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Rumor: Mac OS X 10.6 to debut at WWDC 08?

Cory Bohon

TUAW has received some information that suggests Apple may be working to seed developers with an early build of Mac OS X 10.6 at this year's WWDC. 10.6 will not include any new significant features from 10.5; instead, Apple is focusing solely on "stability and security."

We have also learned that OS X 10.6 may go gold master by December 2008 in an effort to start shipping it in January '09 at Macworld Expo. Mac OS X 10.6 will be a milestone release for Apple, as it will leave the PowerPC behind: a fully 64-bit clean, Intel-only Mac OS X.

This information makes us wonder about universal applications -- how much longer will they exist? With Apple leaving pre-Intel Macs behind before the end of the decade, this could mark the end of the Intel transition, as Apple (and presumably many third-party developers) will be focusing only on the newer Mac architecture.

Of course, this leaves open a critical question -- what will this new OS version be codenamed? We've got our hunches, but we can't leave you out of the guessing game.

Update: Jacqui Cheng at Ars Technica confirms our info, and lets the cat out of the bag: the code name for 10.6 is expected to be Snow Leopard (choice #2 below).


Cory Bohon has been a Mac and iPod user since 2004, you can find him writing for his personal blog on In the past, Cory has developed such Mac software as Dockables (available at, which has had well over 500,000 downloads. Other projects include Microtec Web Design and CocoaApp. Whilst you can still find Cory writing on this blog, he also writes for TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) which is within the AOL family of blogs. He has also written for Mac|Life Magazine as a part of their iPhone Handbook (a one-off quarterly issue of the magazine devoted to the iPhone). You can find other publications by Cory on the publications section of his website. Cory is currently a student in South Carolina. He is attending the University of South Carolina where he is majoring in Computer Information Systems (CIS) with an emphasis on application development and network security. Upon graduating, he hopes to go into the IT or application development field.