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Apple's final Snow Leopard update contains improved support for IPv6 -- the next-generation Internet Protocol slated to replace succeed IPv4, which is close to its ceiling of approximately 4.3 billion Internet addresses. Apple also said the update will improve the reliability of virtual private network (VPN) connections.
Still, Apple's 474MB Snow Leopard upgrade is primarily about rolling out the red carpet for Mac OS X Lion, which will bring many of the features of Apple iOS for mobile devices to the Mac platform. Among other things, Lion will feature an intelligently articulated "launchpad" display of the machine's installed apps as well as a new FileVault 2 program that automatically encrypts the machine's hard drive.
Lion is designed to run on newer Macs equipped with selected microprocessors from Intel , such as the Core 2 Duo, Core i3, i5 and i7, or one of the chipmaker's high-end Xeon chips. Other Lion requirements include a minimum of 2GB of memory and 4G of free disk space. Older Macs with PowerPC processors will not be able to upgrade to OS X Lion.