Finally, finally, finally Apple declared the Gold Master build (the definition of which only a total geek who reads Apple tech blogs like me would know) and announced today that Leopard, its new operating system, will be available for order on October 26. As a person who torments herself daily with the "should I/shouldn't I" debate regarding when to buy a new computer, I wonder if Leopard will finally spurn me to spend the money in my savings account and at long last purchase...the laptop.
I've read some rumors that Apple may also release updates to the MacBook or possibly Mac Pro lines in conjuction with Leopard's release. There is also supposedly an ultraportable Mac (10-11") in the works that may drop by March. Seriously, though, how long do I have to wait to pull the trigger?!? WAAAAH!
Even though I'm slightly weary of the learning curve that accompanies new operating systems, Leopard does tout some cool features:
- Google map integration with Address Book
- Stacked files inside the Dock to reduce desktop clutter
- Wikipedia in the Dictionary
- Scratched Disc Recovery in DVD Player locates and avoids scratched areas of discs
- Ability to connect to a home computer through any Mac that is connected to the internet (this one scares me a bit, but alas)
The feature I most look forward to is Alex, "new English male voice that uses advanced, patented Apple technologies to deliver natural breathing and intonation, even at fast speaking rates." Ooo la la. And of course, the new background options in Photo Booth. (See all *300* new features here.)
For those ready to bite that bulllet right now, you needn't worry about not getting Leopard -- Apple's Up-To-Date Program allows for free upgrades (with a $10 shipping charge.) Lil' Ki, now's the time to walk the WALK and become a Mac gal!