The UPS truck pulled up yesterday and delivered my family upgrade pack to Snow Leopard. Though I'm a software developer I really stick to the web side of things and have not participated in any of the developer versions of Snow Leopard. As a result, I've only done modest reading on it and I am approaching this upgrade as many consumers would.
|Start to full load||1m 37s||1m 3s|
Next up I started loading applications. Here were my results:
|Safari (1st time)||3.4s||1.6s|
|Safari (2nd time)||<1s||<1s|
|Text Editor (1st time)||1s||<1s|
|Text Editor (2nd time)||<1s||<1s|
|iPhoto (1st time)||13.5s||10.4s|
|iPhoto (2nd time)||1.9s||1.8s|
|iTunes (1st time)||9.7s||5.1s|
|iTunes (2nd time)||1.8s||1.5s|
|Pages (1st time)||12.9s||10.1s|
|Pages (2nd time)||1.5s||2.0s|
|Firefox 3.5.2 (1st time)||18s||15s|
|Firefox 3.5.2 (2nd time)||2.2s||2.4s|
So, generally I saw a modest improvement in application load times. I've only just started playing with Snow Leopard and I'll likely have more observations coming soon. While I'm generally happy with the upgrade from a performance standpoint and love the strategy Apple is using for this, I'm holding off upgrading the Mac Pro until I have a better handle on which of my development tools need upgrading / patching.
How about you? Did you notice similar improvements in performance? Found a site that can help identify Snow Leopard compatibility? Drop a note in the comments!