Apple OS X Leopard due to arrive in October

Apple
unveiled a near final version of Mac OS X Leopard, the sixth major release

of the
operating system. Scheduled to ship in October, Leopard introduces over

300 new
features, including a new Desktop and Dock with Stacks, an intuitive new way to
organize files; an updated Finder featuring Cover Flow and a new way to easily
browse and share files between multiple Macs; Quick Look, a new way to rapidly
preview most files without opening an application; Time Machine, a new way to
easily and automatically back up and restore lost files or a complete Mac;
Spaces, a powerful new feature to create groups of applications and instantly
switch between them; and enhanced iChat and Mail applications, which easily
allow users to communicate even more creatively.

“Leopard
is the best release of Mac OS X to date, surpassing even Tiger, and will
further extend Mac OS X’s leadership as the most advanced and innovative
operating system in the world,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We
think current and prospective customers are going to love Leopard and that it
will help make the Mac even more popular.”

Leopard
includes a completely new Dock featuring Stacks, which can help manage a user’s
desktop clutter caused by browser and email downloads. With the click of a
mouse, users can instantly fan out the contents of a stack to easily see each
item. Leopard’s Finder has been completely redesigned, adding Cover Flow as an
innovative way to quickly browse and locate files and applications. Finder’s
new Sidebar simplifies the organization of files on a Mac, and adds easy access
to shared Macs and PCs on a home network. Subscribers to .Mac can also use the
new “Back to my Mac” feature to browse and access files on their
remote Macs over the Internet. Also new in Leopard is Quick Look, an innovative
new way for users to instantly preview almost any file, and even play media
files, without opening an application.

With its
unique ability to let users travel back in time to find deleted files,
applications, photos and other digital media, Time Machine is a revolutionary
way to protect your digital life. With just a one-click setup, Time Machine
automatically keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on the Mac.

In the
event a file is lost, users can use Mac OS X’s Spotlight to search back through
time to find and then instantly restore the file. Time Machine can
automatically back up a Mac to an external hard drive connected with a FireWire
or USB cable, to a server, or wirelessly to an AirPort Extreme base station
with an attached hard drive.

Leopard
also includes three new technologies that take full advantage of the
latest developments in processor hardware: full native 64-bit support to
enable applications to take complete advantage of 64-bit processing while still
running side by side with existing 32-bit Mac OS X applications and
drivers; easy multi-core optimization and scheduling to take advantage of the
latest Intel hardware; and Core Animation, helping developers easily
create animated user experiences as amazing as Leopard’s Spaces and Time
Machine in their own applications.

Other new
features in Leopard include:

Leopard
Mail, offering more ways to customize and add personal style to email than ever
before, with more than 30 beautiful stationery designs and layouts that look
great on a Mac or Windows PC; Notes, making it as easy to take and organize
notes as it is to compose and read emails; To Dos, for creating lists viewed
directly in Mail and automatically sync them with iCal; and data detectors that
automatically sense phone numbers, addresses and events so they can be easily
added to Address Book or iCal;

Leopard
iChat with iChat Theater, letting users present photos, presentations, videos
and files in a video conference; Photo Booth effects, enabling users to
transform their iChat video in real time with fun distortion and color effects;
and video backdrops that allow users to choose any photo or video that makes
them appear to be anywhere in the world, or out of it;

Leopard
iCal, introducing powerful group calendaring features based on the open CalDAV
standard that make it easy to organize and coordinate schedules with other
people;

Spaces,
giving users a powerful new, clutter-free way to create customized spaces on
the desktop with only the applications or files needed for each project, and
the ability to quickly switch between them with one click of a mouse or
keystroke;

Web Clip,
bringing anything that a user wants from a web page to Dashboard as a live
widget;

Boot Camp,
making it possible to run Windows natively on Intel-based Macs; and new
development tools, including Xcode 3 with a next generation editor; an all new
Interface Builder for easier integration of advanced animation effects into an
application; simpler debugging; and support for Objective-C 2.0; DashCode, a
better way to create new Dashboard

widgets without writing a line of code; and Xray, a new application for
optimizing application performance.

Mac OS X version
10.5 Leopard is scheduled to ship in October and will be available through the
Apple Store (http://www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized
Resellers for a suggested retail price of $129 (

US) for a single user license. The
Mac OS X Leopard Family Pack is a single-residence, five-user license that will
be available for a suggested retail price of $199 (US). Volume and maintenance
pricing is available from Apple.