Apple to ship Snow Leopard Aug. 28; Part of the Windows assault

Apple to ship Snow Leopard Aug. 28; Part of the Windows assault

Summary: Apple said Monday that it will ship the latest upgrade to its OS X Aug. 28.

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Apple said Monday that it will ship the latest upgrade to its OS X Aug. 28. The upgrade, known as Snow Leopard, refines OS X and features built-in Microsoft Exchange support.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reckons that Apple will sell about 5 million copies of Snow Leopard in the September quarter.

As far as pricing goes (statement, resources), Snow Leopard is $29 for current OS X Leopard users (a single license). Family packs---a five-user license---will run $49. If you're a OS X Tiger customer the upgrade will run you $169 for a single license and $229 for a family pack. Anyone that bought a Mac from June 8 to Dec. 26 is eligible for an upgrade for the $9.95 handling fee.

Also see: Windows 7 vs Snow Leopard: How much upgrades really cost

In the bigger picture, Munster figures that Apple will use that $29 price tag to show the Mac platform's value vs. Windows. Munster noted that it won't matter to the messaging that Snow Leopard is considered to be a minor upgrade.Munster said in a research note:

We believe Apple is using a minor upgrade to its operating system as an opportunity to sell it at a lower price ($29 vs. $129 previously) and market the new OS as a selling point for the Mac platform over the Windows platform. In other words, Apple is promoting the Mac platform as a superior alternative to Windows in terms of newer technology, more frequently, for less money. The release of Snow Leopard is not about new features; rather, it is about keeping Mac users up to date with the latest technology vs. Windows XP and Vista users on antiquated technology in our opinion.

For the corporate side of the house, the most notable thing about Snow Leopard is its built-in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 support. Mac OS X Mail, Address Book and iCal will coordinate with Exchange systems.

Some of the other improvements include:

  • A better Finder;
  • Faster loading Mail application;
  • Redesigned QuickTime X;
  • System applications built for 64-bit processors.

Topics: Software, Apple, Enterprise Software, Operating Systems

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  • Just ordered

    I just ordered mine.
    rag@...
    • Money for insignificant upgrades?

      Linux and Microsoft give updates away for free. I guess they feel that getting people to pay to download the minor changes may be insulting to the intelligence of their customers.

      It looks like the four people who are going to pay for this upgrade are eager to part with their money...

      Apple needs to re-evaluate its customer support; its software is too expensive from the start but to expect money for upgrades, come on, give your loyal customers a break or a free bone once in a while. Making your customers pay for your mistakes or omissions is not acceptable in most rational people?s minds. Nothing Apple sells is a bargain. They will never break the 5% mark in market share of operating systems because of the inflated prices. Here are the latest statistics from an unbiased source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_desktop_operating_systems

      Perhaps I am wasting my time here but I have compassion for people, especially Apple customers. The main changes regard MS Server ? which are likely of no value to 98% of Apple users. This release would be a good one to boycott. Perhaps Apple may get the picture that double dipping is not tolerable. Then again you can post a bunch of crap telling me that the $499 I spent on a Dell laptop (including Vista) was a waste of money and that I should have paid more than twice that amount to have the ?Apple Experience?.

      This reminds me of those silly commercials on TV that say my computer doesn?t run right on Vista. They are insulting to people who are capable of tying their own shoes or going to the toilet when they need to pee. Issues of the last century have been addressed. Microsoft and Linux have improved both of their operating systems considerably, especially in recent years. Security and crashing are problems of the past; there is free software available to control the internet pests that compromise systems. The things that were advantages in owning an Apple OS have ceased to be issues. If Apples OS becomes superior to the others it would still have the price issue to contend with. I wonder if Apple will ever change.
      Information_z
      • Snow Leopard contains upgrade to use Mac video card

        to offload some of the OS tasks to, resulting in, they say, significant performance increases.

        $29 for upgrade? Ouch, let go my arm.

        Don't like Apple? Don't buy them. Stick with your $200 netbook or whatever.

        You sound like a PC - pretty cheap.
        HollywoodDog
        • Good grief.....Apple is a PC, IBM clones are PCs

          Quit using the term "PC" for IBM clone systems.
          All "PERSONAL COMPUTERS" include , APPLE, IBM clones and the like. Getting sick of the negative reference to "PC".

          Guess you need to dump your Apple PC too.
          dtroyerSMU
          • Get with the times dude...

            PC used to mean "politically correct"... Now days
            it means "cheep and quirky windows computer"...
            Life is too short to get all butt-hurt and
            retentive about the current terminology. It's
            really not that difficult to keep up... Perhaps
            you should go study up on Taoism... You could
            learn a lot.
            i8thecat
          • It means...

            ..."cheap and quirky computer" to giggling kids who don't know what they are talking about, or how to spell, and think they are smarter than everyone else.

            Politically Correct attitudes came out 15 to 20 years after PC stood for personal computer. Apple makes PC's as well. Sure they aren't as functional, but they are still PC's.

            A young bird cheeps. Someone who uses coupons is cheap. Someone who is ignorant and foolishly condescending at the same time is uneducated and would appear smarter by saying nothing.

            If you refrained from writing and instead read what people who have a clue are talking about, you could learn a lot, and in some time, perhaps even make an intelligent contribution to the discussions.

            Good luck...
            Information_z
          • Actually, Apple PC's were first

            Apple is generally considered to have introduced the first practical personal computer. The Apple II was introduced in 1977 long before The IBM PC was even a glimmer in the eye of IBM. The main competition was CP/M but it was not as widely utilised in the early days. It was mainly a hobbyist system while the Apple II was already being used by corporations.

            However, the world wanted a standard, and when IBM put their imprimatur on DOS, corporate America jumped on the bandwagon, and that left the door open for Microsoft to take control of the computer industry.
            jorjitop
      • For Free? In what universe?

        I'm not sure what upgrades that Microsoft gives away that you are talking about. I paid big bucks for an upgrade from XP to Vista, and then downgraded back to XP. Last time I checked, I was going to have to pay again for Windows 7. I need a Windows machine for work. I actually left Vista on my Boot Camp partition.

        At least Apple is not shipping home users cripple-ware, ala Microsoft.
        Grammyputer
        • You...

          ...watch too many of Apples TV commercials.

          The key sentence in your post was "I need a Windows machine for work". Another words Apple makes a computer and OS that are not totally compatable with what 95% of the public uses.

          I still use XP on one of my computers . No problems. I have Vista on another machine. No problems. I expect I'll get Windows 7 when I buy a new computer, and have no problems with it.

          Linux also runs trouble free, and it is free.

          Why buy into a higher costing system of software?
          Information_z
          • Except...

            You say the key sentence is about him needing a Windows computer for work and then slag the Apple. The error in your logic is that the same can be said of your Linux computers. Are they any less business oriented because you need Windows to run some apps? He can use crossover and now you loose your case entirely.

            As far as your earlier argument goes, it's also full of Swiss cheese... Nothing is free. Windows 2.1 to Vista has cost me bundles of dough. The dozen or so distros of Linux (I am also a linux fan) have cost me various video card upgrades as distributions have changed their requirements and yes Mac costs a bunch to go from OS 8.6 up to 10.6.

            For me a $29 upgrade to an OS with half the footprint of its predecessor, 64 bit support along with the performance upgrades that have been claimed is the best deal on the block.

            Do you have another option that provides the same?
            awasson@...
          • I bought Vista x64 through a Media Center...

            purchase. The software cost was of no consequence on OEM installs. But with the poor performance of Media Center and all the headaches of making my MCard work with Vista; I'm looking very interested at this deal.

            Linux now has entered the QAM market, and will assuredly have decryption capability with this. Since they say the software for it runs on OSX already, I'm chomping at the bit, to see more of this!!!
            JCitizen
          • The price of change

            The cost to change operating systems is much less for Windows these days. A new version of Vista starts at $99. An upgrade from any version of Windows to Windows 7 has been pegged at $49. Service Packs are free for the taking (that is equivalent or greater than the Snow Leopard upgrade.

            Linux is free. There is a software download for Ubuntu that will run Windows drivers. There is no reason to upgrade hardware when switching to Linux. Linux software is adequate to accomplish most business needs, unless specialized Windows software is used in the business.

            If you already have Apple software, I feel sorry for your predicament. It may make sense to upgrade, since Apple did not do the proper job of writing the code in the first place. I am sure RAM is pricey for an Apple computer. This upgrade should be free, which is what I am suggesting you should push for as Apple customers. I would boycott the upgrade as a matter of principle. Your computer still does what it did when you bought it.

            When speed is an issue with Windows or Linux computers, a RAM upgrade is the cheapest and easiest way of dealing with the problem. Currently RAM is less than $30.

            I noticed recently Windows equipped 15.4" screen, fully functional laptops on sale for $399. Downloading Ubuntu and making the system dual booting is the best way to get all your software for free and have a speedy machine. Sure this is 10x the price of Snow Leopard, but you can run all the software you want to and you have a new laptop. Upgrades are free with Ubuntu; there is a new one every 6 months. They are very easy to install. It will pay for itself in short order.

            Today's answer is not always clear. Next year things may change dramatically. Apple resists price lowering. That is why I stick with Windows and Linux machines. The price is constantly less, and will continue to be less as long as Apple wants to sell a few expensive machines instead of attracting new market share through lower costs. I want to support lower costs by buying from companies that use that as a business model
            Information_z
          • @Information_z

            ?The cost to change operating systems is much less for Windows these days. A new version of Vista starts at $99. An upgrade from any version of Windows to Windows 7 has been pegged at $49. Service Packs are free for the taking (that is equivalent or greater than the Snow Leopard upgrade.?

            That $49 was for a neutered version of Win7 and that offer only lasted for 15 days which has long passed. The version I needed was $99 and now it $199. That much higher then the Snow Leopard upgrade even if your running Tiger and not Leopard.

            ?Linux is free. There is a software download for Ubuntu that will run Windows drivers. There is no reason to upgrade hardware when switching to Linux. Linux software is adequate to accomplish most business needs, unless specialized Windows software is used in the business.?

            Linux is fine as a server or a hobbyist computer, but as an computer for the masses, Linux is nowhere near ready.

            ?If you already have Apple software, I feel sorry for your predicament. It may make sense to upgrade, since Apple did not do the proper job of writing the code in the first place.?

            Lets see, Ballmer is on record stating Win7 is Vista only better. So basically if MS did a proper job of writing the code in the first place, then Vista wouldn't have been ridiculed extensively and there wouldn't be such a rush to get Win7 out the door.

            ?I am sure RAM is pricey for an Apple computer.?

            Now I know you don't even remotely have a clue of what your are talking about. Apple uses the very same RAM as PCs do. It don't cost any more or any less.

            ?This upgrade should be free, which is what I am suggesting you should push for as Apple customers. I would boycott the upgrade as a matter of principle. Your computer still does what it did when you bought it.?

            So should Win7 but it's not. And guess what? It costs more to upgrade a PC to Win7 than it does a Mac user to upgrade to Snow Leopard.

            ?When speed is an issue with Windows or Linux computers, a RAM upgrade is the cheapest and easiest way of dealing with the problem. Currently RAM is less than $30.?

            Yes this holds true with Macs as well. And it makes a bigger difference with Windows because the paging system on Windows is anemic. Linux and OS X don't have that problem.

            ?That is why I stick with Windows and Linux machines. The price is constantly less, and will continue to be less as long as Apple wants to sell a few expensive machines instead of attracting new market share through lower costs. I want to support lower costs by buying from companies that use that as a business model.?

            Good for you. But remember the old adage ?You get what you pay for? The build quality of those cheap PC's are well cheap. Keep on supporting those companies that offer cheap. Just because you like cheap junk doesn't mean everybody does.

            Here is one way of comparing cheap with quality. Go out and buy some cheap bed sheets at Wal-Mart, then go splurge on some expensive bed sheets with, say, 1500 thread count. When you look at them, they look exactly the same and wonder what the big deal is. You might even look at the expensive set with disdain just because it costs more. However, as soon as you climb in bed with the sheets with the 1500 thread count, you will instantly understand what quality is and wonder how you even put up the cheap stuff all these years and won't want to use the cheap ones again.
            Axsimulate
          • Check you facts

            Windows7 pricing:

            ? US: Windows 7 Home Premium ($49.99) and Windows 7 Professional ($99.99)
            From:
            http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/06/windows-7-pricing-announced-cheaper-than-vista.ars

            Anyone that has tried Ubuntu knows that it is a very capable desktop Operating System.

            Win7 is one of the most effective upgrades yet, from what I have read. Performance is greatly increased over Vista, which was an improvement over XP. I have stated before that I think it should be free. But that does not change the fact it is a code improvement, not a code castration.

            If purchasing RAM and installing it does not make Apple computers significantly faster then the cost is irrelevant. The fact that the speed of Linux and Windows computers benefit greatly from more RAM and upgrading RAM is very inexpensive is the point.

            Thread count in sheets and Walmart have nothing to do with computing. Apple software is not better than Windows or Linux - it is restricted software that cannot do what Linux and Windows can. Pay more and get less if you want. I find that approach strange, but there is no logic or facts that will change emotions. I am sure customer satisfaction and self delusion are hard to differentiate from within.
            Information_z
          • The Windows hardware was expensive...

            too, when you get into this DRM slathered part of the industry.

            HP is not very forthcoming on a Win7 upgrade as I have two special Home Premium licenses for both the operating system and Media Center. Thanks to RIAA, this is too sophisticated to be totally reliable; although better than a cable set top box.

            I am willing to pay the premium for new Apple equipment and tinker with the QAM and premium content encryption/decryption packages that Linux enthusiasts have written.

            I'm just starting into this but you may already know more about [b]mythTV[/b]!
            JCitizen
          • ditto

            Not to mention the overpriced hardware.
            I Hate Malware
          • Excellent question!

            [i]"Linux also runs trouble free, and it is free.

            Why buy into a higher costing system of software?"[/i]

            Precisely why I dumped Windows and went to Ubuntu.
            rahbm
          • This is truly amazing.

            For years I've been reading blogs here on ZDNET, & to be honest there
            weren't that many Windows users who were willing to give Linux a spin.
            Now a days many people that use Windows also use Linux. Amazing,
            even L.D. has been using Linux for sometime.
            Intellihence
        • He meant...

          UNSIGNIFICANT UPGRADES like just Apple said! minor upgrades = unsignificant and that's what Windows has been doing always minor upgrading for free at least every major release of Windows is SIGNIFICANT and is at least every two years not like Apple with shorters life spans for their OSX flavors
          keoz
        • @grammyputer

          Somewhere along the way you confused changing operating systems with upgrading. I'm sorry that as an early adopter you got burnt with vista but thats the risk you take, I'd rather wait and do thorough research before committing. After all there's nothing wrong with XP pro. Updates and service packs are free through M$ so why does Apple make you pay?
          I Hate Malware