This is hardly official, but at a presentation about the evolution of OS X at the LISA ’08 conference last week, Apple’s director of engineering of Unix technologies, Jordan Hubbard, pushed up a slide noting a Snow Leopard release of Q1 2009.
That’s not outside of the realm of possibilities: Snow Leopard is a stabilization and future-proofing OS X release, and with 14 odd months since Leopard, a Q1 release would still indicate a baking time longer than average.
I’m looking forward to Snow Leopard. Sure, it’s not a flashy, feature-filled release like Leopard, but smaller program files, a svelter OS and performance gains for multi-processors are all appealing… especially since Leopard has felt sluggish on my ancient MacBook Pro ever since I upgraded from Tiger.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 Due In Q1 2009 [Mac Rumors]