Apple Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard £25

1st Sep 2009 | 09:00

Apple Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

See how the other half lives with Snow Leopard, the new Mac operating system

TechRadar rating:

4.5 stars

A surprisingly solid point-zero update that we wholeheartedly recommend Leopard users upgrade to as it provides a faster Mac, a bunch of hard drive space returned to you and Exchange support


Improved performance; Reduced - not increased – footprint; Built-in Exchange support; Stacks and Exposé much more useful; Hugely improved Services; Lots of minor beneficial tweaks; Extremely affordable; The beginnings of malware protection; Recording, trimming and sharing in QuickTime Player


The usual third-party software incompatibilities; PowerPC owners are stuffed; Rosetta not installed by default; Some dodgy interface decisions/no unified UI; A few bugs lurking - even in Apple software; QuickTime Player feature-set should have gone further

Those who argue that Snow Leopard is no more than a paid-for service pack are wrong, while those who point to its small list of new features are missing the point.

Switching from Leopard to Snow Leopard is like getting out of an agreeable family saloon and climbing into a sports car. You may think your Mac runs pretty well already, but 10.6 makes it noticeably faster.

It's really straight forward to install and is the most trouble-free operating system installation we've ever performed. There have been relatively few teething troubles.

Those who are still running OS X 10.4 (Tiger) might baulk at being asked to pay £129 for Mac Box, which contains iLife 09 and iWork 09 as well as OS X 10.6.

However, although the £25 retail copy of Snow Leopard is only licensed to upgrade Macs running Leopard, there's nothing physically stopping you installing it on a Tiger machine – but you still can't put it on your PC. This may happen one day, but not soon.

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