Mac OS X Snow Leopard

The previous of Mac OS X deliver big changes on the appearance and end user functionality. Snow Leopard focuses on increasing the performance, efficiency, and stability to the operating system.

The most noticeable changes that Mac user thoughts about Mac OS X Snow Leopard are: the disk space that the operating system frees up compared to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, a more responsive Finder rewritten in Cocoa, faster Time Machine backups, more reliable and user friendly disk ejects, a more powerful version of the Preview application and a faster Safari web browser.

Finder can take advantage of the new technologies introduced in Snow Leopard for the rewrite of Finder. An update of the web browser includes a boost in JavaScript and HTML performance, which make web browsing become faster.

Mac OS X v10.6 also features Microsoft Exchange Server support for Mail and Address Book, new 64-bit technology capable of supporting greater amounts of RAM.

Back-end platform changes include improved support for multi-core processors through Grand Central Dispatch which attempts to ease the development of applications with multi-core support, and thus improve the CPU utilization. It used to be that developers needed to code programs in such a way that the software would explicitly take advantage of the multiple cores, which could easily become a tedious and troublesome task, especially in complex software.