WWDC: Leopard Features? Xserves and Mac Pros?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As WWDC 2006 approaches, rumors continue to appear about what we could see at the developer's conference.

    MacOSXRumors claims to have reliable information about Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) which will be demoed at the expo.

    Previous rumors from the rumor site claimed collaborative features, and virtualization support. This time, the site claims that Leopard will incorporate virtual desktops, improved file syncing, and improved spotlight performance.

    Meanwhile, an unconfirmed Page 2 report claims that the Intel Xeon (Woodcrest) will find its way into Apple's new Xserve and top-of-the-line Mac Pro. Meanwhile, the lower-end Mac Pros will use the recently released Core 2 Duo (Conroe) chips. Other hints include a Merom update to the current line and new Leopard features, including some 3d effects.

    WWDC kicks off on August 7th, 2006 with Steve Jobs providing the Keynote address.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Core 2 Duos in the MacBook Pros!!! Come on you know you want to damnit....

    Also what's this Im hearing about 3-D effects in Leopard?
  3. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2004
    Tallahassee, FL
    i seriously effing hope it's more than improvements to file sync'ing, spotlight, and virtual desktops. that's pathetic. we need a revolutionary OS revision.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    Whatever are you talking about? Innovations such as Automator have changed my life. Food taste better. Music sounds better. The wife wants sex all the time now (Im not even married!!)
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2002
    No Woodcrest arcoss the board in the Mac Pros? BOO HOO!!! I hope the new monitor rumor is true. I am eyeing up a nice 23" monitor to go along with my new (Woodcrest based?) Mac Pro.
  6. macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    "Revolutionary" was the switch from OS 9 to OS X. It's unrealistic to expect that for 10.5.

    But I agree, I'm hoping for more in terms of UI enhancement and consistencey, along with increased functionality in the OS and it's native apps.
  7. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Cuidad de México
    A Conroe is fine too? If we get a nice lower priced Conroe tower. I have a weird feeling we're not going to see the Quad G5 go away yet.
  8. macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2006
    pretty please merom in MBPs?
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2003
    Virtual desktops

    Apple's never shown any signs of being keen on Virtual Desktops so I'm not sure where that's coming from, especially as the "Hide/show" feature of NEXTSTEP that ended up in OS X is, arguably, slightly more useful anyway.

    If they do have it, I hope it's like the Amiga's screens, with desktops opening and closing automatically rather than being permanently open. They need to be self-managing, and designed to make computing easier to understand. Traditional "multiple desktops" are a powerful feature, but I don't think they aid understandability.
  10. macrumors regular

    May 6, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Here's hoping for Core 2 Duo iMac's, MacBook (Pro and non-pro). The battery saving/performance qualities of the Core 2 Duo are really exciting :D

    As for Leopard 10.5, I hope there's some major advancements in the Finder, i.e. better and more preview options. And as for Spotlight, there's definitely a lot of room for growth, i.e. internet history ala Google Desktop.

    I really like what Eric Patterson did with the Faux Leopard screenshot contest, see here: http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/apple/ap...ontest-ends-in-multiple-fanboygasm-190146.php
  11. macrumors 68030

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    Yeah, I have the same feeling. I like virtual desktops myself, but they're going to be hard to make intuitive.

    I thought I'd heard something about Apple Remote being integrated into Leopard-- can't remember where though... Maybe they're getting the two concepts confused? Maybe I am?
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    I was just going to say the EXACT same thing! You said it perfectly, whenpaulsparks! That's right, I don't want to see Steve Jobs demo some new Spotlight/Sherlock. I want to see revolutionary, fricken awsome, Vista-crushing, earth shaking features, a totally revamped and polished GUI, Enterprise features, etc. Come on Apple! Don't dissapoint me!
  13. macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2006
    actually screw merom in MBPs. I want a new enclosure AND merom. Somehow fit a DL superdrive in there.

    and some kewl new stuff. that way you can just put core 2 duo chips in everything else.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2006
    Canader eh
    I don't understand why you guys think that the Conroe isn't good enough for the 'Mac Pros'. The Conroe is an exceptionally robust processor. The lab I work in just received a Conroe powered workstation and it is doing wonders for us. Although I plan on buying a Quad 'Mac Pro', I'll be pushing the system to its limits in calculations&computations that run for days. I highly doubt most Mac Pro users would want to pay for Woodcrest when all they need is Conroe.
  15. macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2006
    I doubt there will be a silver bullet feature that will blow away vista, but overall improvements will take OS X to the next level.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2006
    Salt Lake City
    More integration of the remote into the OS would be cool, if that's true. Leave it to Apple (or Nintendo, I suppose) to configure an ordinary remote to function in a previously unexpected manner. If Apple could create a seamless way to surf the internet with the remote (motion sensor perhaps) I think it would steal even more thunder from Vista, whenever it comes out.
  17. macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    i'd like to see some new enclosures, too. a DL superdrive might be pushing it...

    i'm sure there's more to it than a revised spotlight, improved file sync'ing and virtual desktops. this is apple we're talking about. let's get realistic about our expectations while remembering this is a developer's conference and not a consumer product showcase.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2005
    Throw the Core 2 Duo into the iMac. Then we'll talk.
  19. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    What's wrong with having lower/middle-cost Mac Pros, as long as we ALSO get the Woodcrest you dream of? (And me... but with Kentsfield due this year now--quads-on-one-chip--I may just wait for that.)

    All these rumors sound good to me--I hope even half of them are true (even if they happen later than WWDC).

    Earth-shaking revolutions are fun--I'd love that too--but you can't count on that, and OS X is a great OS already. I always seem to appreciate each release's hundred LITTLE improvements most of all.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 27, 2001
    Los Angeles
    New widgets!

    yep. they spent 18 months working on widgets. Nothing else.

    Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard
    "Chock full o' widgets"
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    MacOSXRumors claims a lot of rumors, don't they? It's already been debunked that Apple will be supporting virtualization.

    With just a few days away until WWDC, we're grabbing at straws! :p
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2005
    :confused: I dont understand why people keep insisting on virtually outdated technolgies.

    The new standard is Blu Ray. Get with the program :)
  23. macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    As long as the Mac Pros with Conroe are smaller, then I won't complain.
  24. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I thought a Woodcrest in Single CPU (Dual Core) is similar to the Conroe in performance...

    So, IMHO, a Woodcrest (Xeon...ugghh ugly name, that), is only usefull if you are going to use Dual Dual Cores (like the Quad G5).

    Or am I missing something here...
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2005
    Nice! Hopefully, they have the long awaited Wendy's Menu one... Do what tastes right. Do Wendy's

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