Apple's latest operating system for the Apple Mac, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard represents evolution rather than revolution.

Apple has made a nip here and tuck there, adding some features, enhancing others and leaving well alone where no change is necessary. And Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard starts from a decent vantage point. If you've never used Mac OS X take it from us: it's stable, beautiful and simple to use. The temptation to compare and contrast with Windows Vista has never been more compelling.

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We've picked out five major areas where Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard represents a significant development over its predecessor, OS X 10.4, or Tiger.

Follow the links below to read our expert reviewer's verdicts. And keep checking back: when we have more time we have to play with Apple's latest OS, we'll be updating our review.

Apple Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard: Specs

  • Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor
  • 512MB of memory
  • DVD drive for installation
  • 9GB of available disk space
  • some features require a compatible Internet service provider
  • fees may apply
  • some features require Apple's .Mac service
  • fees apply
  • Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor
  • 512MB of memory
  • DVD drive for installation
  • 9GB of available disk space
  • some features require a compatible Internet service provider
  • fees may apply
  • some features require Apple's .Mac service
  • fees apply

OUR VERDICT

It's early days yet, so it is difficult to give a definitive verdict, but our early impressions are good. With subtle improvements to existing features, and fresh additions to the software's stable, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has all the hallmarks of a classic operating system.

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