Updating mac os 10
New programming frameworks, such as Open CL, were created, allowing software developers to use graphics cards in their applications.
This is also the first Mac OS release since System 7.1.1 that does not support Macs using Power PC processors, as Apple now intends to focus on its current line of Intel-based products.
Since then, Apple has continued to sell Snow Leopard from its online store for the benefit of users that require Snow Leopard in order to upgrade to later versions of OS X, which have all been distributed through the Mac App Store introduced in the Snow Leopard 10.6.6 update.
Snow Leopard does not support Power PC-based Macs (e.g., Power Macs, Power Books, i Books, i Macs (G3-G5), all e Macs, plus pre-February 2006 Mac minis and the Power Mac G4 Cube), although Power PC applications are supported via Rosetta, which is now an optional install.
Snow Leopard is available as an upgrade for Intel-based Macintosh computers.
On August 28, 2009, it was released worldwide, and was made available for purchase from Apple's website and its retail stores at the price of US for a single-user license.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6) is the seventh major release of Mac OS X (now named mac OS), Apple's desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers.Snow Leopard was publicly unveiled on June 8, 2009 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.The release of Snow Leopard came nearly two years after the introduction of Mac OS X Leopard, the second longest time span between successive Mac OS X releases (the time span between Tiger and Leopard was the longest).Unlike those of previous versions of Mac OS X, the goals of Snow Leopard were improved performance, greater efficiency and the reduction of its overall memory footprint.Addition of new end-user features was not a primary consideration: its name signified its goal to be a refinement of the previous OS X version, Leopard.