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Leopard pre-orders double Tiger's

updated 02:50 pm EDT, Mon October 22, 2007

10.5 orders double 10.4

VARs are reporting that pre-orders for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard -- available from the Apple Store, Amazon (with Parallels Bundle), and MacMall (for delivery on Oct 26th) -- are double what they were for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger according to a report from CRN. The reasons: dissatisfaction with Microsoft Vista, the fact that this is the longest period of time between major releases of Mac OS X, and Leopard's new features. Patrick Brown, CEO of Brown Computer Solutions, said "We've probably doubled the backorders of Leopard, compared to what we did with Tiger. With the Intel Macs, Apple has significantly increased the installed base. We do expect a very successful launch."

Apple recently posted a guided tour of Leopard, covering the new 3D dock, "stacks" of items that fan out automatically with one click, the Finder with integrated CoverFlow technology, Quick Look, Time Machine, Spaces, Mail, and iChat. Apple's new Stacks technology provides one-click access to numerous items in folders right from the Dock, displaying a grid by default when too many items are present to produce a reasonable "fan" effect. The company's CoverFlow technology is built into the operating system, and works with Quick Look for browsing through documents and previewing their contents without launching the actual application that created them.

In order to prep for the release of the delayed OS, Apple has reportedly scheduled a series of launch events at 6 pm on the day of its release and plans to keep stores open until midnight as part of its launch. Apple's stores may close prior to the launch event at 6 pm local time and re-open to celebrate the launch of the next-generation operating system.

Meanwhile, Apple UK and British resellers are planning a series of Leopard-related events.






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  1. I WAS the One

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    About time!

    We all Mac Users know that leopard is a new set of brand new Mac OS X apps in a new update, but behind it's a step up of technology for future use, stuff that we don't see that was needed to be improved. I'm happy that Leopard gains credibility over Vista. Vista has a lots of changes, Leopard it's not that different over Tiger, but it a great update rather that an upgrade for todays Macs!

  1. eeboarder

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Delivery Date

    Does anyone know when Leopard will be sent out if we preorder? Are we going to get it on Friday or will it leave the distributor on Friday?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    two things

    About time! We all Mac Users know that leopard is a new set of brand new Mac OS X apps in a new update, but behind it's a step up of technology for future use, stuff that we don't see that was needed to be improved. I'm happy that Leopard gains credibility over Vista. Vista has a lots of changes, Leopard it's not that different over Tiger, but it a great update rather that an upgrade for todays Macs!

    Ah, yes, let's yank on Vista for being different. If they didn't make it different, you'd yank on it for being just the same old thing...

    And I'm confused as to whether all mac users know about the improved underpinnings, or just that its a bunch of new apps slapped into something called an OS?

    Does anyone know when Leopard will be sent out if we preorder? Are we going to get it on Friday or will it leave the distributor on Friday?

    If you pre-ordered it from Apple, its supposed to arrive on Friday (though, knowing apple and what they've tried to do in the past, they'll have some kind of deal with UPS or fedex to make sure it doesn't get delivered until 6pm). If you went Amazon and got it for $20 cheaper, I couldn't say.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    My preorder says

    That it will arrive no earlier than Friday. Should be in stores friday!

  1. I WAS the One

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RE: testudo

    Yank over Vista??? Listen to me "switcher-to-be" say goodbye to Windows once and for all... It looks cool now, and it's a very outstanding OS side by side with Mac OS, but believe me: OS X is far superior, better implemented and better develope than Vista, Today Macs care about Windows users, it comes with the capacity for running Windows, we Mac Users don't hate PCs, we don't even hate Microsoft, In fact we admire Bill Gates as a business Man and a visionary... We just like Macs because Macs and Mac OS X works great and give us better response than PCs that's all.. Show me a Microsoft OS that works better than Mac OS X and I will buy it. Seriously. Leopard will take people to another level, a level so huge that everyone will take it for granted, and when people turn on a PC they will just want to do with Windows the same they are used to with Mac OS X Leopard. Stay tuned. Apple Inc. is saying: we are going to be the next Microsoft, only better. Without their mistakes"

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: testudo

    Today Macs care about Windows users, it comes with the capacity for running Windows, we Mac Users don't hate PCs, we don't even hate Microsoft, In fact we admire Bill Gates as a business Man and a visionary...

    Oh, that's funny. Too many mac people HATE MS so much they refuse to use any of their software, and will do anything to rant against the platform (you must be new here, otherwise you'd notice this).

    And, technically, today's Macs don't care about windows users (they're machines, they can't care). They don't have the capacity to run Windows (that's in Leopard, not part of today's macs).

    Stay tuned. Apple Inc. is saying: we are going to be the next Microsoft, only better. Without their mistakes"

    They're already making MS-like mistakes, from their OS delays, to their money-grabbing desires, to releasing barely beta software as 'finished', only to have all sorts of issues to deal with. They have an MS-like monopoly with MP3 players and the iTMS, and they use that to swing big sticks at their suppliers to get the deals they want. And then there's still their wonderful "We know what's best for you, and you'll like it" attitude.

    The problem is that any company that gets big is going to start falling into the same holes as MS. Its inevitable. Everyone loves the underdog, and ignore their failings, but then when they get big, people pay more attention.

    Oh, but it doesn't matter. Apple's going to lose all those lawsuits and end up having to declare chapter 7!

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: re: testudo

    Ha ha ha! In the same sentence you declare Apple makes MS-like mistakes such as "OS delays" and "releasing barely beta software as finished" - kind of a contradiction, don't you think? Either they delay the product so it isn't beta software, or they release it early and it is - you can't have it both ways.

    I also like you declare the iTMS as a "monopoly" as if it's the iTMS people are clamouring for and not the iPod itself. Not really a monopoly if I can buy music for my iPod or other MP3 player anywhere else. Who cares if the song came from Rhapsody or iTMS?

    Keep trolling, testudo.

  1. pt123

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Mac OS and Vista

    I don't know why some people always gotta bring up Vista when they talk about Mac OS. I have a Mac and a PC, and I am happy with both. More websites work on the PC than the Mac. Buttons are more pretty on the Mac. I can move files to and from work with my PC. It all just works and I'm happy.

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