RUMOR: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to feature virtualization, ‘living interface elements’ and more

“In recent weeks, the core feature set and low-level changes to the Mac OS X codebase have been firmed up in preparation for focused efforts to produce a ‘WWDC Preview’ release in early August to be shared with developers in attendance of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (Aug. 7-11),” Mac OS Rumors reports. “A lot of ambitious ideas — like the use of a BitTorrent bandwidth-sharing reward system to alleviate some of Apple’s massive use of Internet bandwidth for the iTunes Store, Software Updates, et cetera — that didn’t make the cut in previous versions are being considered very seriously as part of the very ambitious Leopard feature set.”

“Apple is soon to introduce its ‘Mac Pro’ line, which will sport Intel’s ‘Conroe’ desktop Core 2 Extreme processors with up to two four-core processors for a total of eight CPUs. Making good use of all those resources and avoiding current problems where one core may run at a significantly higher temperature than all the others, causing potential crashes and other problems down the line….is a huge challenge. Leopard is being focused like a laser beam on that task and the results will be very impressive,” MOSR reports. “Leopard will introdce a lot more moving, animated, flowing and interactive ‘living interface elements’ to the Mac experience… For example, switching between applications will now give a much more obvious and graphically rich interface cue so that even novice Switchers will recognize what is occuring without having to look at the Dock, Menubar, et cetera for feedback. It will be very obvious as the interface moves and flows.”

“Simultaneous (e.g. not dual-boot) operating system virtualization technology derived from quiet efforts in this area at Apple over the past five years will allow Leopard owners to run OS X, Windows, Linux, Solaris and other operating systems simultaneously with near-native performance and no need for third party software,” MOSR reports.

Much more in the full article, including a bit about Apple’s forthcoming ‘Mac Pro’ line decked out with with Intel ‘Conroe’ Core 2 Extreme processors with dual four-core processors for a total of eight CPUs,here.

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


  1. Mac OS Rumors–notoriously–just makes stuff up. The article is a combination of semi-informed guesswork and outright ridiculousness, and it’s a waste of time to page through it.

    The site’s owner just checks in once every few months with a carefully hedged, sententious, albeit (by the standards of marginal rumor sites) beautifully written set of predictions in order to squeeze a little more revenue out of his (pretty marginal) advertisers.

    But since he seems to have no actual informants at Apple, any predictions that are either (a) unique to Mac OS Rumors or (b) at all interesting invariably fail to come true.

    Just so you know.

  2. Oh great, all those “animations” when doing routine windowing tasks is one of my biggest pet peeves with Windows Vista. I certainly hope Apple doesn’t fall back into the “over-the-top” eye candy trap with Leopard. Mac OS X should be more elegant, not more “flashy” (i. e., crass and gaudy).

  3. Things that are not unique to this story, and are almost certainly true, if unexciting:
    1. WWDC will feature a Leopard preview and news of Conroe-based Mac Pros
    2. The OS will take better account of the Core processors on which it is designed to run
    3. A move away from brushed metal interface elements
    4. Changes of some unspecified sort to the kernel
    5. A new version number for QuickTime
    6. Parallels-style running of multiple OSes simultaneously

    Things that are unique to this story (i.e., made up and guessed at), and will only come true, if they do, by chance:
    1. Spotlight audio searching (almost certainly too buggy to ship at current processing speeds without driving users to self-destructive acts, though I’m sure it has been tested)
    2. iSight gestures (people hate having their computers watching them all the time, and a huge proportion of Macs don’t have iSights)
    3. Home on iPod (has long been ready, but degrades iPod hard drives quickly and takes more space than most people actually have available on their iPods; the reasons for including it in Leopard would have to be not technical but philosophical, and by deciding not to ship it originally, Apple made a call that seems unlikely to be reversed with much higher-capacity flash-based iPods)

    Things that are unique to this story (i.e., made up and guessed at ), and will definitely not come true:
    1. Incorporating a version of BitTorrent part of the OS, or into QuickTime
    2. Busier transitions when switching between applications (which would go against Apple’s design approach to switching applications since the demise of MultiFinder)
    3. QuickTime on Linux!

  4. It’s been proven that MacOSRumors is pure fiction. Sometimes they guess right, ’cause a broken clock is correct twice a day.

    Honestly, the best one was a fabricated article about their testing out new Powermacs. They then altered the story throughout the day to fix the blatant lies, and when all was said and done, their original fiction was closest to reality.

    They are the Weekly World News of the mac world.

  5. Will Leopard still be optimized for the PowerPC?

    There’s still a very large installed base of PowerPC Macs that’ll need to be supported. One wonders if Apple will herd these potential cash cows to upgrade to Intel based Macs by releasing less optimized versions of OS X for PPC.

  6. Actually, rereading this, it sounds like a joke– a vague reference to all the splashy crap from Vista. In other words, OS X is going to copy Vista.

    As suggested by another poster, it’s a stunt.

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