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Snow Leopard Shipping August 28

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Both Apple.com and Apple.co.uk have listed an August 28 launch for Snow Leopard.

Last week rumor had it that the most recent build of OS X 10.6 or Snow Leopard, 10A432, was the Golden Master. In other words, the last stepping stone before the OS hit retail shelves. This led experts to believe that Apple was going to launch Snow Leopard early: Friday, August 28, to be exact.

Originally scheduled to ship in September of this year, Engadget reports that the company's UK website yesterday showed an August 28 shipping date. Shortly after, the same date appeared on the U.S. website.

While some might consider this a confirmation that the company is planning to launch the OS next week, there was a little something else on the Apple website this week. The Snow Leopard version of the Mac Box Set appeared very briefly late Wednesday afternoon with a shipping date of "withing 24 hours." The product was soon pulled but not before someone snagged a screen shot of the Mac Box Set that includes Mac OS X 10.6, iLife '09, and iWork '09.

[UPDATE] Apple has since changed the Augusts ship dates to read September. Perhaps it won't ship in August after all.

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    ubernoobie , August 21, 2009 5:05 PM
    fuck apple
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    tsiberious , August 21, 2009 7:59 PM
    Oh boy, a cheap OS, oh... wait, this is a service pack...
    Oh boy, they are charging for a service pack!
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    kinless , August 21, 2009 4:46 PM
    Surely you missed the follow up article (and update) saying all the ship dates were changed to say "September"

    http://www.macrumors.com/2009/08/20/apples-uk-online-store-lists-august-28th-ship-date-for-snow-leopard-up-to-date-program/
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    ubernoobie , August 21, 2009 5:05 PM
    fuck apple
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    tayb , August 21, 2009 5:59 PM
    Ah. Damn. Was hoping it would come out next Friday. Microsoft could learn a thing or two (or fifty) from Apple on how to price software. Wish Windows 7 would go ahead and launch while we are at it. Been using the release candidate for a long while now but would like to get a hold of a nice disc.
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    antilycus , August 21, 2009 6:07 PM
    another OS update that kills all the machines that are PPC based...pass I was bitten (and infected) by the apple bug once... never again after the 10.5 release slowed my Dual Processor (not just dual core) 1.0ghz 3GB ram machine to Pentium 3 performance.
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    TwoDigital , August 21, 2009 6:23 PM
    The picture has a line that says it includes the world's most advanced operating system. Is this copy of Windows 7 (or maybe it's a Linux distro) in ADDITION to the OS X 10.6 that is in the box?
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    heffeque , August 21, 2009 7:11 PM
    Wow, TwoDigital, what a witty comment! Did you think that one up all by yourself?
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    ravewulf , August 21, 2009 7:25 PM
    All I care about is if/when QuickTime X will be out for Windows. Hopefully they improved performance and provided a more complete version of H.264
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    SneakySnake , August 21, 2009 7:32 PM
    haha, and you guys call us mac guys immature. The highest rated comment is "fuck apple"
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    The Schnoz , August 21, 2009 7:44 PM
    Perhaps you should change the headline of the article or remove the article completely after you find out the story is inaccurate rather than just put a little update stating the whole point of the article was pointless. Perhaps.
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    tsiberious , August 21, 2009 7:59 PM
    Oh boy, a cheap OS, oh... wait, this is a service pack...
    Oh boy, they are charging for a service pack!
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    heffeque , August 21, 2009 8:05 PM
    @tsiberious: I'd hardly call that a service pack taking into consideration that there are serious 64bit kernel changes and they're adding OpenCL and Grand Central Dispatch. Unless you call Windows 7 a service pack for Windows Vista that is.
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    SneakySnake , August 21, 2009 8:10 PM
    @tsiberious

    It's not a service pack. It rewrites large portions of leopard code. It doesn't add a lot of new features, but makes the entire OS much more streamlined, reduces the size of core apps to mere KB's, and introduces OpenCL, changes all of the core apps to 64 bit, has Grand Central Dispatch, which makes the entire OS multithreaded, and allows multithreaded apps to be written extremely easily for the OS
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    xaira , August 22, 2009 1:11 AM
    even a middle school kid is more intelligent than someone willing to pay those prices.
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    SneakySnake , August 22, 2009 1:53 AM
    @ xaira

    $30 for a new OS, is that to much for you?

    *sigh* this post will probably be voted down, simply because i support apple. Gotta love me and heffeque getting negatives for saying nothing but facts about the OS
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    frozenlead , August 22, 2009 7:56 AM
    I could say something about this, but I just don't care.
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    Regulas , August 22, 2009 1:48 PM
    @Antilycus "the 10.5 release slowed my Dual Processor"
    You may have a point but I think stretched the truth, just a little huh, Leopard was bloated and in my opinion and was Apples "Vista" release. You should have stayed with Tiger. As for the PPC users keep Tiger and quit whining, the moved to intel going on 4 years now. If you want to move to full 64 bit goodness, buy a new machine.
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    xaira , August 22, 2009 4:24 PM
    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

    those are refurbished
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    scuba dave , August 22, 2009 5:18 PM
    SneakySnake@ xaira $30 for a new OS, is that to much for you?*sigh* this post will probably be voted down, simply because i support apple. Gotta love me and heffeque getting negatives for saying nothing but facts about the OS


    I'm pretty sure the reason your getting negatives isn't because you two support Apple. Far from it actually. I think its more because we don't like the fact that their business model effectively says "Lure them in with a cheap OS(to make MSFT look greedy. Nice move though :p ) and stab them in the back with our "Apple Tax". Which just pisses people off TBH.

    Either way. Give MSFT big $ up front, or pay Apple big $ down the road...

    EACH company put a dent in your wallet... So stop the whining, and belly-aching.

    Or go get Linux :p 
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    scuba dave , August 22, 2009 5:47 PM
    Forgot to add to the reasons for your negatives :/ 

    Also, on top of everything Apple does, you come in, APPEARING to be preaching about $30 vs $200 or $300, or whatever the case may be. The Apple Tax MORE than CLEARS anything MSFT makes from an equal volume of sales of their product.

    But i'll continue to use my PC, and hope Apple continues to stay around, pissing people off, from the Apple Tax, to the superiority complex all their users seem to have.

    Not for their product. Which i don't like. But for the competition.

    Boy do i love a good street brawl :p 
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    cjl , August 23, 2009 9:54 AM
    I don't know about the specifics of this release, but I've seen several of the releases that Apple has done before, and some of them certainly didn't seem to be any more than a service pack. Look at how much MS changed between XP SP0 and SP2 for example, and then look at the change between various versions of OSX. Even my friend who wouldn't dream of using anything but apple acknowledges that they should release more free updates and fewer OS version changes that you have to pay for.

    That having been said, at least the price isn't all that painful...
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