In general the next release is only aiming at 10.6 compatibility, it's not about new features.
Besides that, there will be a Live 64bit version someday, but there's no date announced yet.
This has nothing to do with the 10.6 release.
OpenCL an interesting topic, but not a switch you just turn on and a bit too early for statements at all.
You can't just throw a vst at it and shout "c'mon gfx card, crunch!"
It's a complete developing platform that let's you develop code in its own language that runs on CPUs as well as on GPUs.
It also seems to be the first hardware independent approach as there were already hardware dependent APIs available from ATI and NVidia - but there's not much stuff to see yet in general: OpenCL 1.0 itself was just released in december, it is now included in os10.6 and you have to develop new stuff with it or check how to port your existing things. Means a lot of time and sweat - while atm it only runs on Intelmacs with 10.6 with a few supported gfx cards and Microsoft doing their own thing with DirectX.
GCD on the other hand is a bundle of programming tools and functions in MacOS that helps you developing multicore functionality for your application more easily now, but all existing multicore DAWs already solved that the hard way - so also no news here. Maybe there are new tricks available now, eg. for optimizing threading between different applications as with GCD the OS handles a lot of the threading - but maybe it is not useable for us at all because threading in a realtime application with all the time dependencies is hardcore voodoo.
At least to me, this will be something for our engine welding coding wizards.
We will try to come up with a sticky tomorrow that answers the most common questions regarding the 10.6 release as it seems to generate a lot of interest and traffic.
While I thank you for that I would like to have a word from you on this:
I still have Leopard
10.5.4 on an iMac Early 2008.
I didn't upgrade to 10.5.6 but it seems I have solved that
on my spare external boot disk created with Superduper.
Time Machine Drive needs to be on while combo upgrading
so maybe I'll do it on the internal drive as well.
However, Live 8.0.4 gfx performance are not that bad really on 10.5.4 - Do you suggest upgrade to 10.5.6 anyway (given the upcoming 8.0.5 release of Live)? - Is Tiger still supported (I got a Macbook Late 2006 with 10.4.11)?
In general It would be nice to have a word from Ableton each time a new
update is released like the OS version it was developed on and the one you recommend.
- Thanks in advance