Posted by: macintoshsisters | July 23, 2007

Apple banks on exciting new hardware

The Mac’s new operating system, Leopard, could be mostly eye candy, writes David Flynn

It wasn’t the rapturous reception to which Steve Jobs was accustomed. Clad in his trademark black turtleneck, blue jeans and running shoes, standing centre stage at the low glassy monolith of San Francisco’s Moscone Centre last month, the mercurial genius who helped ignite the computer revolution was presenting a sneak peek at the next generation of the Mac OS X operating system, which runs about 20 million Mac desktops and notebooks worldwide.

Its official name is Mac OS X version 10.5, although most fans know it as Leopard – Apple christens each edition of its OS after a jungle cat, with Leopard set to follow in the pawprints of the OS X 10.4 Tiger.

“Leopard has over 300 new features,” Jobs boasted before teasing the audience with what he called “the 10 coolest ones”. They were Time Machine, an automated and sophisticated backup program; Stacks, which lets you group together related programs and documents; and Spaces, which creates several “virtual desktops” or work spaces rather than clutter up your primary desktop with everything you’re working on.

FULL article at SMH

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