Apple is preparing to equip some of its developers with a new preview version of the upcoming Mac OS X, Snow Leopard. It seems that this distribution will be very limited, and in an initial phase not even the subscribers to the Apple Developer Connection will be able to try out this new version.
It’s rumored that this new version includes some significant improvements over the one delivered in the last WWDC, but as we said before, Snow Leopard is more focused on improving system stability and performance and not on introducing new features.
In fact, Snow Leopard will be the first to include Grand Central, a technology that will allow developers to take full advantage of the processor’s multi-core when running their applications; OpenCL, which will squeeze the computer’s GPU for better performance; and Quicltime X, a Quicktime that is apparently more suited to play modern formats.
Snow Leopard is scheduled for release next year , so we may not have to wait as long as we did for Leopard to enjoy this new Apple operating system.