Take a ride in Apple Mac OS X Leopard’s ‘Time Machine’

Apple today previewed Mac OS X Leopard which features a number of new technologies, one of which is called “Time Machine.” With Mac OS X Leopard and Time Machine, can you back up and preserve everything on your Mac automatically plus you can go “back in time” to recover anything you’ve ever backed up.

It’s simple. The first time you attach an external drive to your Mac with Mac OS X Leopard, Time Machine asks if you’d like to back up to that drive. Say “yes” and Time Machine will handle the rest in the background, automatically, so you don’t have to deal with back ups anymore.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs calls Time Machine a “breakthrough feature” that’s just another example of “how Mac OS X leads the industry in operating system innovation.”

In the beginning, Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard makes a complete backup of all the files on your system including:
• system files
• applications
• accounts
• preferences
• music
• photos
• movies
• documents
• and everything else

As you make changes, Time Machine backs up only what changes to minimize the space required on your backup drive. Since backups are stored on your device by date, you can browse through your entire system as it appeared on any date. It’s like a “Time Machine” for your Mac (into the past, not the future, of course).

How Mac OS X Leopard’s Time Machine works:

Direct link to the video via YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiMW7DIGwNw

Find out more about Time Machine and other new Mac OS X features via Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard Sneak Peek pages here.

Related articles:
Apple posts Steve Jobs’ WWDC 2006 keynote video – August 07, 2006
Inside Apple Mac OS X Leopard’s ‘Spaces’ – August 07, 2006
Apple previews Mac OS X Leopard featuring Time Machine, Spaces, enhanced Mail & iChat, and more – August 07, 2006


  1. Riley,
    Wanking off to porn while married can develop into a psychotic disassociative disorder. I recommend against it. Stick with only looking at your wife and you will be happier.

  2. It kind of sounds like an improved version of system restore that they have in Win XP…
    The chief difference is that this hopefully doesn’t lock your f#$@ing system up. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue laugh” style=”border:0;” />
    And before you flame me, I’m all for Apple taking the best features of other OS’s. It would be stupid for them NOT to quickly take the best ideas of other companies and improving them. (e.g., two button mouse)
    I have to admit that so far, I am a little underewhelmed. I don’t see a compelling reason to go spend $130.00 to upgrade from Tiger. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

  3. This is going to force the purchase of a few extra GB of drive space. OK, this may be why you’re going to need a TB inside.

    This isn’t the most attractive feature mentioned. My wife will be drooling over Mail until she gets her sweaty hands on it … and iCal, currently not that useful, gets a huge boost here. What really got me, though, was “Spaces” … the Virtual Desktop option. Half the time I barely ‘use’ one screen, the other half …

    As for “Spring” instead of “January”, it’s a bit arbitrary. But it DID crash during the demo – sort of like a Vista demo. There’s no huge rush to get this out. Vista is pretty much competing against Tiger and it would be a good business strategy to manage the hype and viral marketing by having the two come out close enough together as to force a comparison.

  4. Time Machine is an amazing technology, and it’ll be cool to see how it works in person with any application (that supports it).

    – what if you scroll back to a date when the current window doesn’t exist, such as a folder window?
    – is Time Machine transparently supported by any app? What happens if you try to use it with an app that doesn’t support it.

    We need Time Machine support for the clipboard.
    “I copied something an hour ago, what was it?”

    This tech also renders features such as chat logging pointless. Say, you’re chatting with a buddy, and you want to know what you said to him or her last week. Press Time Machine and the current window shows previous conversations as you scroll back in time. I don’t think it works this way, but it’s cool!

  5. clyde,

    They only showed 10 of the features, and probably not the 10 best ones. They specifically said there were some Top Secret features that weren’t going to be shared yet. By the time this is available, you will be ready with your $130. It’s going to be nearly a year yet.


    If you didn’t watch the keynote (I did) Steve mentioned in the Keynote that there are other ‘top secret’ features (he even had a keynote page with a ‘top secret’ stamp) in Leopard that Apple wasn’t ready or cannot show as of now.

    I guess you can’t let Microsoft see everything as of yet.

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