Leopard (version 10.5.6) is Apple’s sixth major operating system release, and the last version of the Mac OS which will function on non-Intel powered machines. Leopard features many new visual improvements over its predecessors, but looking pretty isn’t the only thing we love about it.
Leopard boasts an impressive ~300 new features, but there are a few that really stand out. The Time Machine feature allows users to easily back up all of their data to a separate hard-drive, and set scheduled updates so that the backed-up data will always be relatively recent. With digital data becoming increasingly central to business operations, it’s important for professionals to be able to back up their data easily, and Time Machine delivers spectacularly in this regard; Apple has applied its distinct user-friendliness to data recovery, we just wonder why no one thought of it sooner. Further, Time Machine isn’t just a standard back-up, users can actually pick any previous date and restore their computer to that exact state!
Our other favorite feature would have to be Boot Camp, which enables Leopard users to install alternative operating systems, such as Windows XP or Vista, effectively solving the long-standing issue of Windows/Mac software incompatibilities. Just bought a new program, only to find that it isn’t compatible with Mac OS? No problem, Just boot up Windows XP!
Other features such as Dashboard, iChat, and Spaces only serve to make Leopard that much more appealing. The interface is very clean, uncluttered, and of course, user-friendly, characteristics which have come to distinguish Apple products.
Offering a fluid and friendly interface, and a wealth of powerful tools (especially for audio/video manipulation), Leopard is sure to excite both the novice and advanced user.
At about $184, Leopard’s price tag is on par with those set by Microsoft for their Windows operating systems. It’s a must-have for any Mac user whose machine won’t support Snow Leopard (v10.6), which requires an Intel processor. With the wealth of powerful and user-friendly features available, we consider Leopard a fantastic purchase.