RUMOR: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard features revealed

“My Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with Apple precludes me from revealing proprietary detail, but because most, if not all, of this is posted elsewhere and is commonly available, I have no problems with confirming the following,” “technosaints” writes on the OSx86 Project Forum.

Some highlights of “technosaints” long list:
• During the Leopard install, you are given the option to create specific partitioning to accommodate M$ Vista and Linux. Reformatting your HD is not required. Depending on your processor and RAM, all OS’s can run simultaneously & independently. A (minimum) 150 GB HD is required (250 GB is recommended), and 2 GB RAM (minimum) should you wish to run more than one OS. Dual processors are required for optimum performance, though this may change in 10.5.1 or 10.5.2.
• The Dock will be much different. One new feature is that as icons are added, they will automatically migrate/expand around the screen as needed (or, you can reduce the size of the icons as presently done). Also, multiple docks are an option as is the amount of “bounce” desired in those dock apps launching or needing your attention. There is an accompanying bounce sound, a boing-boing sort of thing.
• Hooks are built-in to support an Apple PDA, but I can say no more.
• You can have 3 ‘Finder’ windows open simultaneously, much like having 3 displays, all running different applications or OS’s. If networked, any 3 computers can be displayed. Depending on the function/application, you can even Drag & Drop between displays.
• Mail, Address Book, iCal, iSight, and iChat will become one integrated application, much like Entourage (but better).
• An across the board speed increase of 35 – 40%.
• Sherlock has been eliminated (use Widgets instead).
• Numerous (other) bug fixes, including a totally rewritten Spotlight.

“Leopard will be previewed in June at the WWDC and released in early November,” “technosaints” writes. However, Apple is scheduled to hold World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 2006) in August, not June.

Much more in the full OSx86 Project Forum post here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “gwm” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: This a post from a forum and a RUMOR. Take it with many grains of salt.

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  1. Taking this with a grain of salt is an understatement. I’d say this is totally fake!

    1. What business reason would Apple allow you to dual boot? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to make customers pay extra to have this happen? Reasoning: the support costs for this could be huge, and the functionality goes against their concept of “easy to use”.

    2. Why would you want a dock to go around the screen – this hasn’t been seen in any Linux distributions so I doubt it’ll happen.

    3. PDA won’t happen when Palm can barely stay afloat, and they had the market basically sewn up.

    4. You can do this with Finder today! Woohoo!

    5. Might happen, but why would you add iSight?

    6. I take performance increase statistics with a grain of salt until proven otherwise.

    7. Sherlock’s been useless since 10.4 came out. Has anyone tried using it recently? Half the functionality just doesn’t work anymore, so nothing new there.

    8. Why rewrite Spotlight? It works, it’s faster than anything else similar to it, so I highly doubt it. It’s probably the reason we don’t have Google Toolbar.

    Rumor? Not!

  2. Ok half of that makes no sense to me but I don’t want all those apps combined into one…
    I only use Mail and occasionally iCal, why combine all the others to create a slower app loading things I don’t use?

    PS Apple should release a version of Journler, that app rocks.

  3. I have a hard time believing this stuff, not because it is’nt possible (they would be easy for Apple), or undesirable (in fact, these features would be absolutely fantastic). Rather, because of that oppening statement:

    “My Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with Apple precludes me from revealing proprietary detail, but because most, if not all, of this is posted elsewhere and is commonly available, I have no problems with confirming the following,”

    First, why would OSx86 have an NDA with Apple? And NDA allows this?
    And where exactly was all this “posted elsewhere” stuff?

    While I hope Leopard gets these nifty additions, I just can’t believe the source of the rumor. Just my take.

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