Bringing Up Baby

Posted on June 12, 2007. Filed under: Apple, Software |

Leopard is the new version of the Mac OS. Steve Jobs demonstrated ten of the three hundred new features yesterday at WWDC. I watched his presentation here. Leopard looks great. But it also costs $130.00. I recently purchased a MacBook and I don’t want to upgrade because it’s too expensive. I have a little shit-fit rant to go through about the high prices software companies charge for upgrades.

Basically, I don’t think software companies like Apple should be charging their customers for upgrades to core products like OSX. After all, OSX is built to run exclusively on Apple machines. Basically everyone who uses OSX has already paid Apple for the hardware it runs on. When you charge them for upgrades you’re gouging them unfairly. Of course Apple should be paid for its work. But they already have been. Why do users need to shell out another $130 for what looks to me like a cosmetic upgrade? Here are the ten features:

1. Finder

Looks like iTunes. If it’s truly superior to the old Finder, it should be given to current users of Tiger.

2. Spaces

Allows you to group applications in virtual desktops. Interesting. But not earth shattering.

3, 4. Dock and Desktop

Cosmetic. Now there is a “downloads” folder on the Dock. When you download files form the Internet, they all go to this folder on the Dock. You can do this already by setting preferences in Safari, the only difference is that now the files pop out of the folder. BTW, IBM’s OS2 Warp had a similar feature. Warp came out in

Also, the Title Bar for the active application is more visible. This is a bug fix, not a feature.

Quick look is a way to preview documents before openning them.

5. Time Machine

An attractive skin on top of a backup program. It’s not that difficult to back up a machine these days. Disk space is cheap. Lost of backup programs allow you to look through a backup set as if it were a drive.

6. Movie Widget for Dashboard

Cute. Not exactly rocket science. Cosmetic. And how different is Dashboard frm Microsoft’s “Active Desktop”?

7. 64 Bit Computing

Of interest only to developers. No one else cares.

8. Core Animation

Nice.

9. Boot Camp

Now it’s built-in. Don’t we have enough problems already without running Vista and OSX on the same box?

10. iChat features

Leopard adds a couple of new features to iChat: document sharing, camera effects. I think this is really fun. I’ve never actually used iChat before.

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