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Preview: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

£85 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Apple

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

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

Dashboard

What it is: Steve Jobs calls Dashboard "a huge hit" for Apple since its introduction with OS X 10.4, and he's got the numbers to prove it - there are more than 3,000 widgets floating around out there that you can install on OS X 's hidden layer, accessible with just the push of the F12 key.

The major changes to Leopard's version of Dashboard include Web Clip, actually a button in Safari that lets you turn web pages into widgets, and Dashcode, a development tool aimed at would-be widget makers. Dashboard will also include .Mac synching, making it easier to transfer widgets from one Mac to another.

What's changed: Very little since las August. Jobs spent most of his WWDC 2007 keynote recapping the Web Clip and Dashcode features. However, one new detail did come out of that presentation: Apple is adding a movie widget that generates a listing of movies playing in local theaters and their show times; it also allows you to play trailers for current releases and coming attractions.BRIAN CHEN AND PHILIP MICHAELS

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Mac OS X Leopard Desktop

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Mac OS X Leopard Quick Look

Mac OS X Leopard Spaces

Mac OS X Leopard Safari

Mac OS X Leopard iChat

Mac OS X Leopard Automator

Mac OS X Leopard Mail

Mac OS X Leopard iCal

Mac OS X Leopard Dashboard

Mac OS X Leopard, the complete package

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  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

We're pretty excited about what Leopard - Mac OS X 10.5 - will bring to the table. Most of the changes are incremental, but as any Mac user knows OS X is an excellent operating system anyway. These improvements suggest that Mac OS X 10.5 will be a must-have upgrade.

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