Apple's Snow Leopard Sleek, Speedy

By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 1:55 AM CDT
Snow Leopard slinks quietly into computers without the bells and whistles.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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(Newser) – Apple's Snow Leopard arrives in stores tomorrow, and advance reviews find it a sleeker beast than the typical upgrade. Rather than decking out OS X Leopard with new features, Apple has shrunk and sped up the program. David Pogue in the New York Times greets the upgrade as a long-overdue end to bloatware, and hopes the rest of the industry will take a hint. 

Snow Leopard's stealth—few visible new features, no big touting by Apple—intrigues Walter Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal, but he's less impressed than Pogue, judging the $29 upgrade only "nice-to-have" rather than "must-have." Both writers note plenty of bugs and glitches, which Pogue hopes will be tamed once programs like Word and Photoshop are updated.