Arstechnica is reporting that Mac OS X 10.6 is code-named “Snow Leopard” and is Intel Mac only. Three of my computers in the office won’t be able to make the upgrade, including two Dual Core PowerPC G5’s. These are still very nice machines. In fact, one of these is my daily computer that I use at work.
If “Snow Leopard” is really the name, it’s a little awkward since the current OS X is “Leopard”.
I can hear the following conversation:
“What version of OS X are you running?”
“Do you mean Leopard or Snow Leopard?”
Have the run out of large cat names already? It’s still just a code name- it’s possible the name could change when it is finally released.
Mac OS X 10.0 (Cheetah)
Mac OS X 10.1 (Puma)
Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar)
Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)
Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
UPDATE: It seems that this update may not have many new features, but an optimization of the underpinnings of the system. So, the name “Snow Leopard” may be apropos.