Apple showcases Snow Leopard OS

Mac OS X Screenshot With the launch of the iPhone 3G, Apple had also previewed Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The newly showcased operating system is based on the OS X Leopard and is the next major version of the same OS.

With a new technology code-named “Grand Central”, Snow Leopard offers support for multi-core processors. Hence creating programs that take full advantage of the power of multi-core Macs is made easier for developers.

Also it enables breakthrough amounts of RAM and features a new, modern media platform with QuickTime X. Also Snow Leopard features support for modern hardware with Open Computing Language (OpenCL). The OpenCL allows any application tap into the vast gigaflops of GPU computing power previously available only to graphics applications. Moreover, OS X’s lead in 64-bit technology, Snow Leopard raises the software limit on system memory up to a theoretical 16 TB of RAM.

“We have delivered more than a thousand new features to OS X in just seven years and Snow Leopard lays the foundation for thousands more,” said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “In our continued effort to deliver the best user experience, we hit the pause button on new features to focus on perfecting the world’s most advanced operating system.”

Most importantly, the new operating system supports Microsoft Exchange 2007 in OS X applications Mail, iCal and Address Book, making it easier to integrate Macs into organizations of any size.

In addition, the Snow Leopard introduces QuickTime X, which optimizes support for modern audio and video formats resulting in extremely efficient media playback. While the incorporated Safari browser includes fast implementation of JavaScript making Web 2.0 applications feel more approachable.

Snow Leopard OS is expected to ship in about a year’s time.