Leopard, Apple’s new operating system, broadens Macs’ reach

Robert Dow

Apple Inc.‘s next-generation operating system, Mac OS X “Leopard,” will be available Oct. 26 for $129, and Apple’s online store is taking pre-orders, the company said Tuesday.

Leopard was originally due in June, but Apple said in April that it needed to divert resources so it could launch the much-anticipated iPhone on time. Such product delays are rare for the Cupertino-based company.

Leopard, which the company says will offer more than 300 new features, is the sixth major upgrade Apple has made to Mac OS X since the desktop operating system debuted in 2001.

Leopard features 300 new features along with “BootCamp” which will enable consumers to install Windows on Macs with Intel CPUs. After going several rounds with Vista on our PCs here at JPR HQ, I can’t help but wish there was a Leopard version for PCs.—CRD