updated 02:45 pm EDT, Fri October 26, 2007
Leopard: more news
Apple today is launching Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in the U.S. at 6:00 p.m. local time, but Mac owners in the UK and Japan are already cracking open their freshly-purchased boxes as a result of the time difference. A PhD student at the natural language processing group of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University is putting the finishing touches on Letterbox for Leopard, which is scheduled for release later today or some time tomorrow. Some eager Apple fans are already waiting in line at the Southpoint Mall in Durham, North Carolina to get their hands on Mac OS X Leopard when it hits store shelves there; the patient customers are broadcasting live video each hour, on the hour, of their experience waiting in line.
One blogger has posted a review of Leopard's improved search feature, Spotlight, vs. QuickSilver -- a utility that allows users to create keyboard commands to rapidly perform tasks like launching applications, manipulating files as well as data, and running scripts or sending email.
Apple appears to have removed a key feature in Leopard just before the software is set to launch, according to forum posters cited by AppleInsider. The company repeatedly touted the ability to easily back up data via Wi-Fi using its Time Machine backup utility, but has since quietly removed all references to the feature on its website. The apparent move is frustrating many customers who plan to use the new feature and especially those who purchased expensive wireless devices as a means to make use of Wi-Fi backups once they acquired Leopard.
MacEnthusiasts today announced that it will host a Mac OS X Leopard release party from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26th. In conjunction with the release of Leopard, the group has arranged for a live spotted leopard with two trainers on the premises as well as free tacos and Halloween candy for kids. MacEnthusiasts is providing live Mac OS X Leopard demonstrations as well as raffles for Apple products all night long, and is giving away a free T-shirt with each Leopard purchase. The party will also include a DJ and free iPods with a purchase of a Mac and an Applecare plan. Leopard sales will begin at 6:00 p.m.