Snow Leopard First Impressions

I have to admit I have been eagerly awaiting the introduction of Apple’s Snow Leopard operating system since it was first announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference. This is not a typical operating system upgrade. There are very few aesthetic changes to the system causing many users to wonder what the big deal is.

When Leopard (version 10.5) was released it came with many changes to the way the user interacted with the Macintosh. It was relatively clear what the differences were from the old OS to the new version. That is not the case with Snow Leopard. It is analogous to walking into a garage and looking at two cars sitting side by side. On the surface they look the same except for maybe a difference in color. But popping the hood and looking in the engine compartment you realize that one of these cars has a fuel efficient 4-cylinder engine while the other one has a fully blown V-8 capable of melting tires in the hands of a proper driver.

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