Snow Leopard ships this Friday

Apple announced today that Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, will be available Friday August 28.

Snow Leopard runs on any Macintosh with an Intel processor – G5, G4, and G3 owners are out of luck. Pricing is either $29 for those who already have Leopard (10.5) or $169 for those who have Tiger (10.4). Tiger users pay more, but they also get iWork and iLife 09.

Anyone who bought a new current-model Mac after Snow Leopard was announced June 8 can get Snow Leopard via the Up to Date program, for a grand total of $9.95 shipping & handling.

I’ve ordered the Up-to-Date package – here’s hoping it ships as quickly as the normal retail boxes.