Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Build 9A500n

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has seeded a new version of Mac OS X Leopard (9A500n) to developers today.

    The latest update arrived through Mac OS X's built in Software Update and reportedly improves stability and provides general fixes. It is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard 9A499. Previous seeds have introduced visual tweaks. There have been no reports yet about any visual enhancements in the latest build.

    Apple recently requested feedback on the previous build (9A499) to all developers. The final consumer release of Mac OS X Leopard is due in October.

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  2. macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2006
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2007
    Went over to the InsanelyMac forums and a user there posted that it's much more stable and "WAAAY faster". Woohoo!
  4. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I'm getting this gut feeling you're not going to have to wait till October.
  5. macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    me two! :)

    let's hope this is a sign of it being right on schedule ;)
  6. macrumors 603

    Dec 11, 2006
  7. macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hobart, Australia
    Man, I wish it could come out sooner and I hope the menubar transparency is controlled by a toggle somewhere in the preferences. Though, maybe it'll grow on me.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2003
    do we have any more details about this? Is there a changelog?
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2003
    I don't mean to be negative, but I suspect 10.5 is not the upgrade Steve was hoping for.

    I think the fall of Vista combined with the resource constraints of iPhone, et al., has pushed Apple to do a less ambitious upgrade.

    I worry that they are looking for developer feedback at this stage. (not just bug reporting) I worry that the state of development is still far off. Bugs are everywhere.

    And this is supposed to be released in late October?

    Beyond 10.5, I would love to see some more innovation from Apple. e.g. Where is the ability to use your Mac as a virtual headset for your iPhone. This one little feature could be killer...
  10. macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    I'm getting the same gut feeling.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2003
    London, UK
    Glad to see that things are getting fixed, hope the launch in October goes well. Should be getting a new Mac early next year methinks, after a couple of point releases.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    I have a feeling that everyone will have to wait until October still. Maybe not till the end....but at this point I don't think Steve wants this release to have ANY major problems. After the delay, I think everyone at Apple would rather have a very stable, fast OS....than a buggy release filled with Vista-like problems.

    I think the other poster nailed it.....I think Apple probably has tailored back on the overall feature set to make sure they get a fast and stable release out.

    Granted....Leopard it chalk full of new goodies.

    Just my thoughts. Trust me....I can't wait, and would love to be wrong!

  13. macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    One build closer to the final release. :)

    But Apple, take as much time as you need to make Leopard fully featured and stable. :apple:
  14. macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    true, but if Leopard is delayed again, there better be some new hardware instead (with a leopard voucher)
  15. macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    I find it extremely how members here from what I've only seen bash Vista and call it a failure. I have both a PC and a Mac, both Vista and Tiger, but some of yo talk like cults.

    I hope Leopard comes out in October, and I extremely hope that ugly menu bar gets fixed, that transparency looks AWFUL!!!!

    But that's the way you compete with your competitor though, right?... you copy off them.

    I don't want to hear all that Microsoft copied first crap, copying Microsoft back is twice as worse.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2007
    Even if they have to wait to release a couple of those "secret" options that no one knows about 6 months from now. I'd be content with what we've seen so far stable! The rest can be added in later. Starting to sound good
  17. macrumors regular

    May 24, 2005
    Shreveport, LA
    Anyone know if this shows up in the 9a466 build, or will 9a499 be required? I just reinstalled from WWDC disc and was curious if another install will be needed.
  18. macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2007
    I disagree. It will take 4-6 weeks from going gold to shipping, because of distribution issues (pressing a few million DVDs, packaging, shipping to stores pre-launch, etc.) That means that Leopard would be going gold in mid- to late- September for a late October launch.

    Assuming that the "n" designation and the fact that it's only 1 build number higher means that it's the first RC, we'll get another build by next Friday, and the Gold version download to ADC by Sept. 14th. My money is on a launch on October 16th or 23rd.
  19. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    If you were a developer you could download 9a499.
  20. macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2006
    Houston, TX

    "...wake me up when september ends"
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2007
    requires 9a499
  22. macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I assumed the secret features were the ones unveiled at WWDC. Do people think Apple is keeping secrets even from the developers until the day of release?
  23. macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2006
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jul 19, 2002
    31st... :)

    and... btw, are any of the ppl posting here so far, even used the leopard betas? It aint IMHO coming out till the very last second they can spare. Even if the API's are frozen, and mostly bug fixed, the OS as a whole has to be stress tested, otherwise expect 10.5.1 to come out the day of launch....
  25. macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2007
    As much as I dislike Green Day, that's quite a funny correlation...

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