updated 08:55 am EDT, Tue October 16, 2007
Leopard up for pre-order
After a brief downtime on Tuesday, the Apple Store has been put back online with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, which is now available for pre-order. The latest version of the core Mac operating system costs $129 for a single user or $199 in a "family pack," and should ship October 26th; customers who pre-order now will receive free shipping. The software introduces a number of new features to the Mac OS, among them Time Machine file recovery, stacked Dock icons, and the integration of Cover Flow into the Finder system browser. Users can also divide their desktop into separate "Spaces," and run Boot Camp without a separate download. An Intel or PowerPC G4 Mac is required, with a minimum of a 867MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and a DVD drive.