updated 09:05 am EST, Thu January 31, 2008
Air's Leopard an exclusive
The MacBook Air is dependent on a exclusive version of Mac OS X Leopard, Apple technical documents show. "The Mac OS X 10.5 installation media that shipped with your MacBook Air is designed for use on this computer only and not intended for any other computer," the document warns. Owners are further cautioned that the installer "prevents this software from being installed on other Macintosh computers," and that moreover, an Air cannot be restored by using other Leopard installation discs.
While this reflects Apple's policy for most of its computers, this may complicate ownership of the Air for some people, as it may involve not just keeping two versions of Leopard in easy reach, but contacting Apple for a replacement should the Air version go missing. There is no indication to date that the separate version of Leopard will be available in stores.