Photo Gallery: Fourteen views of Mac OS 10.5 Leopard
Here's a preview of what we know about the upcoming operating system release from Apple.
Although Mac OS X Leopard isn't due to hit store shelves until October 2007, Steve Jobs gave another preview at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference. Out of the 300 new features, here are 14, most of which have already been announced. What Jobs did at WWDC was expand a little on each. While there are no "killer apps," what we see only heightens our anticipation more for that final release.
On June 15, 2007, this slide show was updated to correct information within some of the slides.
Jobs did confirm that BootCamp would be included within Leopard, and it will include Windows drivers. A setup assistant creates a Windows partition on your hard drive, making setup much easier. Now you can run Windows apps natively on your Mac. If you need to run the Windows apps concurrently with Mac, however, you'll need either Parallels or VMware (available separately).
The Dashboard widgets now number more than 3000. Within Leopard, there's a new "Movie theater widget," allowing you to find movies in your area, watch a preview, or order tickets online. There's also a feature within Safari called "Web Clip" that allows you to cut and paste content from Web sites that you'd like to see as a widget. And with a .Mac account, your widgets can follow you from Mac to Mac.
Jobs announced at WWDC "no blue background" on its desktop, ushering the era of high-quality photo backgrounds for Leopard. There's a new Dock, and a something called Stacks, which splays out open files or apps within a given folder. There's also a stack called Download so you can keep track of music and videos you acquire. In the demo, everything Jobs did displayed smoothly thanks to the core animation in Leopard.
Enhanced for Leopard is Finder. There's a new sidebar that allows you to search the contents of other machines (including Windows machines) on your home or corporate network. You can even bring files onto your desktop from other machines. File displays are more exciting in Leopard; there's Cover Flow--currently available in iTune 7--displaying the cover of documents, media files, and even utility apps for easy sorting.
Like Windows Media Center in Windows Vista, Apple has provided Front Row to create an Apple TV-like environment for your Mac. Watch recorded movies and TV, play music, view photos, or listen to podcasts conveniently from one interface. Unlike Windows Media Center, you can not watch streaming TV. For that you'll need Apple TV.
With Photo Booth, Leopard let's you take any digital image with your iSight or USB camera and then tweak it just right by adding several new effects. You can also edit existing images or make videos of yourself with fun effects and backgrounds.
Apple takes Windows Vista's preview icons one step into the future, allowing you to view the contents of a file without opening an app. Save precious time by simply rifling through stacks of images rather than guessing what the file may contain based only on its name.
Say you want some apps open for games, more apps for work, and still more for household chores (finances and such). Spaces lets you group apps the way you want, and allows you to switch groups or drag apps from one space to another.
Perhaps one of the coolest ways to back up and restore files ever, Time Machine incorporates many of the other features within Leopard, such as Quick Look. Now you can do a Spotlight search backward through time and preview the file without opening an app, before you restore it. Never before has backup and restore been so effortless.