Mac OS X 10.6 version, officially known as “Snow Leopard”, was launched by Apple on August 28, 2009. This was the seventh major release of Apple’s operating system for Macintosh computers. This was primarily billed as under-the-hood changes to “Leopard”, but it is much more significant than that.
With the release of Snow Leopard, Apple focused strongly on improved performance, greater efficiency & reduction of its memory footprint. Although some changes were made to the existing features of Leopard, addition of new features was not a primary goal with the release of Snow Leopard. This Mac OS X 10.6 version was succeeded by Mac OS X 10.7 i.e. Lion on July 20, 2011.
For the first time since the Mac OS 8.5 was released, Apple left behind an entire processor architecture. Apple left behind PowerPC processors and used Intel CPU in Snow Leopard operating system version.
Some of the changes in Mac OS X 10.6:
Full 64-bit support: The programs will no longer be limited to 4GB of RAM and both OS & almost all system applications such as Finder, Mail, iChat, Safari, etc are ready for 64-bit operation. However, Snow Leopard is entirely backwards-compatible with 32-bit applications.
OpenCL : It takes advantage of powerful modern GPUs that is also available for general purpose computing.
QuickTime X: It introduced a new QuickTime player that takes full advantage of Core Audio, Core Video & Core Animation. With this, you can trim & export media for iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, YouTube, etc without worrying about the codecs to use. It even facilitates to record audio & video using built-in microphone & webcam.
Exchange Support: The support for Exchange Server is built right into the OS, thus, Mail, iCal & Address Book can work with Exchange Server 2007.
Time Machine: The time machine backups are up to 50% faster, which will certainly helpful for first full backup.
Features lost in OS X 10.6
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