The last time that DailyTech
extensively covered OS X v10.5 Leopard was back in April. At the time, Apple
announced that it would delay the introduction
of the long-awaited operating system due to needs of the iPhone
program. The delay forced OS X v10.5 to an October ship date instead of
"We now plan to show our developers a near final
version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so
they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October," said Apple
in April. "We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents
tradeoffs, and in this case we're sure we've made the right ones."
"We can't wait until customers get their hands (and
fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it
is," the company continued.
The wait is almost over and eager Apple fans will be happy
to know that OS X v10.5 will ship on October 26. Apple says that the revised
operating system contains over 300 new features and “installs easily, and works
with the software and accessories you already have.”
Some of the highlighted features include a revamped desktop,
a new Finder which includes Cover Flow technology, Quick Look which gives
full-scale previews of documents before opening them and Time Machine which
creates incremental backups of files.
Pricing for Apple's OS X v10.5 may make some Windows Vista users
green with envy. A single-user license of OS X v10.5 costs just $129.00 direct
from Apple. A five-user license will set you back just $199.00.
Customers who pre-order
OS X v10.5 today from Apple are guaranteed to have their copy on their
doorstep on October 26.
quote: Now if Apple would just realize that they have to open up their platforms to outsiders, they may actually capture a significant % of the market. Until then they'll always be an niche for people that want to do something different and don't want to (or can't understand) Linux.
quote: "We can't wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is," the company continued.
quote: How is Leopard revolutionary???
quote: Even though my i875 has 2G of RAM I will not be installing Vista on it. Vista would necessitate a whole new machine, one with a PCI-E video card. No thanks, I don't feel like spending $1500 just to play the latest DX10 game.
quote: installs easily
quote: people who want something sleek
quote: feels so much easier and quicker than Windows Key - M
quote: OSX handles external/second monitors so much better than Windows does