Looks like Apple is doing their part to help the struggling US economy… or at least give consumers a break. An upgrade to Apple’s next major operating system, called Snow Leopard, will only cost $29.
The announcement was made at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday morning. Apple usually charges over $100 for their operating systems, but they are heavily discounting Snow Leopard to help encourage users to upgrade quickly. Apple’s discounted OS, slated for a September 2009 release, might also spark a price war with Redmond. Microsoft’s next OS, Windows 7, is slated for release a month after Snow Leopard. Microsoft hasn’t released any pricing information for Windows 7, but Microsoft’s operating systems typically cost ~$100.
Snow Leopard will be compatible with all Intel-based Macintosh computers and features an onslaught of new speed improvements. Several of the new speed and interface enhancements were demonstrated for the audience at WWDC.
Snow Leopard isn’t just fast, it’s also a lot leaner. Compared to to Apple’s current operating system, OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard will is 6 GBs lighter.