leopard (mac os 10.5) is still slated for release in october 2007.
300 new features in leopard, 10 more announced today:
#1 new desktop no more brushed metal!
stacks newest document goes to the top of the stack and can be an application launcher
#2 back to my mac file sharing within local and “distant” networks
cover flow just like the system in iTunes for searching and viewing music
#3 quick look view text, images, pdf live without opening a specific application
#4 64-bit os from top to bottom (same version will work 32 or 64-bit)
#5 core animations easy to use and implement in applications
#6 boot camp apple’s dual boot solution will be part of leopard and can run XP and Vista and native speeds – a complement to parallels. apple is working with parallels and VMWare because they are VERY happy with how they have been working
#7 spaces segment your working/playing/family life into specific screens. applications can be pulled through one space to another
#8 dashboard many people have become dashboard obsessed. what will leopard bring to the table? new widget, movie times (via fandango)
#9 ichat version with leopard will bring some of the features of photo booth to ichat. tabbed chats, better auto with a new aac codec, theatre and backdrops
#10 time machine one click to setup and begin a backup process. keep it simple so people will use it.
once again, apple will sell leopard for $129 in october!
ONE MORE THING!
Safari ON WINDOWS. personally, WHY? safari 3 will run on XP and Vista now. looks like it will run VERY fast on windows. shall see (public beta available for download today)
ONE LAST THING!!
iPhone is slated for release on June 29th (we knew this). What about developers? apple has come up with away to write iPhone apps (with security – don’t want to crash your cell phone). using safari’s engine, web 2.0 and ajax.
all apps run within safari and can integrate with iPhone services. e.g. corporate address working with LDAP. dial through the numbers displayed, maps and iphone integration. apple salesforce and google are building applications this way.
apple’s developer’s conference is set to begin in just a few minutes (1pm EDT Monday the 11th). i’m here – eastern, but watching and waiting closely. i’ve been hoping for an updated iMac (which is expected) and there has been some talk in the last day or two about some long overdue .Mac updates.
more to come as the keynote kicks off to hear steve’s announcements about leopard, the iPhone and any other little nuggets that will wow and surprise! check back later for more.
UPDATE: it has begun. more accolades for intel. ea (electronic arts) has announced that they will release a number of games for the mac next month (command and conquer 3, battlefield 2142, need for speed carbon and harry potter & the order of the phoenix)! madden 08 and tiger woods 08 expected in summer/fall too. id games is also on stage for wwdc. graphics are huge this year (and the speed and quality will bring games back to the mac).