OS X Leopard Hits Stores

October 16th, 2007 at 12:00 am

It’s final and it’s about time. OS X Leopard (MacOS 10.5) will be available in Apple Stores on October 26, 6pm.

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It’s been a while since Apple announced the Leopard version of their OS X and people have gone weary waiting. Finally the new operating system will hit shelves next Friday.

For those who don’t know, OS X is MacOS 10. It was released in 2001 version 10.0 codenamed Cheetah. In the same year, 10.1 was released as an upgrade codnamed Puma. MacOS 10.2- OS X Jaguar came in 2002 then in 2003 another upgrade, 10.3 Panther. In 2005, Apple released the OS X Tiger or MacOS 10.4 which runs most Macs and all iPhones today.

Engadget has some coverage from OS X senior director Brian Croll. Here’s his low down on the OS:

  • Users who bought Apple machines from October 1st on can participate in Apple’s Up-To-Date Program, which provides free Leopard upgrades (for $10 shipping).
  • Boot Camp’s beta Assistant software expires at the end of 2007, meaning Tiger users that want to continue editing / creating Windows partitions on their Macs need to do so before January, or upgrade to Leopard. Post-January you’ll still be able to boot to the partitions you’ve created, though.
  • Users shouldn’t expect expanded sync capabilities between Mail.app and the iPhone, although it looks like you’ll be able to read iPhone notes on your desktop machine now.
  • File system is, indeed, still HFS+; OS X now supports read-only ZFS, as we’d heard.
  • Don’t forget to peep the new features / changes list on Apple’s site.
  • Call us crazy, but with a 6:00PM Friday launch, we think you should expect lines — but not for Apple to sell out.

I’m not a Mac user and I’ve always found the MacOS as more eye candy than functionality. So I’ll just report what the other people are excited about the OS X Leopard.

  • Google Maps integration with Address Book.
  • Tricked out AppleScript.
  • Automator UI recording / playback.
  • Japanese dictionary support.
  • New, easily-printable font books.
  • Front Row now looks more like "Back Row" (the Apple TV interface) — too bad it’s still not more like Media Center.
  • New AirPort menus that show WiFi encryption.
  • Disk encryption now supports 256 bit AES.
  • Built-in grammar checker. Lord knows we need it ’round these parts.
  • Tabbed terminal.

Are those features new? I think I’ve seen them on Windows before.

Anyway, like I said, OS X Leopard hits stores on next Friday 6pm. Apple execs say consumers should expect lines or avoid them by pre-ordering today. OS X Leopards are available for $129 single user and $199 5-user family package. Pricing is absurd huh? What can I say, it’s Apple.