A few months ago, Apple announced that the next version of Mac OS X – that’s 10.6, or Snow Leopard, to give it its pussycat name would be released in September. Now we all know software release dates. September often turns into next July, or worse, but this time things are different. After a bit of speculation, it’s been confirmed that Snow Leopard will be formally released this Friday, 28 August. OK, that’s only a few days before the beginning of September, but by software standards it’s more than a little unusual.
Snow Leopard isn’t a massive upgrade – it’s mostly a matter of refinements, tweaks, and a lot of background stuff that users won’t see, but which will provide developers with a solid platform to make better applications. And it’s for those reasons that Apple are keeping the price down. Subject to the usual mutterings about US to UK price conversions being a bit dodgy ($29 becomes £25, but it’s important to note that the US price does exclude sales taxes), it’s remarkably cheap for an OS upgrade. And if (like me) you have multiple Macs, there’s the 5 licence “family pack”, which I’ve ordered from Amazon at a quite reasonable £39.
I’ll be installing it on the MacBook more or less immediately, and on the Mini and the iMac soon after. Details, reports, and comments may follow. Or not, depending.
 All these versions of Mac OS X have been named after some kind of kitty cat. The current one, 10.5, is Leopard, before that there was Tigger Tiger, and so on and so forth