WWDC 2009 – OSX Snow Leopard feature set announced

Wow. Phil Schiller is a man who doesn’t hang about. Having already announced a whole new raft of updates to the MacBook family, the Senior VP of

Wow. Phil Schiller is a man who doesn’t hang about. Having already announced a whole new raft of updates to the MacBook family, the Senior VP of Apple has already launched into the new feature set for Apple’s new OS, Snow Leopard.

After taking a sizeable pop at Windows 7, Schiller announced the main features of Snow Leopard:

Faster with a smaller footprint – it's 45% faster to install and it's claimed that over half the footprint (6GB) is recovered, the Mail client is also 2.3x faster and web browsing is similarly speedy

Built-in Exposé – Exposé is now built in to the dock – just click and hold on an app icon and you’ll be able to zoom to see all the windows of that app

Safari 4 – shipping for Leopard, Tiger and, er, Windows, with new features including Crash Resistance. Like Google Chrome and IE8 it means that one tab error won’t bring down the whole browser. There’s also a slick Coverflow-style browsing history and full Spotlight search

Speedy Safari – a claimed 7.8x faster than IE

New-look Quicktime 10 – with accelerated hardware, HTTP streaming, as well as a neat visual timeline for quick and easy editing and exporting

Exchange Support – hopping into bed with Microsft, Apple is offering Exchange support for Mail, Calendar, and Address Book, as well as easy syncing to business servers, making the Mac a more viable business option

Handwriting recognition – for the trackpad.A neat little afterthought

But the biggest cheers came when the price was announced – it'll only cost existing Leopard users  a paltry $29 and $49 for a family pack and will be heading our way in September.