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WWDC: Jobs talks Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

updated 03:00 pm EDT, Mon June 11, 2007

WWDC: Jobs talks Leopard

Apple boss Steve Jobs today during his keynote address at WWDC revealed that Mac OS X Leopard features a new desktop, a new Finder, and 64-bit top-to-bottom functionality. Detailing 10 features of the forthcoming system software, Jobs covers features dubbed "Quick look," "automatic animation," Boot Camp, "Spaces," Dashboard, revamped iChat, and the Time Machine backup utility. Apple's new desktop includes a new menu bar as well as "Stacks," Apple's rapid access folders that reside within a brand new dock. A new Finder offers a cleaner sidebar, the ability to search remote Macs as well as servers, and a "Back to my Mac" feature that enables users to browse their own computer from remote locations. Leopard's new Finder also adds Cover Flow technology for viewing files and folders in a manner similar to flicking through iTunes albums.

More on Leopard's Finder

Apple is adding the ability to search for files by time, which includes support for searching networked computers. The "Back to my Mac" feature maintains kwowledge of a Mac's IP address, thus allowing owners to remotely view their systems over the internet.

Quick Look offers painless previews

A new feature in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard allows users to preview files without opening them, and the technology even supports plug-ins for document types that aren't initially supported. Mac users will be able to view photos, watch videos, and browse text documents without ever having to launch the corresponding software.

64-bit Leopard, automatic animation

Apple's latest system software is 64-bit throughout, running both 32-bit and 64-bit applications natively at all levels through Cocoa. Jobs demonstrated automatic animation via an application that ran hundreds of videos simultaneously, allowing the executive to choose a video by clicking on a view or searching by typing in search tags.


A previously announced feature of Leopard, Spaces essentially support multiple desktops for four different working environments all operating simultenously. Spaces allow users to work with multiple applications cleanly, with each space containing its own set of windows.

Dashboard, new widget

Mac OS X Tiger users already have access to more than 3,000 widgets for the operating system's Dashboard feature, but company CEO Steve Jobs plans to add another widget that allows users to search for movies by movie title or by theater. The executive also discussed a "Webclip" feature that allows users to make a widget out of any Web page.

iChat gets a boost

Leopard brings better audio quality with AAC-LD (low delay) to iChat, as well as other desired features like tabbed chat and photobooth effects. iChat Theater enables users to showcase applications to others, and a "background" feature can place nearly any scene behind an iChat user.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Chris Paveglio

    Joined: Dec 1969


    transp. menu bar WTF?

    Why is Apple so worried about the transparent menu bar? That NEEDS to be white so I can read it! Apple stop disregarding your own UI Guidlines! I don't give a c*** about transparent menu bars or reflective docks. Stop with the eye candy! I want real useability improvements. How about a real world useable Search function again? Spotlight is c***. I care little for cover flow.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As pretty as it is, I hope it can be turned off or varied.

  1. nerd

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I feel the same way about the title bar.

  1. gregarios

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So, Leopard... looks good. But...


    I've been waiting since Oct 2006 to buy a top-of-the-line new iMac, and have vowed to wait until they had even just a speed bump... NOthing yet in 8 months.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: transp. menubar

    Maybe in OS X.6, Apple will 'fix' this by tying the menu bar to each window, instead of the top of the screen.

    But, on the bright side, could it possibly be that apple actually is standardizing on one UI for their software?

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Boo hiss

    Very disappointing.

    All fluff and no substance. LImited vision, "another coat of paint" type stuff. Apple is becoming the Madonna of GUIs. In the computer realm, they are plodding along, only slightly slower then Microsoft. Everything in overly-cautious baby steps.

    Where is the revolutionary Apple that's going to change the world? Where is the Apple that "get's" the future? That understands cloud computing better then Google, that intuits the importance of virtualization, that could take the lead away from Microsoft in unified messaging?

    Very disappointing. And the market obviously feels the same.

    A lot of people lost on Apple today. It is not a safe company for your money anymore. And along with things like the Apple Store being pulled down in advance of the show, it leads me to wonder about purposeful manipulation. If you do it with options, why not stock?

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why would you want to tie the menu to the window!? You then just have the same thing taking up more space with every window you have open - it's completely pointless. You additionally have the problem of closing the application when you close the window, and not having access to menus in that application that aren't reliant on having a document open (ie preferences, open...

    Apart from that I agree with Chris - can we just have a "Find" function that works!? What's the point of displaying the last opened date next to a file name. Who cares when the files was opened, I care when it was last modified.

  1. panjandrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Transparent Menu Bar

    Let us all hope that transparent menu bar is optional, because it sure is horrible! Who had the idea to make the single most important part of the UI harder to see? Is Apple hiring their GUI designers from Microsoft now, because that's so bad it sounds like something that could only come from them...

    *Sigh* I guess I shouldn't complain so much, because even though every once in a while Apple manages to do something truly awful, at least it is the rare occurrence instead of the norm...

  1. Faceplant

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I wonder...

    I there no making you whining bunch of babies happy? You are looking for a perfect system, I suppose. I think the next huge leap for computers will be a model based in flash. No HD. a 100GB flash memory. Now, that will be a speed bump, and until then you bunch of whiners, think back of your first Mac LC, system 6. Now shaddup!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: the snarkmeiter

    Gee, and people say I'm over-critical of Apple!

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