26/10/07: The day Leopard leaps

Matthew JC. Powell
10 December, 2007
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As this issue went to press, Apple announced that Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, will finally ship on the 26th of October at 6:00pm. Leopard’s release had originally been planned for the first half of this year but was delayed as Apple focused its resources on the iPhone launch.

The best news for Australian users is the fact that the local pricing has been revised. Originally announced at $229 in line with previous iterations of Mac OS X, Leopard will instead cost $158 including GST. That represents, at press time, a straight exchange-rate conversion from its US price of $US129. In fact, given that the $US129 price is not inclusive of state-based sales taxes, Australian Mac users will be paying less than most of their American counterparts for Leopard.

See the Commentary in the 10.2007 issue of Australian Macworld for the blistering editorial that no doubt pressured Apple into reducing the price.

A five-user “Family” pack for Leopard will cost $249. There is also an Up-To-Date offer, so that customers who bought a new Mac with Tiger on it after 1 October 2007 can upgrade to Leopard for $12.95.

Leopard includes an automated backup system called Time Machine, a virtual desktop feature called Spaces, a Dock-management extension called Stacks and updated versions of several core applications. Plus there’s a new way of viewing multiple open windows on the desktop using a feature similar to iTunes’s “Cover Flow” view.

At the same time as the desktop version of Leopard, Apple will be releasing Leopard Server for $598 for a ten-user licence or $1199 for an unlimited-user licence. Leopard Server includes new features such as a Wiki Server, Podcast Producer and the industry’s first commercial CalDAV server for collaborative calendaring applications.

Check out Australian Macworld’s 12.2007 issue for more information about getting started with the new system.

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