The latest update to Snow Leopard — Mac OS X 10.6.5 — hasn’t even shot down the Software Update pipeline to users yet as a beefy download, but that’s not stopping Cupertino from seeding early builds of 10.6.6 to developers.
We already knows that 10.6.5 is imminent, so the fact that Apple has already moved onto development of 10.6.6 just underlines the fact that we won’t have too much longer to wait.
What’s more interesting, though, is the tiny footprint of 10.6.6: it’s only 3.7MB. Compared that to 10.6.5’s anticipated footprint of nearly 500MBs and it’s easy to see that 10.6.6 won’t be bringing all that much new to Snow Leopard, at least as far as bullet points on a feature and bug fix list are concerned.
What Mac OS X 10.6.6 will bring to the table is pretty huge for the Mac software ecosystem, though: the Mac App Store, which at the very least will add the ability to one-click buy, download and install application support to the operating system.
Big things really do come in small packages sometimes.