OS X 10.6 Possibly Due for Q1 2009

Apple’s Director of Engineering of Unix Technologies Jordan Hubbard spoke at LISA ’08
last week. LISA (or Large Installation System Administration
Conference) is a technical conference targeted at engineers and system
administrators. This year’s conference invited
Apple’s Jordan Hubbard to speak about the evolution of Mac OS X from
large servers to embedded platforms. While technical readers may find
the content of Hubbard’s presentation slides (PDF)
quite interesting, the most surprising revelation is a more specific
target date for Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard): 1st Quarter 2009.

When Apple first previewed
Snow Leopard at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2008, they simply
stated that Snow Leopard would ship “in about a year” from the
announcement. A Q1 release would deliver it earlier than most had
expected and makes it conceivable that we could see a demo or
announcement at Macworld San Francisco 2009.

Apple has said that they would be focusing on both quality and
performance in Snow Leopard. In particular, Apple has made it clear
that there will be efforts to improve support for multi-core processors
and GPU processing. These improvements will help developers more
efficiently use these capabilities that already ship in Macs.

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