Is Apple’s Snow Leopard just a Service Pack gone bad?

September 2nd, 2009 | Tags: , ,

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 saysI 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”.

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