The official Leopard release date, according to ZDNet, is nine days away. The sixth version of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.5, will be available at 6 p.m. local time on Oct. 26 at Apple stores and resellers. Leopard Server will also be available Oct. 26.
The Buffalo News reports Apple is taking pre-orders online. The 300-plus new features Leopard boasts include Time Machine, which allows users to flip through various versions of a file, and Boot Camp, with which users can install Microsoft Windows on Intel-based Macs. (Boot Camp does not, however, allow Windows to run simultaneously with Leopard on the same machine, the story says.)
A Gartner analyst told The Buffalo News the changes to OS X are what he sees as "incremental upgrades." He did applaud Apple, however, for making the upgrade process easy and the changes visible to users.
According to Apple's Web site, OS X 10.5 is available for $129. A 10-client server version of the OS ships for $499.