Chicago Tribune reviews Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard: Further proof that computing needn’t be stressful

“Apple’s new operating system upgrade, called Leopard, continues to make Mac computers the easiest and most enjoyable to use,” Eric Benderoff reports for The Chicago Tribune.

“If you own a Mac, you’ll want Leopard. If you’re thinking of giving Apple computers a try, Leopard is further proof that personal computing needn’t be filled with stress,” Benderoff reports.

“In the past, some Mac OS upgrades could be skipped. The last one, dubbed Tiger, had nice touches, including Dashboard. (That’s a platform for little programs, dubbed widgets, that make computing a bit more entertaining.) But overall, the Tiger upgrade, by itself, wasn’t the primary reason to get a Mac,” Benderoff reports. “Leopard is.”

“I can tell you this: for $129, Leopard breathes new life into an aging Mac,” Benderoff reports.

Full review here.

44 Comments

  1. Although not yet accessible to the user, resolution independence is something that developers have access to with Leopard. As LCD displays increase pixel density, this silly argument that matte screens are better will become irrelevant. Matte screens intentionally make the image less sharp as a by-product of being less reflective. While this was OK (and may have even made the image look better) when those pixels were large, it will NOT be OK when the pixel size decreases further. When the graininess of the matte finish significantly impacts the possible sharpness of the display, who’s going to want a matte coating. We are at that point now with the most densely pixel’ed laptop displays. As soon as resolution independence becomes common, pixel density will increase rapidly in all LCDs. At that point, no one will want a “fuzzy filter” on their naturally glossy and ultra-sharp displays, just to block out reflections.

  2. @ HG Wells,

    The author responded to the comments in the comments:

    “Thank you everybody for pointing out the Safari mistake. My bad. I have been using Mac’s OS X since it has been available, as well as the Firefox browser. I have never noticed the tabs on Safari as clearly as they have been on Firefox. Nonetheless, an oversight I should not have made. But it is certainly clear to me there are improvements in how Safari operates in Leopard, and that’s the key point to make.

    Eric Benderoff”

  3. I have 10 new al iMacs in my office and I just can’t believe the screen. It’s really reflective. I then went to an Apple store, trying to see if they look better in ‘SET UP ENVIRONMENT’, but they didn’t.

    I agree with Reclaimer, Leopard looks so Windows-like.

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