Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard slinks on sale this Friday August 28

Apple's latest beast based operating system, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, will be available earlier than expected. This Friday, August 28, in fact. Rather t

Apple's latest beast based operating system, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, will be available earlier than expected. This Friday, August 28, in fact.

Rather than filling the operating system with fistfuls of new features, Apple says its worked on the architecture of OS X to make it quicker, lighter and neater.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard will take up half the space of OS X 10.5.7. That means you'll regain up to 7GB of disk space.

There'll also (apparently) be speed increases in Mac OS X Snow Leopard with Mail loading messages twice as quickly.

Time Machine is also set to get a speed boost with initial backup 80% quicker. If you've ever had to wait for a Mac to backup, that'll be music to your ears.

For suited and booted sorts there's also good news: Mac OS X Snow Leopard supports Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. OS X Mail, Address Book and iCal will now work with Exchange with no niggles.

Mac OS X Leopard users can pre-order Mac OS X Snow Leopard as an upgrade for £25 while those people still tussling with OS X Tiger should go for the box set. That includes the new OS plus iLife 09 and iWork 09 for £129. Both version ship Friday.

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