Summary: Snow Leopard/MacOS 10.6 isn't a blockbuster. It has a few new applications that aren't likely to start an Internet storm. The updates to the existing apps are the polish of this version, one that quietly fixes and augments the applications.
Apple G4/G5 users will likely feel a bit bruised by omission of support or upgrades to this version, but Apple at some point knew it would have to cut off support.
Summary: We're glad Apple put the brakes on marketing-driven feature bloat. Going in and overhauling the foundations and frameworks is a great idea - and something Microsoft is partly doing with Windows 7 in an attempt to woo disgruntled Vista and satisfied XP users. We're also glad that Apple is charging a relatively nominal price. Buyers might feel stung if they had to pay Â£100 or so for what a lot of users would see as nothing more than a lot of plumbing fixes.
Summary: Overall, OS X 10.5.5 seems like a solid mid-lifecycle product release. There are, of course, still some annoying problems we hope are fixed in 10.5.6 - the aforementioned Automator/iCal issue and the ability (which we had in 10.4) to add more columns to Spotlight's results view are the two at the top of my list. But even without these fixes, 10.5.5 brings welcome improvements to the table, and it seems to do so without any obvious downsides.
Excerpt: Apple's happily admitted from day one that Snow Leopard was to be a better Leopard, building on the foundations of Mac OS X 10.5. The thinking was to make things better, faster, easier - an upgrade about refinement rather than revolution.
Summary: Intel Mac users will like Snow Leopard's smartly designed interface enhancements, and its Exchange support is a must-have (especially with Outlook for Mac on the way). With a ton of technological improvements, Snow Leopard is worth the AU$39 upgrade fee.
Pros: Interface enhancements make finding apps and files much easier, A completely overhauled QuickTime X now sports a cleaner interface and recording tools, Exchange support across Mail, the Address Book and iCal is huge for those who take their Macs to work
Cons: Snow Leopard works with Intel Macs only, PowerPC users are out of luck, Requires AU$39 upgrade fee
Excerpt: Most people who own a Mac will buy external storage at some stage. Leopard gives you a good reason because you’ll need one if you want to run Time Machine, for instance. Perhaps your primary drive is filling up or you want to get into the habit of saving material to an external drive. Whatever your reasons, having a reliable external drive to hand is always useful.
Summary: The grace of Leopard's interface enhancements makes productivity more pleasurable with a Mac, as more than 300 functional and fun features top off this update.
Pros: Elegant backup via Time Machine, Finder offers powerful navigation tweaks, Novel workspace customisation through Spaces' virtual desktops, Integration with Web data and applications, Cover Flow visualises file browsing, iChat Theater offers green-screen backgrounds and lets users access each others' desktops, Boot Camp included
Cons: Some new features, such as geotagging, aren't obvious to find, Users with older Macs can't run Leopard
Excerpt: Ainda com o nome "Tiger", não é desta que temos o "Leopard" nos Mac.
Este update vem a responder aos problemas que foram encontrados no último mês:
- Problemas na impressão de certos documentos com caractéres Coreanos ou Chineses, que provocavam erros no próprio sistema operativo.
- Sincronização melhorada com os novos iPod's.
- Na campo de redes, já não é necessário reiniciar o pc quando ligamo-nos a uma rede Comcast.