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Rumor: Apple’s Finder App to get Cocoa Rewrite for Snow Leopard

Flickr_snow_leopard_mannequinApple’s OS X operating system ships with two primary application building frameworks — Carbon and Cocoa. Carbon was designed to make it easier to older, legacy apps running on OS X, while Cocoa is the newer, and according to Apple, better framework.

Apple has long encouraged developers to transition their Carbon apps to Cocoa, but the company has it’s own Carbon-based holdout — OS X’s Finder app.

However, according to AppleInsider, that may be changing with the upcoming release of Snow Leopard. AppleInsider’s sources, which the site calls “people familiar with matter,” claim that Finder will see a Cocoa rewrite for the release of OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard.

While Apple hasn’t given many official details about Snow Leopard, one thing it has said is that the next generation of OS X will be fully 64-bit capable. At the same time the company has delayed a 64-bit capable version of Carbon, which means if you’re building a 64-bit app, you need to be using Cocoa.

That’s why Adobe was unable to release a 64-bit version of Photoshop CS4 for Mac — the app is built in Carbon and it’s tough to build a 64-bit app when the framework you’re using doesn’t support it.

But Adobe isn’t the only company with apps written in Carbon, and it would seem awkward (or just plain untrue) for Apple to claim it had a 64-bit system when one of its own major apps didn’t fit the bill.

So while it’s just a rumor, the all 64-bit claim lends at least one practical reason why the rumors of a Cocoa-based Finder for Snow Leopard may well be true.

So far Apple has not announced a release date for Snow Leopard, though Macworld 2009, happening Jan 5-9 seems like a good bet, if not for the actual release, at least for a healthy dose of new details.

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Rumor: Windows 7 to Arrive Early, First Beta Due October 27

Win7Windows 7, the much-anticipated successor to Microsoft’s Windows Vista OS, may arrive ahead of schedule. Although Microsoft has previously said that Windows 7 would not arrive until early 2010, new rumors surfaced Monday claiming that the company’s internal calendar puts the release date at June 3, 2009.

The rumor also says that Microsoft will use its upcoming Professional Developers Conference in October to launch the first public beta of Windows 7. Windows 7 could be announced on Oct. 27, during Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie’s keynote speech.

Microsoft has not yet responded to inquires from Webmonkey, but if the rumors are true it would be welcome news for those unhappy with Windows Vista.

Regardless of when it arrives, Windows 7 should offer a smoother transition than the one many users experienced moving from XP to Vista.

Much of the Vista backlash had to do with the system hardware requirements and the lack of third-party device drivers. Because Windows 7 will reuse the Vista Kernel and the same driver framework, a Vista-compatible PC should be just fine with Windows 7.

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Rumor: New Mac OS X Skipping Features in Favor of Speed and Stability

Flickr_snow_leopard_mannequinThere’s a rumor making the rounds this morning that Apple will unveil its next OS X upgrade at the upcoming developer conference which kicks off June 9. According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), the next version of OS X is likely named Snow Leopard and will focus mainly on speed enhancements and stability improvements.

Also part of the rumor is that Apple is planning to drop support for PowerPC machines and move to a true 64-bit, Intel-only operating system.

If TUAW’s source is to be believed, Snow Leopard will focus on making many of Leopard’s existing features work better and, according to John Gruber of Daring Fireball, will work on “unifying the various branches of OS X at Apple: Mac OS X, iPhone OS, Apple TV, etc.”

It wouldn’t be the first time a major OS X update skipped on features — OS X 10.1 was a primarily a stability update, with most improvements in the underlying system rather than flashy new features. OS X 10.1 was also a free upgrade.

The more controversial part of the rumor is the possibility that Apple might abandon PowerPC Macs. Many argue that PowerPC G5 machines are still perfectly capable and it would be too soon to abandon them. However, Apple killed off OS 9 pretty quickly and does not have the best track record when it comes to supporting older hardware (Leopard already requires at least an 867MHz or faster G4 chip).

It seems likely that moving to a pure 64 bit system would be more appealing than continuing to support the increasingly long-in-the-tooth PowerPC architecture.

One element of the rumors we definitely aren’t buying is Ars Technica’s suggestion that Snow Leopard might be “Cocoa only.” While Apple’s WWDC is the perfect place to unveil some new Cocoa programming features, abandoning Carbon makes no sense — plenty of Apple’s own apps, like Finder, use Carbon. It’s true that Apple previously scrapped plans to add 64-bit support to Carbon, but don’t expect them to drop it altogether.

Assuming you accept the rumors, the interesting question becomes, how much is this going to cost? Apple would have a tough time justifying its traditional $129 update price tag for something that doesn’t offer compelling new features, but at the same time free sounds a bit too good to be true.

I’ll follow Gruber’s lead and suggest that perhaps Snow Leopard, if the rumors turn out to be true, will be a mere $29 for Leopard users, with those still on older systems paying the usual $129.

Keep mind of course that all this is just a rumor. We’ll find out for sure next week.

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