Many people have asked me: “So what’s new in Snow Leopard?” Unless I want to get into a long rant about OpenCL or how Grand Central Dispatch utilizes multiple processor cores, the typical user will probably give me a blank look when I tell them iCal now syncs with Google Calendar.
Yes there any many subtle improvements and optimizations in the new OS X but it’s beauty remains under the hood. This is where benchmarks come in handy.
Gizmodo has posted an impressive set of benchmarks comparing Snow Leopard to its predecessor. The graphs speak for themselves. In 13 tests, the new version outperformed Leopard in 11! The most impressive being in thread intensive processes like opening multiple high resolution images in Preview.
Of course, in order to take full advantage of these technologies, we’ll have to wait until software is written to do so. Get working developers!