Fairly reliable sources are now pointing to June 8th as the release date of Mac OSX 10.6 – “Snow Leopard”, the next major upgrade of the Mac OSX and notable most specifically for NOT introducing a bunch of spiffy new interface features (the kind of geeky fun we have come to expect from Apple) but instead putting its primary focus on under-the-hood performance improvements and enhancements.
Snow Leopard is expected to make great advances in processing, to include the new Quicktime shown a few posts back, to deliver huge OpenCL possibilities for developers of all kinds of applications, to continue to expand on multi-touch feature support, and to also have a considerably smaller footprint (or paw-print) than previous versions of the operating system, freeing up room for users like me to fill their hard drives with even more crap than ever before.
In the absence of any cool screenshots, I’ve just dropped in that cute picture above, plus a link to Apple’s main info page about Snow Leopard – and also, for those of you who are so-inclined, a link to SnowLeopard.org – The Snow Leopard Trust, the world’s leading authority on the study, conservation and protection of the endangered snow leopard out in the real world.
(*NERD ALERT :: RISK OF DROWSINESS)
I’ve always had a problem with the “History” in a web browser. Too linear, too uninformative – and too drawn out if you happen to visit a lot of websites (if you’re as big a geek as I am…)
Thankfully Apple seem to have cottoned on to this if a report on the Apple Insider website is anything to go by.
They’ve decided that a far more visual diagram (possibly a tree diagram) against a timeline (see the outline proposition from the patent application above) would make a better model that every browser’s current standard which is no more than an unstructured and unmanaged list in purely chronological.
It’s a great idea and one that appears to be destined for implimentation in their Safari web browser (which is available for both Macs and PCs).
Given that the report is based on new patent filings (from January and April), you have to wonder how far off this may be.
But a big thumbs up from me… Great to see that the “Think Different” ethos is still alive and well in Cupertino.
Yesterday’s OSX update from Apple was a bit of a non-event really; very much under the hood and invisible improvements and fixes.
And “improvements”. Again very little to notice and too many references to “improved reliability”… so, er, bug fixes basically.
Not going to whine too much as any update tends to be a good thing all-in-all (s long as it doesn’t break anything) but I just felt a bit *Meh* at not having any cool new features show up.
Probably says more about what a spoilt bunch of bastards some of us are ;)