Apple unveiled a slew of additions to its Snow Leopard update for Mac OS X at its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). The goodies include:
- Microsoft Exchange support built in
- Expose -- a Dock feature that allows users to manage desktop clutter
- 45 percent faster installs
- Half the footprint of the previous OS, allowing users to reclaim 6GB of hard drive space
- Improved text selection (seems minor, but this can really speed up workflow)
- Handwriting recognition for the trackpad
- Safari 4 -- Improved speed, 100 out of 100 in the Acid3 compatibility test (IE8 gets 21 out of 100), plug-in crash resistance, http streaming, Cover Flow-style view of history
- All major system apps running at 64-bit
- Central Dispatch, to take advantage of multi-core CPUs
- OpenCL standard to speed up graphics performance
Snow Leopard will be available in September as a $29 upgrade for Leopard users, with a $49 family pack. The standalone price is $129.
Any of these features excite you?