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Leopard, one year later

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A year ago and after a delay of several months, Mac OS XLeopard was released worldwide and many events were held to allow fans of the brand to appropriate the new version of the Apple operating system.

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Some users received with open arms the more than 300 improvements that Leopard included, but at the same time others complained about the little innovation that the update presented despite the delay caused by the development of the iPhone. Now, after a year with Leopard on our macs, it’s time to reflect on whether this Mac OS X has really improved our user experience over Tiger.

My short answer is yes . My long answer is yes, with a but .

When Leopard came out in version 10.5.0, many (including me), found the new features like Spaces a good step forward, as well as an improvement in the overall system performance . However, some things like the behaviour of the Dock stacks and the impossibility to remove the transparency of the top bar of the system irritated some people, and even made third parties develop their own solutions.

Little by little, with updates to 10.5.1 and consecutive updates to the current 10.5.5 (and waiting for 10.5.6), these small errors have been fixed . As users requested, Apple was adding more and more features to the system, perfecting it a bit more.

And it’s precisely this behavior that has made many people view Mac OS X Leopard as a hastily made, badly made operating system . These people, moreover, argue their opinion with the fact that in Cupertino, right now, they are focused on developing the next major system update, Snow Leopard, which is scheduled for release in the summer months next year (a little less than the two years between updates that we are used to from Apple).

And precisely speaking about Snow Leopard, I have already heard some people who consider that this is the real Leopard, the system that Apple wanted to launch a year ago but, due to the iPhone, they couldn’t do it in time, leaving Snow Leopard as a kind of “Mac OS X Leopard SP1” .

My personal opinion is not so pessimistic. Leopard is a great operating system and, looking at the alternatives, I would never let go. I only need to use some Windows (in any of its versions) or some Linux distribution to realize all the advantages that Mac OS X brings to me . However, I think Leopard hasn’t finished getting that ” is like having a new mac ” effect that Jaguar, Panther and Tiger got in the past.

So, I’m looking forward to the release of Snow Leopard, and how Apple is carrying out its goal of sacrificing new features in exchange for improving those already present in Leopard . And so far, seeing the features that are known at the moment, it seems that they are succeeding.