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WWDC: Mac OSX “Leopard”


There were a number of new features of the Mac OSX “Leopard” that were discussed at the Conference today, but the one disppointing bit of news was that the OS would not be out until Spring 2007. Many were hoping for a late 2006 launch. THe highlights of the presentation:

  • 64 bit Unix support alongside 32 bit applications without emulation
  • Time Machine that keeps the system backed up and can be used for a system restore, single file restore or anything in between
  • Boot Camp will ship as standard with Leopard
  • Spaces that lets you group applications and switch between those groups
  • Core Animation that allows animation to be made simply, using layers containing text, 2D graphics, OpenGL renderings, and video
  • Mail adds Notes for aplace to write and store whatever you want and To Do’s that allow you to add due dates, alarms and priority to emails as imply as clicking on them and setting what you like, and they will show up in iCal as well
  • iChat with a numer of enhancements – set any background you like using pictures or video,  use PhotoBooth effects with iChat video, use Screen Sharing to view or control a single desktop and tabbed chatting

There is a lot more information over at Apple’s page devoted to the Leopard preview. 


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