engineering at Apple, Bertrand Serlet "after lunch" – thekeynote started at 10am PDT, 6pm BST.

It will be interesting to see if Apple drops support for thePowerPC processor with 10.6, which is rumoured to be a tweak primarily withsecurity in mind.

However, the non-PowerPC rumour has been harpooned onseveral Mac fan sites – primarily because several sites have cited that driversare in development for the older platform. More likely is that PowerPC supportwould be phased out with OS X 11.

OS X 10.6 could also drop support for the G4 processor –it’s already at the very bottom end of Leopard’s specs.



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