As we told you yesterday, Apple has distributed the build 9A500n from Leopard through Software Update instead of forcing a new installation as it had been doing until now. An interesting move that may seek to speed up the debugging process with a view to having a release candidate as soon as possible. In fact, the new beta activates the option to download important updates in the background of Software Update and in the description provided by Apple reports that new features of this application are being tested .
But what’s new in Mac OS X Leopard 9A500n besides the update system? At first glance, none except that when we deploy a Stack, the Dock doesn’t lock up like in previous versions and continues to expand in the areas where we move the mouse.
Of course, there are still important changes internally and the 505 MB update seems to have improved the overall system stability , activated Core Image’s hardware acceleration and generated a display problem with the alpha channel of the new 512×512 pixel icons.
Leopard is still feeling green with two months left until its planned release, but I’m quite hopeful that from now on we’ll see many more updates as well as some big last minute surprises. Apple is playing a lot with the new version of Mac OS X now that everyone is watching the iPhone boom. It’s not enough that it’s something better than Windows Vista, they need something revolutionary, and if Time Machime, Quick Look and all that Core Animation promises to offer already have us with our mouths watering, wait for our friend Steve’s One more thing.