August 7, 2006
Get a glimpse of the not-so-distant future. Introducing Mac OS X Leopard.
Leopard is scheduled to ship in spring 2007, and will extend Apple’s leadership in software innovation with new features, including; Time Machine, to automatically back up and restore everything on your Mac, and Spaces, a new way to switch between groups of applications. Leopard also includes advancements in Mail and iChat, including Stationery, Notes and To Dos in Mail.
Additional features in Leopard include:
- full native 64-bit support that allows applications to take complete advantage of 64-bit processing while maintaining full performance and compatibility for existing 32-bit Mac OS X applications and drivers;
- enhancements to Boot Camp, Apple’s innovative technology that was previewed as a public beta in April 2006, making it possible to run Windows natively on Intel-based Macs;
- Front Row, now available with all new Macs to play back digital content, including video Podcasts using the simple Apple remote*;
- Photo Booth, Apple’s fun-to-use application that lets users take quick snapshots with an iSight video camera, add entertaining visual effects with the touch of a button, and share them via email;
- iCal 3 with group calendaring capabilities, event drop box, and standards-based CalDAV support;
- improved Spotlight searching that’s even faster, provides richer previews, and lets users search across network mounted folders on other machines;
- a new Movies Dashboard widget for movie times and Web Clip for clipping any part of a web page as a live widget;
- new parental controls including curfews, time limits and remote administration;
- Core Animation, a new graphics technology that makes it easy to create stunning visual effects and animations;
- major enhancements in Universal Access, including improvements in VoiceOver, Apple’s built-in screen reader;
- security enhancements including anti-phishing protection in Mail and Safari, and an automatic firewall that limits network resources available to an application; and
- * new development tools, including Xcode 3 with full 64-bit support, DashCode, an easy way to create new Dashboard widgets without writing a line of code, and Xray, for optimizing application performance.
“Breakthrough features like Time Machine and Spaces are good examples of how Mac OS X leads the industry in operating system innovation,” Jobs says during the WWDC Keynote. “While Microsoft tries to copy the version of OS X we shipped a few years ago, we’re leaping ahead again with Leopard.”
Check out the Leopard Product Page.