Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" is the latest OS developed by Apple Computer under the company's CEO Steve Jobs. Was released September '09. This is the first OS touted by Apple computer to have "no new features", yet features greatly enhanced underpinnings.
New updates to the operating system include:
- Full 64-bit addressing. This increasing security and memory allocation while providing backward compatibility with 32-bit programs
- Grand Central Dispatch is the clever name for a new open source, system wide thread-pool that allows programers to more easily utilize all the processing power of modern multi-core processors. This makes system wide slowdowns much less common and removes data bottlenecks.
- OpenCL allows programers to more easily harness the computing power of graphics co-processors for general computing tasks. This increases speed and takes pressure off of the main processor.
The net result is a more stable, secure, fast, and functional operating environment for users.