Will Apple’s Leopard Leap Ahead?
The very appropriately named Leopard is fast approaching. And just as Leopard sounds like “leap ahead”, the expectation is that with 10.5, OS X will really leap ahead of Windows, including Vista. By all reports, Vista should bring Windows up somewhere near Tiger’s standard. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Apple has another cat to let out of the bag at the same time as Vista.
Unlike the previous iterations of OS X, which produced some noticeable advances, Leopard may produce some revolutionary advances. Strip away the eye candy from Tiger such as Expose and Dashboard, and Spotlight is the only revolutionary advancement since the original OS X. (Some people might like to argue for things like CoreImage, CoreVideo and some other under the hood stuff.)
Some of the rumors re: Leopard improvements could be considered evolutionary. MacRumors provides a list of some of these such as: enhancements to Finder and Spotlight; integrated geographical mapping; collaborative editing; and resolution independence. Checkout the MacRumors Leopard page for more info on each of those.
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