Originally Posted by macserverX
First I'd like to mention that Windows 7 isn't even expected to ship until Late 2009/Early 2010, which Snow Leopard will more than readily beat.
Things I'd like to see in Snow Leopard:
"Grand Central" - sounds like an expansion of NSOperation/NSOperationQueue
OpenCL (BTW, I cannot find anything about this online. Is this still internal LOOKING to be an Open Standard???)
ZFS - Please...ZFS snapshots = Snappy Time Machine. And while you have those 4 cores, might as well do on the fly disk compression and save some drive space.
Snow Leopard is the enterprise targeted OS X.
Pull the Exchange support from iPhone into the rest of the OS
mobileme for enterprises (on Server)
I'm sure there's other things that just aren't coming to mind.
ZFS should be finalized and ready for Snow Leopard. I think there is a good chance it will be used as the default filesystem.
As for enterprise support, it seems as if Apple is moving in that direction. We learned earlier this year that they will be supporting Exchange on the iPhone and now that .Mac will be rebranded and support Outlook and Outlook Express as well as Bookmark pushing from Windows browsers. We also learned that Snow Leopard will support Exchange natively too. Is Apple pushing finally making a power play with the Mac in the workplace?
Originally Posted by MacRonin
As for those that say Apple won't release any 'new' features with Snow Leopard, I say Apple is just keeping it close to the vest and fully intends to make 10.6 a multi-touch OS and beat M$ out the gate (Windows 7).
And finally, I would say yes to dropping PPC support and moving to strictly Intel support from 10.6 forward
Apple has already invested so much useful R&D into multi-touch. Between the iPhone and the new trackpads they have such a useable system. MS' surface from a year earlier was so much more refined than their Windows 7 demo.Scenerio 0x00...
I think they will be dropping 32-bit Intel AND PPC from Snow Leopard, but it won't be the last version of OS X to support those architectures. If we call SL 10.6, I think there will be a 10.7, say, Lion and a 10.8 Mountain LIon. Lion, like Leopard, will support PPC and 32-bit to allow for at least 4 years of support between compatible OSes. Lion will be the last OS X version to support 32-bit Intel and PPC.
Those that are still using non-64bit x86 machines will still be using Leopard just fine and still receive updates as usual, but all NEW Macs will come with the streamlines OS and those with modern Macs will be able to purchase the OS if they choose to.Scenerio 0x01...
Apple does kill PPC and 32-bit Intel support with Snow Leopard and offer a newer version for older systems. Instead it extended the life of Leopard as a viable and modern OS by supplying point updates for longer than usual to make sure they support these aging machines. For example, Apple may take Leopard to 4 years old with 10.5.18, which would include new feature sets from Snow Leopard.
In both scenarios Apple will be supporting older hardware for the normal requisite timeframes while making sure that the newer machines are benefiting from an optimized OS X and modern frameworks. Sure, there will be people complaining, but there are always people complaining. From a sales POV, Apple fans seem to have more of a tendency to want the latest and greatest so this would help encourage new unit sales.
PS: Since Apple's come to x86 the ability to hack OS X and use on any cheap hardware has grown considerably. There are even cloning companies taking the OSx86 Project IP without permission and breaking their's and Apple's EULA. Just as the RIAA and MPAA can't fight piracy in the courts, neither can Apple. The best solution I see for Apple is to include HW authentication chips on new HW. This could be specialized chip made by P.A. Semi, even produced right there in California. If Apple wen this route, then even the current 64-bit Intel machines wouldn't be available for this update, there would be no retail option at all or it would defeat the purpose of the HW authentication, and users on older Macs would have to find something else to whine about.