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Apple unveils near final Mac OS X Leopard

Posted on 12-Jun-2007 09:07 | Filed under: News

Apple unveils near final Mac OS X Leopard
Apple is showing a near final version of Mac OS X Leopard, the sixth major release of its operating system, currently scheduled to ship in October.

Leopard introduces over 300 new features, including a new Desktop and Dock with Stacks, a new way to organize files; an updated Finder featuring Cover Flow and a new way to browse and share files between multiple Macs; Quick Look, a new way to rapidly preview most files without opening an application.

The new operating system also introduces Time Machine, allowing automatic back up and restore of lost files or a complete Mac and Spaces, a new feature to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them.

"Leopard is the best release of Mac OS X to date, surpassing even Tiger, and will further extend Mac OS X's leadership as the most advanced and innovative operating system in the world," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We think current and prospective customers are going to love Leopard, and that it will help make the Mac even more popular."

The new Dock featuring Stacks helps manage a user's desktop clutter caused by browser and email downloads. With the click of a mouse, users can instantly fan out the contents of a stack to easily see each item. Leopard's Finder has been completely redesigned with the addition of Cover Flow, a way to quickly browse and locate files and applications.

Subscribers to .Mac can also use the new "Back to my Mac" feature to browse and access files on their remote Macs over the Internet.

Time Machine keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on the Mac. In the event a file is lost, users can use Mac OS X's Spotlight to search back through time to find and then instantly restore the file. Time Machine can automatically back up a Mac to an external hard drive connected with a FireWire or USB cable, to a server, or wirelessly to an AirPort Extreme base station with an attached hard drive.

Leopard also includes three new technologies that take full advantage of the latest developments in processor hardware: full native 64-bit support to enable applications to take complete advantage of 64-bit processing while still running side by side with existing 32-bit Mac OS X applications and drivers; easy multi-core optimization and scheduling to take advantage of the latest Intel hardware; and Core Animation, helping developers easily create animated user experiences as amazing as Leopard's Spaces and Time Machine in their own applications.

One important feature on this new version is Boot Camp, a tool that makes it possible to run Microsoft Windows natively on Intel-based Macs.

Apple says this new OS will cost US$129 when it hits the store later this year.