WWDC ’07: Jobs Outlines Leopard Features

Gives us just 10 of an apparent '300'.

It wouldn’t be WWDC if there wasn’t a low down on the latest Mac OS…

He perhaps stopped short of giving away the whole caboodle, but Steve Jobs didn’t leave much to the imagination when he talked yesterday about Leopard. 10 key features were outlined by the man who loves to say ‘Boom’ and gesticulate more than is healthy, let’s run through them.

*The new desktop. While describing it as ”new” is probably stretching it, Leopard does have a redesigned menu bar and dock which adapt to your wallpaper and it has ‘Stacks’ – a grouping feature (think downloads, updates, etc) to keep things more tightly organised.

*Finder has iTunes-esque functionality with the ability to save common searches like playlists and a Cover Flow style optional display for results. It is also now possible to search over networks.

*’Quick Look’ – Adds previews for a range of document types (Word, Excel, PDF, etc) with the ability to gain more through plug-ins. A little, dare I say it, Vistaery…?

*64bit. This is a biggie. Leopard will run in this long-overdue format yet also run in a backwards compatible 32bit mode for those looking to upgrade older machines. Clever.

*Core Animation, err… animation programme for new-comers. Make stuff move.

*New Boot Camp. Integrated directly into Leopard and removes the need to burn drivers to a separate CD.

*Spaces – user configurable, able to run in multiple instances.

*Additional Dashboard widgets. Best example is a scissor button which enables a web page to be made into a widget (yes, he’s running a bit thin here)

*iChat gains tabbed chats (use Messenger Plus! Live freeware if you want the same effect for MSN in Windows), Quick Look integration, AAC employed for audio and PhotoBooth effects

*Time Machine – automated backup with the ability to restore a computer to an earlier time (yes: XP/Vista) and integrated with Quick Look .

In typical Jobsian fashion Steve J describes these highlights as only 10 of 300 new features. You’ll note some of the 10 above aren’t exactly revolutionary so bug fixes and extensions are sure to make up a large number of the remaining 290. That said: Vista or Leopard? It’s still an easy choice…

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