updated 03:20 pm EDT, Thu July 26, 2007
Leopard early start kit
Finally providing the same feature-complete beta to developers who did not attend WWDC earlier this year, Apple has released the Leopard Early Start Kit with Leopard beta. In addition to the beta, the package includes access to an exclusive collection of digital resources and information, including WWDC07 Leopard Videos that contain tech talks and more, an updated Leopard Dev Center that includes Beta Reference Library documents, guides, release notes, sample code, and more. There's also a collection called "Coding Headstarts" that provides video, a lesson guide and sample code.
The early start kit is available only to ADC Premier or Select members. ADC Select membership is priced at $500 an includes the start kit, access to the ADC Software Seeding Program, Mac OS X and Xcode Tools, 1 ADC Hardware Discount and more. Premier membership is priced at $3500 and includes the start kit, a Worldwide Developers Conference Ticket, 8 Technical Support Incidents and 10 ADC Hardware Discounts.
As of yesterday, 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.