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Apple distributing new Leopard build?

updated 04:20 pm EDT, Wed July 25, 2007

New Leopard build out?

Apple is believed to be distributing a new preview version of Mac OS X Leopard, the first such release since June. Anonymous sources suggest that build 9A499 is making the rounds of members in the Apple Developer Connection, and is nearly 7GB in size. It is not being treated entirely favorably however, as there have been multiple accounts of the OS being plagued with bugs. "I'm recommending to other developers that they stick with the earlier 9A466 build," one source is quoted as saying. "[9A499] is very buggy."

Despite this, the new release is at least said to be dramtically faster than its predecessor. Leopard has experienced a troubled development schedule; its original launch date was set for June, but as this timeframe approached, the June 29th premiere of the iPhone took precedence and was given the bulk of Apple's development resources. Leopard is currently expected to ship in October.

by MacNN Staff





  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Its a developer build to test the software out as well as your software. Its not for real-world use.

    And if its 'buggy', isn't that the time to really use the software, so you can report the bugs so we, as users, don't get stuck with them?????

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: buggy?

    I agree 100%. Developers should be using this software to its fullest.

    I wonder if the person who recommended people *not* use it was not a developer but someone who illegally downloaded it and tried to use it as their primary OS.

  1. heavyboots

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: buggy?

    In defense of developers, a lot of them aren't trying to test Apple's OS so much as they are trying to make sure *their* product works right when the new OS is released. As suck, if the new OS is so buggy you're KP'ing every 5 minutes, it's kind of worthless to try and get any coding done in it.

  1. mike3k

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Using Leopard

    I found the WWDC build far too buggy for everyday use, so I just boot it when I need to test something and then go back to 10.4. I haven't downloaded the new build yet, but it supposedly fixes a bug I reported.

  1. Rincewind

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I just hope...

    I just hope that those that are encountering bugs are actually reporting them instead of just ignoring them...

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