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Discovering Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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See what Apple gives you in this Mac OS X update for just $29. You won't see big interface changes, but there has been a lot of work done under the hood. Eric Geier discusses most of the performance enhancements and new features.
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Apple released an update to the Mac OS X operating system (OS), Snow Leopard, at the end of August. This makes it version 10.6. Although it might not have as many visual changes as Windows 7 does from Vista, it does have many notable enhancements and additions. The first thing you'll probably notice is the price: It's only $29 to upgrade from version 10.5.

More Support for the Faster 64-bit Computers

Since Tiger, Apple has been adding more and more 64-bit support. The Mac OS X kernel in Snow Leopard and most of the OS applications have been rebuilt to run at 64-bit in addition to 32-bit. However, this excludes iTunes, Front Row, Grapher, and DVD Player applications. Plus right now only a select number of Apple computers are compatible with all the added support.

If you aren't a power user and have a typical 32-bit processor, this doesn't help you out. But if you do invest in a more powerful system, Mac OS X is ready more than ever.

Running a 64-bit processor means it can process bigger chunks of data more quickly, giving you a faster, higher-performing computer.

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