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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: first review

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Manufacturer: Apple

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

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

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 Expert Verdict »

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
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 9 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

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.

  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Spotlight

    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Spotlight

    Mac users upgrading to Leopard will find a different Spotlight waiting for them.

  • Preview: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

    Preview: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

    More details have emerged about Mac OS X 10.5, the next major update to the Mac operating system that Apple has dubbed "Leopard".

  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Automator 2.0

    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Automator 2.0

    There's more to major OS X updates than introducing entirely new features such as Time Machine. Apple also takes the opportunity to freshen up existing applications, adding new capabilities or improving the way things get done. When Apple introduces a new OS X, it often takes the opportunity to freshen up existing applications, adding capabilities or improving the way things get done.

  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Time Machine

    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Time Machine

    Apple usually makes no secret of what it considers to be the marquee feature of its major Mac OS X releases. The clue is usually right there on the box in which the update arrives. And when you see the OS X 10.5's box, you'll realise that Time Machine is a big deal.

  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.5

    Apple Mac OS X 10.5.5 brought a slew of updates - 136MB worth in the Software Update version on our Mac - most of which were described in Apple's nicely detailed release notes.


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