World of Apple is publishing (naughty, naughty) Apple’s Snow Leopard release notes, below, which include a new Quicktime Player UI, a new Cocoa Desktop, Info Window and Contextual Menus and of course the new Safari 4 Web Browser.  All good news, but there seem to be some big hurdles to overcome by June..June you say?

David Zeller from the Baltimore Sun is reporting that he believes that Snow Leopard will be released on June 8th.  The logic (and it makes some sense to us) is that the only big summer opening at Moscone Center is a huge block from June 6-12 that is currently entitled "Corporate Meeting".  We know a company that likes to keep secrets.  That would put the Snow Leopard announcement (and the return of El Jobso?) at June 8.  Can we get  a witness?

Schedule and via PED@Apple2.0

…However, as I looked at the schedule, I noticed another generic “Corporate meeting” scheduled for Moscone West — for June 6-June 12. That’s the second week of June, the correct number of days, and ends on a Friday (WWDC nearly always ends on a Friday).

Yes, June 6 is a Saturday, but last year a similar generic listing on the Moscone Web site had the event starting on Sunday June 8 when the official start date was actually June 9. That means WWDC’s official start date this year probably will be June 7, a Sunday – unusual but not unprecedented. Back in 2005 WWDC’s official first day was a Sunday.

I deduced that we’d see Snow Leopard on June 8 because the keynote typically is delivered on a Monday, and that’s the moment at WWDC when Apple would announce a new operating system.

Actually we think the late May meeting is a Google event (the IO Conference). And Apple usually needs a few days to set up.  Obviously, nobody is showing their cards yet and Apple could have the WWDC at the Cow Palace if they really wanted to.

Release notes on Leopard build 10A286:

New Content

This seed contains some major new changes in the following areas:

QuickTime Player
The new QuickTime Player has a new minimal UI and is focused on playback.

Finder includes a new Cocoa Desktop, Info Window and Contextual Menu

Safari 4 beta is included in the seed as the default browser. 

Known Issues

  • Remote Installs over Airport may cause panics (A workaround is to install via Ethernet or DVD.)
  • Booting from the install DVD can take a long time
  • Some settings are not migrated from the previous system when upgrading, including file sharing, sharing name and energy saver settings.
  • Finder issues: Icon previews will not appear on the Desktop, selecting Clean Up does not change icon placement on the Desktop. Sometimes the Finder and Desktop will stop responding to input. A workaround is to restart Finder.
  • iTunes will sometimes lock up when an iPhone is connected. A workaround is to rename or delete ~/Library/Lockdown)
  • Microsoft Office 2004 applications can hang when using the File->Open menu. A workaround is to open the file by opening it in Finder.)
  • On newer MacBook Pros, the screen’s backlight will not come on when booting into the installer if the brightness is set below 6.
  • Hibernation is not working on machines with Nvidia graphics cards and will result in a frozen machine.
  • The Time Machine UI cannot be activated in Finder and Mail in some cases.
  • The linker creates a bad image when the minimum OS target is set to Mac OS X 10.5 and weak external symbols are used. (A workaround is to set Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.6 as the minimum OS target.)
  • Xcode often crashes when navigating in documentation using the navigation buttons.
  • We do not recommended installing this seed on the Nehalem Mac Pros.

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