Mossberg reviews Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard: ‘better and faster than Windows Vista’

There are several reasons why Apple Macs are taking market share from Microsoft Windows PCs, “including the security problems in the dominant Windows platform from Microsoft; spillover from Apple’s blistering success with its iPod music players; the fact that Macs can now run Windows programs; and Apple’s highly successful chain of company-owned retail stores,” Walter S. Mossberg reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“But another key factor has been the Mac operating system, called OS X, which came out in 2001. It has proved to be as powerful and versatile for mainstream consumers as Windows, yet easier to use and more secure. And Apple has upgraded OS X far more rapidly than Microsoft Inc. has upgraded Windows, bringing out major new releases roughly every 18 months, while Microsoft struggled for more than five years to produce the latest Windows iteration, Vista, which came out in January,” Mossberg reports.

“On Friday evening, Apple will release yet another new version of OS X, called Leopard, to replace the current version, known as Tiger. I’ve been testing Leopard, and while it is an evolutionary, not a revolutionary, release, I believe it builds on Apple’s quality advantage over Windows. In my view, Leopard is better and faster than Vista, with a set of new features that make Macs even easier to use,” Mossberg reports.

“Every piece of software and hardware I tried on two Leopard-equipped Macs — a loaned laptop from Apple and my own upgraded iMac — worked fine, exhibiting none of the compatibility problems that continue to plague Vista. My old Hewlett-Packard inkjet printer, for which Vista lacks the proper software, worked instantly in Leopard, even over the network. And, unlike with Vista, it was able to print on both sides of the page. I popped my old Verizon cellphone modem card into the test Leopard laptop and it worked, too, with no software installation or tweaking,” Mossberg reports.

“Leopard isn’t a must-have for current Mac owners, but it adds a lot of value. For new Mac buyers, it makes switching even more attractive,” Mossberg reports.

Mossberg’s video review:

Full article here.

“Better and faster than Windows Vista” isn’t saying much. That’s like saying any new car is better than a recently Earl Scheib’ed Yugo. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger — and, for that matter, Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, and even Mac OS X 10.1 Puma — are already better and faster than Vista.

Still, overall, it’s a nice review from Mossberg who, in saying that Leopard isn’t a “must-have” for current Mac owners, is really praising the quality of Mac OS X Tiger.

Regardless of Uncle Walt’s opinion, Leopard is most certainly a “must have” for us as we strongly believe that it adds far more than US$129 worth of value to our Macs.


  1. “Many thought that OS 9 was better and faster than Cheetah.”
    Does that mean Vista equals to 10.0 and the next iteration of Vista would equal to 10.1? Which means PC users must wait for the next update?

    Too bad it wont come out until 2012.

  2. MDN, I think, misses the analogy train here.

    Vista isn’t a Yugo – it’s not THAT bad.

    Think of Vista as an Infiniti luxury sedan. It looks great, but under the hood, it’s a Hyundai.

    OS-X is more like an Acura or a Lexus. They look great, and they perform spectacularly.

  3. It’s always been problematic that the company is called Apple, but the computers are called Macs. Not MACs or M.A.C.s, or Apples, or Apple Macs, or Apple MACs. It even sounds weird when you say “Apple Macs,” although technically it may be true, similar to “Honda Civic.” You can call a Civic a Honda, but that’s being broad, but doesn’t quite work with a Mac, unless you want to sound like a hick or tard.

    Zune Tang seems to fit this profile, along with the small minority who refuse to open their eyes about anything. If they can’t get the name right, then there’s no hope.

  4. While I think 10.2 is at least on par with Vista, I’ve got to disagree with MDN saying that 10.1 was better. 10.0 and 10.1 were really fairly terrible. Version 10.2 was the first truly usable iteration of OS X in my opinion, and the one that made me switch. Tiger is fantastic, though. After using 10.4 for so long now, I find myself hamstrung whenever trying to use a computer without spotlight.

  5. Just think, Microsoft is saying that the next release of Windows will be in 2010, yes 2010 and will be named Windows 7. That means easily 2011, could you image waiting 3 or 4 years for an update to your operating system. What a sad state of affairs. IT people are getting really nervous with the amount of MAC sales this quarter, and it only gets worse with the Christmas quarter underway. Just watch MAC sales top 3 million, iPod sales top 20 million (again, maybe depends on iPhone) and iPhone sales to top 3 million this quarter.

    That’s my shot, you read here first 3-20-3

    MAC’s 4.2 Billion
    iPod’s 4.0 Billion
    iPhone’s 1.3 Billion
    Software, iTunes, ect 800 million
    Total 10.3 billion

    WDN word, I kid you not “fiscal” how creepy

  6. @ Bill in Florida,
    The speed increase of the Finder, apps, app launch times, and the GUI in general should be enough for you. Developers are saying that Leopard is noticeably faster than Tiger on any supported machine.

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