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Apple Shipping Snow Leopard on Friday August 28

snow_leopardLooks like the rumor mill was spot on this time, as speculation that Mac OS X Snow Leopard would ship earlier than its anticipated September street date have proven true. Apple (s aapl) announced this morning via a press release that 10.6 will go on sale Friday, August 28th (yes, that’s the end of this week, you’re not dreaming) at Apple retail stores. Pre-orders are now being accepted online.

It’s not really that shocking, since one Mac mini reportedly already shipped with Snow Leopard in Japan. This means users will be able to physically get their hands on the new OS two months before Windows 7 is scheduled to arrive, marking a significant win for Apple over Microsoft (s msft).

In the official press release, Apple SVP of Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet gave the following quote, which seems to indicate that the company is hoping this latest release will help bolster their enterprise business, since he focuses on Exchange:

“Snow Leopard builds on our most successful operating system ever and we’re happy to get it to users earlier than expected. For just $29, Leopard users get a smooth upgrade to the world’s most advanced operating system and the only system with built in Exchange support.”

Serlet also cues in on the price, mentioning the $29 single-user license fee for upgrading from Leopard to Snow Leopard. For only $49, users can pick up a family pack, which is a bargain even for Mac owners with only two computers, though the license covers up to five separate installations. Those upgrading from 10.4.x (aka Tiger) have the option of picking up the Mac Box Set with iLife and iWork for $169, or $229 for a family pack.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a labor-intensive Friday, with four Macs to upgrade (a fifth is PowerPC-based, and so can’t run 10.6). You can check out our preparatory guide by Jon Buys to make things easier, or just drool over some of the details of the upcoming release.

25 Responses to “Apple Shipping Snow Leopard on Friday August 28”

  1. Emmanuel Alvarez

    Is it true that Snow Lepoard will cost 10 bucks for those who bought thir computers in august? thats what the saleman in the apple store told me.

  2. Wow, I’m soooo excited over the new upgrade Snow Leopard for Mac. I’ve been using Mac for years in
    My work for many years now and this new surprise arrival is very much accepted and long awaited. Thanks MAC. The prices I think are pretty reasonable. What do other people think of this? I would love to get some feedback. Thank you and have a great day and enjoy your new Snow Leopard upgrade.

  3. Good news regarding the snow leopard release!! I would like to
    confirm one thing though.
    -I have iLife ’08 on my MacBook. It came with the Leopard OS disc
    when I bought the MacBook.
    If I upgrade to SL using the $29 option, I wont have iLife. Would I
    be able to use the disc that I got with Leopard to install iLife’08
    on SL?

  4. It’s truly amazing how people pre-order or rush to the gates to buy this without really taking a second or two to think it through. Then something stops working and their next comment is how disappointed they are with the new system and everything else …. LOL

  5. Hmmm – I think I’ll order it. Wait. See what the benefits are. Watch the fur fly. Then go for an install once all you lovely commenters have figured out all the problems. I’m still wrinkeld about the iPhone OS3 and my WIFI connection.

  6. Did anyone notice that the Apple Store page for the $29 copy of Snow Leopard only updates Leopard installs?

    I don’t recall Apple $29 announcement at WWDC saying that it wasn’t a full installer.

  7. Hey folks – I’ve just done a bit of research and I can’t find any details anywhere that say the box set is only for Tiger users – according to the Mac Store online UK if you buy iLife ’09 and iWork ’09, that alone comes to more than the box set price (iLife and iWork both at £69, and the box set at £129) and nowhere on the system requirements does it specify it is just for Tiger…

  8. I have 10.5, but I’m still running iLife 08 and iWork 08. I’d love an opportunity to update those with a box set. It’s kind of annoying that the box set appear to be exclusively for 10.4. However, if anyone knows differently, and there is going to be a box set for current Leopard users, I’d love to be proven wrong.

    • Hm, I just did a little research, and it actually ends up cheaper to just buy them individually for Leopard users, particularly if I get iLife and iWork off of Amazon. Guess that’s why they aren’t offering the box set.

  9. I’ll wait. There are two MacBooks that could use the update, the only question is whether I really want to bother with the box set, since I’ve been ignoring those apps right up to this point.

  10. Kenneth H.

    Pre-order is in for me. I remember my brother discussing that small window of opportunity to upgrade to Windows 7 for around $50, before it jumped back up into the hundreds (I just tried to find its actual price on the Windows website, but I can’t find it anywhere). This seems like a steal at $29 to upgrade from 10.5. Can’t wait for it to arrive.

  11. Coree Coppinger

    I just spent over on hour on the phone trying to get the up date, apparently my cart comes out empty as I try to enter for update, apple wants me to go through snail mail for my up date. Apples customer service seems to be if the answer is not in front of him then snail mail it. When I asked to talk with Isaac’s boss he said he would not let me have that info. Will I continue as a Apple customer, well apple move over because google’s software will soon over take yours.

    • I had also ordered through the up-to-date program, but then discovered when talking with the reps at the program that they aren’t shipping until Friday and they are shipping through regular US Postal Service. They give a delivery window of 7-10 days. I’m thinking about just canceling and paying the $20 extra to pre-order and get it Friday.

  12. I’ll just be going to a retail location to pick up my Snow Leopard family pack – when Leopard was released, our “guaranteed release date delivery” turned into a delivery late in the next week. We ended up just going out the night of the release date to a retail store and purchasing a copy out of spite, then returning the mail order one when it arrived.

    Still, I’ve been eagerly awaiting Snow Leopard’s release, and getting it early is just icing on the cake. I’m looking forward to taking it for a spin.

  13. Naren Bharatwaj

    Is the release only in the US or worldwide? I live in India and would love to get the upgrade. My Macbook originally shipped with Tiger (bought it 2 months before the release of leopard). I told my friend to get me a leopard installation disc from the US. And how will they offer the upgrade? Do i have to take my leopard installation disc to the store as proof? Please reply.

    • Sidharth Mathur

      You won’t be able to upgrade directly from tiger. You have to first upgrade to leopard and then further upgrade to Snow Leopard. You don’t have to take leopard disc to shop, but just tell your friend at US to purchase the leopard DVD in your name with your Indian Address/Details and then buy the Snow Leopard DVD also in your name with details/Address with which you had previously registered your Mac/Tiger with Apple Co.

    • Sidharth Mathur

      Upgrade to Snow Leopard will be available in India within 3 weeks from 28th august.
      First upgrade to leopard from tiger and then further upgrade to snow leopard from your leopard. No need to take leopard DVD to store as proof, simply tell your friend at US to buy leopard disc in your name & details which you had given at the time of purchasing your macbook with tiger and remember, to buy upgrade disc of snow leopard also with same older details of your’s.

  14. We have two Macs at home, a MacBook Pro with 10.5 and my iMac with 10.4. I do not want to buy the bundle with iLife and iWork. Can I buy the family pack and still upgrade my iMac?

    I visited an Apple store this weekend and was told they won’t know this until 10.6 is actually released. Perhaps someone here knows or has heard?