Mac OS X Leopard Reviews: NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has seeded the usual technology reviewers with early copies of Mac OS X Leopard for review. The reviews were published tonight. Overall, Leopard is described to be a solid upgrade with only minor bugs encountered in the testing by the reviewers. David Pogue specifically states that he was using the final version of Leopard for a week prior to the review. Compatibility with existing applications is also described as good, and upgrades from existing Tiger installs appeared to go smoothly.

    NYTimes - David Pogue
    • "The most serious misstep in Leopard is its new see-through menus. .... Often, Apple’s snazzy graphics are justifiable because they make the Mac more fun to use. In this case, though, nothing is gained, and much is lost."
    • "Otherwise, the only cause for pause is the usual minor set of 1.0 bugs, which Apple generally fixes with software updates after a major release."
    • "Leopard is powerful, polished and carefully conceived. Happy surprises, and very few disappointments, lie around every corner."

    Wall Street Journal - Walt Mossberg
    • "I did notice a few drawbacks, but they were minor."
    • "In fact, every piece of software and hardware I tried on two Leopard-equipped Macs -- a loaned laptop from Apple and my own upgraded iMac -- worked fine, exhibiting none of the compatibility problems that continue to plague Vista."
    • "Leopard isn't a must-have for current Mac owners, but it adds a lot of value."

    USA Today - Edward Baig
    • "I migrated to Leopard from the last OS X version, Tiger, without pain on a MacBook laptop and my own iMac desktop"

    Apple is launching Mac OS X Leopard on Friday, October 26th at 6 p.m. There have been a few scattered reports that Mac OS X Leopard has already arrived in the hands of some lucky customers today, but no unboxing photos have yet been published or submitted.

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  2. macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    i kinda want to know what they meant when they said that much is lost because of the menu and its graphics...? i thought these were going to be a really cool ideas. wonder what's the problem with all this?
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    In my opinion, I like the see-through menus. I have no idea what Pogue is talkin' about when "much is lost".
  4. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    the titles link to the actual article. he thinks the translucency makes it hard to read.

  5. macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    i guess its just an opinion than but i can't wait for the little things like that
  6. macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2007
    Coruscant, but Boston will do.
    I hate these moron critics that trash the software. Us die hard fans can't wait for this. We all know it won't be a disappointment to us loyal fans. What these critics don't understand is how much it will help us Production Editors with Leopard using 64bit and all 8-cores... Morons. Hate critics who don't know crap.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    Is the transparency worse than how it was in Mac OS 10.0 and 10.1? I didn't really mind the transparency there at all, but any less opacity will probably bother me.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2005
    São Paulo - Brasil
    It's great to hear good things about Leopard. Hope to feel my Mac snappier.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2007
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    "New see-through menus" like the ones in Tiger, or is he talking about the menu bar? Either way, good to see the biggest problem with Leopard is a minor aesthetic difference.
  10. macrumors regular

    May 30, 2002
    Baig completely violating the EULA by installing one copy of Leopard on two Macs in the process... :D
  11. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    He's talking about this I believe. Which exists in Tiger, but perhaps to a lesser degree.

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  12. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    i love the comment on the picture in the NY Times article..someone wasn't paying attention
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    Ah woo woo!! Shamey, shamey! :p

    I wanted to do the same, but my conscience got the best of me. This way, I feel like I've helped Apple enough to where we won't get an activation wizard in the next major OS release. Plus, I have 4 Macs ... and it just wouldn't be ethical.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2003
    Leopard is finally here!

    It's been a long time coming, but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait. :)
  15. macrumors 6502


    Feb 22, 2005
    Philadelphia & Northern California
    people are making this as a huge deal. it's big, but chill out. i am getting it in Dec...
  16. macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
    they seemed to like it :confused:
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2007
    FWIW I have never noticed the translucent menus on the Leopard seeds. The older translucent menu bar was much more translucent but the latest is completely readable and I have desktop images cycling every 5 seconds.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    It doesn't say it was one copy (although it might have been), he just said he installed on both.
  19. macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I find it interesting that Pogue cut off the edge of the Finder that reveals the scroll bars. I wonder if we are going to see something new? ;)
  20. Guest


    Jan 7, 2007
    10.5 should install on any G4!

    I find it unacceptable that Apple would try to stop the install of 10.5 on any G4, or G3 for that matter -- if someone wants to install, let them -- give a warning on requirements, but don't put in roadblocks.

    The big problem is Apple never fully optimizes any hardware, because any gains are taken away by more feature fluff negating improvements. What they should do is allow the user to shut off the fluff, so 10.5 can run just fine on saw a G4 Sawtooth...

  21. macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
    i have to admit i hate walt mossberg. I don't know why exactly. He's so smug. He reminds me of an insect or a bug.
  22. macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007

    Unfortunately I have to disagree with you on this. Remember the iPhone disaster? Apple gave a warning of what might happen and nearly everyone went against their warning and jacked up their iPhone. Now say if installing Leopard on unsupported systems cause a loss of files then there will be some unhappy Mac customers. It's best to block installation rather than deal with lawsuits.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2006
    Well, yeah, imagine reading a book that is translucent... What a dumb idea.

    Watch out what wallpaper you put up!
  24. macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2007
    I'd hate to pop your bubble (and maybe some other people's) but you can click that image and it's just and Apple press image. Nothing new. Sorry.
  25. macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2007
    I have a 933 mhz quicksilver running as my media server. It is older than a sawtooth, and it meets apple's requirements. What are you complaining about?

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