Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard build 9A343 screenshot gallery

“Apple seeded developers last month with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard build 9A343, which remains the most recent and offered a number of improvements over its predecessor, build 9A321,” Think Secret reports.

Think Secret reports, “Thanks to Leopard’s many under-the-hood improvements, users can expect to see signficant gains in performance and responsiveness under Mac OS X 10.5, especially on recent Macs. Window resizing relative to different System Preference Panes, for example, is now instantaneous and completely smooth, without that half-second delay found in previous Mac OS X releases.”

“Sources continue to peg Leopard’s release around the end of March, a date other publications and analysts have also suggested,” Think Secret reports.

Full article and link to screenshot gallery here.


  1. 3 million people trying to get a glimpse of Leopard. Slowed the site to a crawl. Wait ’til its released. WOW-WOW-WOW. Take that MS> ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”angry” style=”border:0;” />

  2. The one thing that impresses me most about each new release of OS X is code efficiency and speed. The fact that you can milk even more performance out of older machines, well you really can’t beat that can you Microslop? Granted, I’m looking forward to some of the features they previewed, and those they kept under wraps and we’ll hopefully see quite soon. But really, in a world where we have seemingly shorter and shorter attention spans (and in some people, fuses), anything that makes things faster on what we have is a big deal. Sorry Microsoft *sarcasm* but it seems this time you really fucked up with Vista. Performance hits, need for new computers, confusing pricing schemes. The only fuckup it seems you haven’t made is selling Vista using your stupid Microsoft point system.

    Ballmer singing *mental scream of agony from me imagining the horror*: If I “only” had a brain.

  3. This site is fond of stating how a “two year old OS” (Tiger) beats Vista, and just wait for Leopard. And I agree. But the unstated implication is that “Leopard” will have two year’s worth of impressive technical advances to allow it to leap ahead once more. We already know a lot of what is in Leopard, and these are clearly nice improvements, but definitely in the “evolutionary” rather than “revolutionary” category – and nothing that shouts out as a revolutionary change after two years of amazing development. Meanwhile the Leopard builds are getting closer and closer to release. Are there still some amazing features to stun us on launch day? Or is this our lot? At what point must the top-secret earth-shattering new features enter the beta tests?

    Answers on a postcard please.

  4. I’ve seen these screenshots and am wary of the Terminal and X11 icons. They look like placeholders or first attempts. Definitely not the style that you would Apple to use. The ‘matrix’ effect in the Terminal app icon looks fishy to me.

  5. @amyhre: You stated “The one thing that impresses me most about each new release of OS X is code efficiency and speed. The fact that you can milk even more performance out of older machines, well you really can’t beat that can you Microslop?”. This actually is a reflection of how Apple are prepared to ship non-optimised code in the initial releases. Anyone who’s used Windows and MacOS on similarly spec’d machines will notice how the MacOS UI, whilst prettier, can be noticeably slower to respond. Particularly with the earlier versions of MacOS X. What stuns me is how Apple are still finding code to optimise in an OS that is now 6 years old…

  6. Looks like Tiger to me. What’s supposed to be so revolutionary? OSX needs a dramatic shift in UI. The tired aqua and eye candy is tired. If Apple is going to shake up Windows, it’s got to be much more than a few new feature sets. To the untrained eye, this looks like a miss by Apple, but I’m sure I’ll be pleasantly surprised (I hope).

  7. @Reality Check:

    ZFS in its self is a quantum leap and can only be decribed as a wet dream for Microsoft. Do you know what ZFS is? Leopard is pretty earth-shattering.

    New products of any kind should get better with each iteration. New versions of OS X have gotten consistently faster on my old 700 MHz iBook. How is this a negative thing? (beta versions are for developers and not meant to run fast, I would imagine there are debugging processes running and so on…to compare beta software to a final release, in terms of speed, is just ignorant.)

    I’m not sure where you are coming from with your weird comments.

    Where with MS, you must consistently upgrade hardware to run new public release OSes.

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