Leopard unveiled for Apple Macs

Written by Joe Martin

October 26, 2007 | 15:13

Tags: #leopard #mac #tiger

Companies: #apple

Well, if you're a devout Apple fan boy then you probably already know the news, but we'll post it all the same. That's just how we roll here at bit-tech. Leopard, AKA Mac OS X v10.5, has finally been released.

Leopard is the sixth major release of the Mac OS X operating system and is the successor to Tiger, the previous version. It will go on sale for around $129 or £85, though student and family pack versions will also be available.

Impressively, Apple is offering a cheap upgrade option for anyone who has bought a new Mac between October 1st or December 29th this year, allowing them to upgrade to Leopard for just $9.95, or around £5.

Apple reckons that Leopard contains over 300 new features and enhancements over previous versions of the OS, including 64-bit support on all applications, which should run on all Tiger-supporting Macs.

One of the most disappointing new features however is...The Time Machine!, which turns out to actually just be an automated back-up tool which regularly runs to prevent you losing files. Early reports that this function would require flux capacitor hardware were unveiled to be utter rubbish.

Most obvious among the changes is the new desktop however, which uses a new menu bar on the bottom of the screen and 'stacks'. Stacks do what they say on the tin and allow users to create piles of icons and documents, keeping everything tidy. The system automatically collects your downloads in one stack by default though, so you may want to fiddle with that option if you're downloading stuff you want to keep...uh, private.

Will you be picking up a new version and, if so what license? Do you use a Mac regularly, or are you a PC user through and through? Let us know in the forums.
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