Apple patent apps provide glimpses of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard’s ‘Chardonnay’ Finder, Spotlight?

“Some Apple patents for Spotlight have recently surfaced and they show sides of the Finder we haven’t seen before. Apple is expected to release the next version of OS X – 10.5 ‘Leopard’ by the end of 2006 or early 2007. Little information has leaked about Leopard but rumours suggest that the Finder of OS X 10.5 (code named ‘Chardonnay’) is going to depend heavily on Spotlight (Apple’s metadata and search tool),” hrmpf.com reports.

Improvements to the Finder include:
• New Spotlight User Interface
• Hierarchical Nested “Smart Folders”
• (More) Human Readable Search Queries
• better metadata creation- OCR, voice recognition, analysis of images etc.

More info and images form the patent apps are here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David” for the heads up.]

See also hrmpf.com’s related article “Apple, Chardonnay, Leopard and Spotlight” here.

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40 Comments

  1. I wonder what minimum specs will be? My hunch is the G3 will not be supported, probably G4 and higher, 1 ghz recommended or there abouts. This will probably be the last OS for the G4, 10.6 probably G5 and Intel only.

  2. As long as it’s not a 3D Finder. I want a 2-mouse interface, or a multiple-touch interface. I’ll find files by pulling, twisting, pointing and clicking until the Finder gives up its secrets.

    Then I want to browse the UNIX file system that’s hidden from the Finder.

  3. Are these images from an actual patent application? If so, on the final few slides of the flickr gallery, where they show example barcodes (of an OCR type of metadata creation) there is a barcode translated into: “touchscreen iPod”. Is this some kind of leak or just a fanciful example?

  4. Maybe it is the fact that I have been using Macs since the OS 7 days and am use to the way I work, but I have really never used Spotlight. I don’t use Smart folders (except in iTunes and Mail). I still make folders and keep my machine organized. And as thus, Spotlight does nothing for me. I can access data faster through the Finder than Spotlight could ever find it; because I know where everything is.

    For me to change the way I deal with my files, the new Finder needs to reinvent the way we deal with data. Spotlight isn’t it. It is just a new slant on an old paradigm. Lets think out of the box. But if not, I am content on how I currently organize my machine. I am use to it and it works… And works a lot better with Path Finder.

  5. “I wonder what minimum specs will be? My hunch is the G3 will not be supported, probably G4 and higher, 1 ghz recommended or there abouts. This will probably be the last OS for the G4, 10.6 probably G5 and Intel only.”

    I think I know some powerbook users that would be a little miffed if the laptop they bought in 2004/5 won’t support the 2007/8 operating system- not to mention anyone who has bought an iBook or eMac recently.

    There would be no reason to phase out the G4 chip that quickly seeing as how they are *still* selling G4 machines. I would be surprised not to see G4 support stick around until at least 10.7, if not 10.8. I don’t really see how there would be a big advantage to dropping it.

    Also, why would the performance requirements increase so much dramatically? Just to phase out people using older PPC hardware to try and get them on the intel platform? Seems a bit early for that.

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