A Quantum Leap: Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Welp, Apple is at it again and this time they are naming it after another huge kitty. Developers have been busy programming and customers have been gearing up for the release of the latest operating system which they have dubbed Snow Leopard. This new operating system promises five different features that are sure to make the new Apple OS a smash hit.

What are the five features?

Th last operating system introduced by Apple had dozens upon dozens of gadgets and gizmos. This time Apple has focused on something a little less tangible: mechanics and hardware. When I say mechanics, I mean how the operating system interacts with the hardware and what the user can do with those mechanics to get the best out of their hardware. Like I said above, there will be five main features of Mac OS X Snow Leopard and they are as follows:

  • Microsoft Exchange Support
  • Multicore Support
  • 64-bit support
  • Media and Internet Technology
  • Open GL Technology

What is Microsoft Exchange support?

Microsoft Exchange Support allows Mac users and Iphone users to keep the same information on both devices. This is a pretty amazing feature since many of us have evolved into a “tech-creature” who uses at least three technical devices on a daily basis. The apple websites has this to say about MES:

Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange 2007 built into Mail, Address Book, and iCal. Mac OS X uses the Exchange Web Services protocol to provide access to Exchange Server 2007. Because Exchange is supported on your Mac and iPhone, you’ll be able to use them anywhere with full access to your email, contacts, and calendar.

Multi What?!? Multicore!

‘Bout time! Support for both of my cores (or the four cores for some people). This seems to be the biggest consern for myself when thinking about upgrading to a new operating system. Will both of my cores be supported? Mac users can now rest easy knowing that the money they spent on that fancy Quad-Whoeswhatist will work to its fullest abilities. Here is what the Apple website says about Mac OS X Snow Leopards Multicore abilities:

“Grand Central,” a new set of technologies built into Snow Leopard, brings unrivaled support for multicore systems to Mac OS X. More cores, not faster clock speeds, drive performance increases in today’s processors. Grand Central takes full advantage by making all of Mac OS X multicore aware and optimizing it for allocating tasks across multiple cores and processors. Grand Central also makes it much easier for developers to create programs that squeeze every last drop of power from multicore systems.

64-bits, If they are bits, does that mean they are small?

Well not really. 64-bit support means that processors with 64-bit processing capabilities can utilize the massive pluses associated with 64-bit processing. That means having more than 4 GB of RAM (more memory addressing), faster speeds (wider buses from 64-bit processors) and memory mapping files. Here is what Apple has to say about 64-bit Support in Snow Leopard:

To accommodate the enormous amounts of memory being added to advanced hardware, Snow Leopard extends the 64-bit technology in Mac OS X to support breakthrough amounts of RAM — up to a theoretical 16TB, or 500 times more than what is possible today. More RAM makes applications run faster, because more of their data can be kept in the very fast physical RAM instead of on the much slower hard disk.

Media and Internet Upgrades, woho!

This is a biggie in today’s world. Most internet users use some kind of media player and usually uses that media player to play video and music. Supposity Snow Leopard will have the new Quicktime X bundled with the new OS. Most users say that this media player will outdo any other media player on the market. Hopefully that statement is true because they keep bugging me to update mine…Here is what Apple has to say about the Media and Internet Upgrades:

Using media technology pioneered in OS X iPhone, Snow Leopard introduces QuickTime X, a streamlined, next-generation platform that advances modern media and Internet standards. QuickTime X features optimized support for modern codecs and more efficient media playback, making it ideal for any application that needs to play media content.

Because Snow Leopard delivers the fastest implementation of JavaScript to date, web applications are more responsive. Safari runs JavaScript up to 53 percent faster with Snow Leopard.

OpenCL, ‘the heck is that?

Open CL means Open Computing Language. This is something that I have never heard of before. But after reading what Apple has to say about this technology, I was amazed what I learned. The possibilities will make even the most computer illiterate person jump for joy. Can you say GPU processing? That’s right! The graphics card will be able to take on the ability to process regular data when not processing graphical data. This is possible through the OpenCL. Here is what Apple has to say about OpenCL:

Another powerful Snow Leopard technology, OpenCL (Open Computing Language), makes it possible for developers to efficiently tap the vast gigaflops of computing power currently locked up in the graphics processing unit (GPU). With GPUs approaching processing speeds of a trillion operations per second, they’re capable of considerably more than just drawing pictures. OpenCL takes that power and redirects it for general-purpose computing.

Knowing the huge differences that will be introduced in the new version of Mac OS X makes me want to purchase a Mac Mini so I can fully understand the abilities of Macs. Hopefully this thought is unified throughout the computer enthusiasts community.


One Response

  1. consern —> concern (misspelling)
    under “Multi What?!? Multicore!”

    just felt like pointing that out 😀

    cool and thorough post!



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