Is Apple’s Snow Leopard just a Service Pack gone bad?
There are a lot of disgruntled Apple customers all scratching their heads thinking “Why did I buy/upgrade to Snow Leopard?”
- Whilst it is a “cheap” upgrade (£25) – what does it deliver, Microsoft typically deploys these types of updates for free and calls it a Service Pack.
- Snow Leopard does bring 64bit support, but only if you hold 6+4 during boot and then not a lot works under x64 mode.
- Roger Chang from Revision3 says “I noticed initially when I started it up, it did like peg my activity meter like 75% for like 30 seconds for some reason. But it settled down so it runs just like it did before I installed.”
- Compatibility, it breaks a bucket load of apps (check here for more information)
- No more Quicktime Pro (replaced with Quicktime X, which is not as feature complete)
- Native Exchange support within Apple Mail (but this is after the Microsoft Mac Business Unit sorts out Entourage)
- 512 x 512 icons, yay!
Okay so maybe my pros are not pros after all, don’t get me wrong I do like my Mac but I can’t help thinking that Snow Leopard is a marketing team inventing something that launches alongside Windows 7, that could well turn out to be Apple’s “Vista”.