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WWDC Leopard beta seed image gallery

While iPhone madness is reaching crescendo, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard anticipation is at an all-time low. Justified or not? Have a look at the image gallery of the beta handed out to developers at WWDC last week over at Think Secret. Hurry over; Apple's lawyers are probably drafting a cease and desist letter claiming copyright over Leopard's looks as we speak. 老域名出售

The first picture shows exactly how bad the new translucent menu bar looks. Come on, Apple, if the menu bar is so unsightly, why not make it auto-hide, like the dock? I'm reserving judgment on the new sidebar stolen borrowed from iTunes; with the collapsing triangles, it looks useful, and I just might get used to the look. About looks: is it just me or is Apple in love with cold, subdued colors these days? The iTunes icon would look so much better in red than it does in blue.

The nature section in the included desktop pictures shows no less than four new backgrounds over the ones in Tiger, so clearly, Apple is putting the extra time it has given itself to work on Leopard to good use. I wonder if the new zebra background is indicative of a new product naming convention.

The screen saver can now display the time and count down from three before locking the screen. There seems to be some actual innovation in the Spaces space, though. For instance, applications can be tied to a specific Space. It looks like two displays are treated as a single Space, however. I would have loved moving stuff from one display to the other easily using Spaces.

.Mac now has a Back To My Mac pane, which makes it possible to easily share screens or files on remote Macs or even Windows machines. When Steve Jobs demoed this in his keynote last week, I immediately wondered about the security implications. Could we have another IPv6 firewalling publicity debacle on our hands? I'm not that impressed with BTMM, as it basically looks like just a nice, $99-a-year wrapper around the Wide Area Bonjour service that already leads a hidden and not-so-easy-to-configure life in Tiger. I wonder if registering shares using dynamic DNS rather than paying for .Mac will provide the same functionality in Leopard.

The new network preference pane looks nice, and in the accounts pane, it's now possible to create admin, standard, parental control-managed, and sharing-only users. Astonishingly, the Windows drivers for Boot Camp are now included on the Leopard DVD itself and don't have to be burned to CD anymore.

Good thing Steve kept a lid on these secret features for a year; if Microsoft had copied any of it, Apple would have been in deep trouble.


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