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Mac OS X has been rewritten from the ground up, and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features highlights all of the most important and user-relevant aspects of this release. Experienced instructor and lifelong Mac user Garrick Chow introduces current Mac users to the improvements in the latest OS. While not a complete overhaul of the operating system, this update does address a fair number of internal systems and external user features. Garrick explores all of these updates, including enhancements to the Finder and the Dock and a completely revamped QuickTime player. He shows the wealth of improvements to built-in applications like Safari, Preview, iChat, and Mail, and explains the updated 64-bit support within Snow Leopard.
Let's talk briefly about the system requirements for running Snow Leopard. First of all, you need a Mac computer with an Intel Processor, one gigabyte of memory or RAM, and five gigabytes of available disk space. Now these are the minimum requirements provided by Apple. So with Snow Leopard, as you can see, Apple has finally drawn the line between current Intel based Macs and older PowerPC Macs. Snow Leopard will only run on Intel Macs and it really is about time this line was drawn. Both the announcement that Macs were moving to Intel Processors and the release of the last PowerPC Mac happened back in 2005.
And in order for OS X to move forward, Apple had to drop support for PowerPC Macs from the operating system. So if you are a PowerPC Mac user and you are interested enough in Snow Leopard that you are watching this movie, you are due for an upgrade to an Intel based Mac. Only Intel based Macs can take full advantage of the 64-bit computing power of Snow Leopard and the combination of an Intel Mac and Snow Leopard should give your Mac a long life to come, at least in terms of computers years. As far as the other requirements are concerned, as has always been the case, you are going to be better off and much happier with more then the minimum system requirements.
Yes, it says you only need one gigabyte of memory, but that's pretty much just to run the operating system. I suggest at least two or four gigabytes of RAM if you want things to run quickly. And with the sizes of today's hard drives you probably don't have to worry about the five gigabytes of disk space requirement, but if you are letting Snow Leopard onto a hard drive that's already packed with your files to the point that sparing five gigabytes might be tough, definitely consider upgrading to a larger hard drive before upgrading to Snow Leopard. Both RAM and hard drives are relatively cheap these days and Snow Leopard itself only costs $30, So spend the money you are saving on more memory and a larger hard drive if you need it before performing the Snow Leopard installation.
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