New version designed to work with 64-bit and 32-bit applications

Release date set for new Apple OS

Apple has announced that its new operating system, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will be released on Friday.

According to Apple, Snow Leopard is half the size of the previous version and frees up to 7GB of drive space once installed and runs 64-bit applications including Finder, Mail and Safari, while remaining compatible with 32-bit applications.

“Snow Leopard builds on our most successful operating system ever and we’re happy to get it to users earlier than expected,” said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. “Leopard users get a smooth upgrade to the world’s most advanced operating system and the only system with built in Exchange support.”

Apple’s online shop is already accepting pre-orders, and the operating system will be available at Apple stores and authorised resellers from Friday.

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