Apple could release Snow Leopard, the Mac OS X upgrade, earlier than expected according to reports from several Apple watchers. Mac sites are reporting that the new software could be released as early as 28 August.

John Gruber, who writes the Daring Fireball blog, and has accurately predicted other Apple moves in the past, said that his sources have put the release of Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, as 28 August, just over two weeks away.

Another analyst, was willing to bet on an early launch. "Why not ship early if you can? It feels good and looks good [for Apple]," said Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research. "And, unlike the old days, you don't have to wait for the ink in the manuals to dry."

One prominent analyst, however, was dubious about an August release. "Early September would be early," countered Gene Munster, an analyst for Piper Jaffray who covers Apple.

In June, Apple announced it would ship Snow Leopard in September, but the company has not yet revealed the official on-sale date.

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