Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard Upgrade
Upgrade from Mac OS X Leopard with Snow Leopard, a simpler, more powerful, and more refined version of Mac OS X. It delivers a wide range of enhancements, next-generation technologies, out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange Server, and new accessibility features. It's the world's most advanced operating system, finely tuned from installation to shutdown. Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard is the world's most advanced operating system and finely tuned.
Snow Leopard is an upgrade for Leopard users and requires a Mac with an Intel processor.
Mac OS X. It's what makes a Mac a Mac.
- Power of UNIX. Simplicity of the Mac- Mac OS X is both easy to use and incredibly powerful. Everything -- from the desktop you see when you start up your Mac to the applications you use every day -- is designed with simplicity and elegance in mind. So whether you're browsing the web, checking your email or video chatting with a friend on another continent, getting things done is at once easy to learn, simple to perform and fun to do. Of course, making amazing things simple takes seriously advanced technology. Which is why Mac OS X is built on a rock-solid, time-tested UNIX foundation that provides unparalleled stability as well as industry-leading support for Internet standards.
- Stunning graphics- The most striking feature of a Mac is its elegant user interface, made possible by a graphics engine that's built to leverage the advanced graphics processor in every Mac. This engine provides the power for things like high-definition video, stunning graphic effects and high-quality animations. Fonts on the screen look beautiful and extremely readable. A soft drop shadow makes it clear at a glance which window is active and which ones are in the background. Document previews using Quick Look are high resolution so you can actually read the text. And built-in support for the PDF format means you can view and create PDFs from almost any application in the system.
- Perfect integration of hardware and software- Since the software on every Mac is created by the same company that makes the Mac itself, you get a completely integrated system. When you have a Mac notebook, for example, it automatically detects and connects to available Wi-Fi networks. It wakes from sleep as soon as you open the display and automatically reconnects to networks so you can get back to work fast. And it gets the most out of your battery by spinning down the hard drive when it's inactive, by intelligently deciding whether the CPU or GPU is best suited to perform a task and by dimming the screen in low-light conditions.
- Highly secure by design- With virtually no effort on your part, Mac OS X protects itself -- and you -- from viruses, malicious applications and other threats. It was built for the Internet in the Internet age, offering a variety of defences from online threats. Because every Mac ships with a secure configuration, you don't have to worry about understanding complex settings. Even better, it won't slow you down with constant security alerts and sweeps. And Apple responds quickly to online threats and automatically delivers security updates directly to your Mac.
- Built for compatibility- The versatility and power of Mac OS X make it compatible in almost any environment, including Windows networks. It works with virtually all of today's digital cameras, printers and other peripherals without the need to download separate drivers. It opens popular file types such as JPG, MP3 and Microsoft Office documents. In addition, Mac OS X includes built-in support for the industry-standard PDF format, so you can read and create PDFs from almost any application in the system -- perfect for sharing work with colleagues whether they use a Mac or a PC. And if you want to run Windows on your Mac, you can do that, too.
- Reliable to the core- The industrial-strength foundation of Mac OS X ensures that your computing experience remains free from system crashes and compromised performance. Occasionally an application might quit, but it won't affect the rest of your system. And Apple keeps everything running smoothly by releasing software updates that download automatically to your Mac. Many of these updates provide important security enhancements for the operating system. But they also update other Apple software installed on your Mac, including iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. So with just a click, you can make sure that all your applications continue to run smoothly and safely
WHAT'S NEW IN SNOW LEOPARD:
- Refined, not reinvented- Mac OS X is renowned for its simplicity, its reliability and its ease of use. So when it came to designing Snow Leopard, Apple engineers had a single goal: to make a great thing even better. They searched for areas to refine, further simplify and speed up -- from little things like ejecting external drives to big things like installing the OS. In many cases, they elevated great to amazing. Here are just a few examples of how your Mac experience was fine-tuned.
- The all-new, exactly-the-same Finder- The Finder has been completely rewritten to take advantage of the new technologies in Snow Leopard, including 64-bit support and Grand Central Dispatch. It's more responsive from top to bottom, with snappier performance throughout the Finder. And it includes new features such as customisable Spotlight search options and an enhanced icon view that lets you thumb through a multipage document or watch a QuickTime movie.
- New look, new features for Expose and Stacks- Expose is refined and more convenient. It's now integrated in the Dock, so you can just click and hold an application icon in the Dock and all the windows for that application will unshuffle so you can quickly change to another one. Expose also has a whole new look. Windows are displayed in an organised grid, making it even easier to find what you're looking for. And stacks -- Dock items that give you fast access to a folder of files -- are now scrollable, so you can easily view all items. You can also navigate through folders in a stack to see all the files inside it.
- Quicker Time Machine backup- Introduced in Mac OS X Leopard, the revolutionary Time Machine made backing up your hard drive easy for the first time. Time Capsule took backup even further with its wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine. Now Snow Leopard makes Time Machine more efficient and reduces the time it takes to complete the initial backup to Time Capsule by up to 80 percent.
- Faster to wake up and shut down- With Snow Leopard, your Mac wakes from sleep up to twice as quickly when you have screen locking enabled. Shutting down is up to 75 percent faster, saving precious moments when you're trying to head home or to the airport. And joining wireless networks is up to 55 percent faster.
- Faster, more reliable installation- Upgrading your Mac has never been easier. For Snow Leopard, the entire process has been simplified, streamlined and is up to 50 percent faster, yet more comprehensive and reliable. For example, Snow Leopard checks your applications to make sure they're compatible and sets aside any programs known to be incompatible. In case a power outage interrupts your installation, it can start again without losing any data.
- Smaller footprint-
Snow Leopard takes up less than half the disk space of the previous version, freeing about 7GB for you -- enough for about 1,500 more songs or a few thousand more photos.
- Another leap forward for QuickTime- QuickTime X is the next-generation media technology that powers the audio and video experience in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It includes a completely new QuickTime Player application with a clean, uncluttered interface, a new trimming interface and easy uploads to YouTube and MobileMe. And it delivers more efficient media playback, HTTP-based live streaming and greater colour accuracy.
- Innovative Chinese character input- Until Snow Leopard, if you wanted to enter Chinese characters on a computer, you had to type in the phonetic spelling of Chinese words and the computer would convert them into proper Chinese characters. Snow Leopard offers a breakthrough new way to enter characters: You draw them right on the Multi-Touch trackpad in your Mac notebook. They'll appear on the screen in a new input window, which recommends characters based on what you drew and lets you choose the right one. The input window even offers suggestions for subsequent characters based on what you chose.
- More reliable, higher-resolution iChat- Having a video chat using iChat is more reliable and more accessible than ever in Snow Leopard. It includes technology to address many common router incompatibilities that can interfere with connections. And if iChat can't make a direct connection, it will use the AIM relay server to create a successful chat session.
- The right service at the right time- The Services menu in Mac OS X lets you use features of one application while working in another. In Snow Leopard, services are more simplified, streamlined and helpful. The Services menu is contextual, so it shows just the services appropriate for the application you're using or content you're viewing rather than all available services. You can access services with a right click of your mouse or Control-click of your trackpad. You can configure the menu to show only the services you want and you can even create your own services using Automator.
- Automatic updates for printer drivers- Snow Leopard makes sure you always have the most up-to-date driver so you can get the most from your printer. When you plug in a printer, Mac OS X can download the latest driver available over the Internet. And it periodically checks to make sure it has the latest driver. If not, it downloads the newest version through Software Update. Easy.
- Automatic time zone setup-
If you're travelling around the world, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your computer is set to the correct time zone. Snow Leopard takes care of that for you. Using the Core Location technology, it locates known Wi-Fi hotspots to set the time zone automatically, so you'll always know the right time no matter where you are.
- Easy PDF text selection- Here's an enhancement that exemplifies the pursuit of perfection. When using a PDF viewer such as Preview, have you ever tried to copy text from a PDF document that has more than one column? It's almost impossible. Instead of selecting only the text you want, your cursor selects all the text across the page, so you end up with a mix of words from every column.
- Faster, more powerful Safari- Safari 4 is the latest version of the blazing-fast web browser. It renders web pages at high speed and delivers a range of new features, including full history search, smart address and search fields, an innovative way to display your top sites, industry-leading support for web standards and more.
- More reliable disk eject- Snow Leopard improves the reliability of ejecting discs and external drives. Sometimes when an application or process is using the files on a drive, Mac OS X prevents you from ejecting it, but you don't always know why. In Snow Leopard, you'll get fewer of those errors and when you do get them, you'll see exactly which application is using the drive, so you can quit it and eject the drive properly.
- More efficient file sharing- The Bonjour technology in every Mac makes file and media sharing virtually effortless. Now Bonjour in Snow Leopard makes sharing more energy efficient. If you have a computer in your home or office that shares files -- like media files for your Apple TV -- you have to leave the computer on all the time, which isn't very energy efficient. With Snow Leopard and a compatible AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule base station, however, your computer can go to sleep yet continue to share its files with other computers and devices, waking when you need it and sleeping when you don't.
Specifications / System Requirements
|Package Type||Retail Boxed Package|
|License Type||Upgrade Package|
|License Quantity||1 User|
|Min CPU||Mac computer with an Intel processor|
|Min HDD||5 GB|
|Min RAM||1 GB|
|Peripheral Devices||DVD-ROM drive; mouse & keyboard|
|Other Software Requirements||Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply|
- Mac computer with an Intel processor
- 1GB of memory
- 5GB of free disk space
- DVD drive for installation
- Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
- Some features require Apple's MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.
- Time Machine -- requires an additional hard drive or Time Capsule (sold separately).
- Photo Booth -- requires an iSight camera (built in or external), USB video class (UVC) camera or FireWire DV camcorder. Backdrop effects when using a DV camcorder require fixed focus, exposure and white balance.
- Boot Camp -- requires Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista (sold separately).
- Screen sharing -- in iChat and the Finder requires a 128-Kbps Internet connection (300 Kbps recommended).
- DVD Player -- requires a 1.6GHz processor or faster for improved deinterlacing.
- Audio chats require a microphone and a 56-Kbps Internet connection.
- Video chats require an iSight camera (built in or external), USB video class (UVC) camera or FireWire DV camcorder; and a 128-Kbps upstream and downstream Internet connection.
- Backdrop effects when using a DV camcorder require fixed focus, exposure and white balance.
- Some iChat features offer better performance and quality with higher system capabilities.
- Exchange Support -- requires Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Update Rollup 4. Auto-setup requires enabling the Autodiscovery feature of Microsoft Exchange Server.
- QuickTime X movie capture -- requires iSight camera (built-in or external), USB video class (UVC) camera or FireWire DV camcorder.
- QuickTime H.264 hardware acceleration -- requires a Mac with a NVIDIA 9400M graphics processor.
- Developer tools -- require 1GB of memory and an additional 3GB of available disk space.
- OpenCL -- requires one of the following graphics cards or graphics processors:
- NVIDIA Geforce 8600M GT, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GTS, Geforce 9400M, GeForce 9600M GT, GeForce GT 120, GeForce GT 130.
- ATI Radeon HD 4670, ATI Radeon HD 4850, Radeon HD 4870
- 64-bit support -- requires a Mac with a 64-bit processor.
- Grand Central Dispatch -- requires a Mac with a multicore processor.
Product information, specifications, and compatibility are for advisory purposes only, and is the buyers full responsibility to verify with the manufacturer prior to ordering.