It’s October 25th, which means one day until Apple releases the latest incarnation of its fantastic Mac OS X into the wild; Leopard (aka. Mac OS X v10.5). I’ve got a family pack preordered for day of delivery, so I can already tell you my weekend is scheduled for a whole lot of Mac upgradin’ (as well as some GH3 :).
The early reviews are in, and no surprise they are quite glowing. Tiger was already an exceptional and mature OS, so to deliver and improve upon it is a feat unto itself. Over 300 new features, big and small. Apple has thankfully listed and categorized all of them over here. So much to look forward to in the new OS that I don’t even know where to begin geeking out about it!
- Time Machine
- Completely revamped Mail
- FrontRow and PhotoBooth for all
- New iChat with PhotoBooth effects, iChat Theater, Tabbed Chat, etc.
- Improved iCal interface and CalDEV support (!!!)
- All new Finder paradigm
- "Back to My Mac" remote file retrieval
- Quick Look
- Spaces (ala Xwindows virtual desktops)
- Natively 64-bit and multi-core aware to eight processor cores (Oh if only I had a Core 2 Duo instead of an original Core Duo! <tears!> )
<panting> Ok, I need to calm down before the wifey makes me take a timeout…
Check out this video review from Uncle Walt over at the Wall Street Journal.
I’ll let you know how the upgrade goes tomorrow and if I run into any incompatibilities or issues through the weekend. Happy Mac’ing, and prayers to all of those affected by the current California wildfires.
More links to reviews after the break…
- Walt Mossberg’s review at the Wall Street Journal, "Leopard: Faster, Easier Than Vista"
- David Pogue’s review at The New York Times, "Apple Offers New Goodies in Leopard System"
- Edward C. Baig’s review at USA Today, "Leopard, Apple’s new Mac operating system, hits all the right spots"
- Steven Levy’s video review on Newsweek, "User Notes: Mac OS X ‘Leopard’"
- Jason Snell’s review on Macworld, "Review: Mac OS X Leopard"