It took nearly 2 and a half years for Apple to come up with an update for the OS X, but apparently, they've come back with a bang or rather, a roar. Apple's new update for the OS X has stirred up quite a storm. Of course, it's better looking and has some 300+ new features (according to Apple) and it looks real good on paper. In reality, it looks even better. In fact, even a lot of Windows loyalists I know were impressed and had a few good things to say about it. Let's see what this latest wild cat offers.
OS X Leopard is the 6th release of the Mac OS X operating system for Apple's Mac PCs; a successor to the Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger. It has 2 versions -- one for desktops and the other for servers named Mac OS X Server. Now that's what I call an intelligent choice, unlike some other operating systems where you end up spending a lot of time and money deciding which version to buy (from a choice of 6) and once you have it, you spend even more time swearing and trying to find a workaround for all the new problems it presents you with.
Apple has spruced up the OS X Leopard desktop by incorporating a redesigned and good looking Dock (program launcher), Stacks, a semi-transparent menu bar, an updated version of Finder that uses the Cover Flow navigation interface like iTunes, Spaces (not Hotmail or MSN) and, my favorite, Time Machine -- an automated backup utility.
Other features include support for coding 64-bit GUI applications, support for Spotlight-search across multiple machines. Also included in the Leopard installation package are Front Row and Photo Booth.
As aforementioned, Apple claims that Leopard has over 300 changes and enhancements ranging from core operating system components, applications, and developer tools. Since it's a little difficult to cover all the new features, we'll see a few prominent ones.
Let's start with stuff from the desktop, shall we?