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.