Help needed! (Leopard upgrade and widgets)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Racktacular, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Racktacular macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    Hi all. This is my first post and I tried searching for my answers but was unable to find them. I would appreciate any help.

    I am thinking of buying my first Mac and am trying to to decide to buy in November or wait until Spring (for Leopard). Don't stop reading, that isn't my question :)

    My questions are:

    1) Is the Leopard upgrade something that can be bought and installed in a macbook that isn't preinstalled with it? Or because it is 64 bit you need internal components able to run it?

    In other words if I buy a new Macbook in November, can I buy a copy of Leopard and install it?

    2) I am Mac ignorant, so can someone tell me what a widget is. I went on Apple's webpage and watched their video and stuff, but I just don't understand what it is and how useful it is.

    3) Do the current macbooks have widgets? if they do, what is the upgrade between the current Mac widgets and the ones obtaine in Leopard.


  2. Uselessdreamer1 macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2006
    1. i dont know this because i am new too.

    2. a widget- well hell i dont know what it is. but they are cool. dashboard runs it on mac and yes they all have it. somw examples of widgets are weather forcast, calculator, calender, etc. its pretty cool and useful
  3. eb6 macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2006
    yo yo yo
    1 = yes
    2 = they are cool. There is a widget for everything. I use my stock quote, calender, calculator, calender, weather and iStat daily. You hit F12 and your widget view comes up, you can move, manage, and view them from here. Hit F12 again or click off of a widget and it mystically disappears into the background.
    3 = All macs running at least tiger have widgets. We won't know what the leopard widgets are until they show us. :D
  4. topgun072003 macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    Leopard is something that you will be able to install later on a current macbook or a macbook pro. I understand that some apps will run better on the updated versions because they will have 64 bit core 2 duos. Widgets run on your dashboard and are like helpful apps that can do a varitey of things. They can be like anything from a dictionary to a Random family guy quote generator. There hard to explain, you kind of just have to use them to figure them out.
  5. nospleen macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2002
    1. Yes, you can buy Leopard and install it fine on a Macbook.

    2. A widget is a little program, it can be tons of different things. It can be a calculator, a comic strip that updates daily, a dictionary, etc... They only show up when you hit F12, then when you hit it again, they go away. So they are little apps that are hidden, until you want to use one.

    3. Yes, the macbooks have widgets. You can download the widgets from Apple's site, so you can get all the new widgets as apple and other developers release them. In fact, Leopard will give YOU the ability to make your own widgets!
  6. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    1. Leopard will run on both 32bit and 64bit Macs - it is not exclusively 64bit. It will positively scream on a MacBook. It will most likely cost US$129 on release.

    2. A Widget is a small application or web page or whatever that is designed to give you the information you want at the click of a button. With one keystroke on my iBook I can see the time in 4 cities around the world, the upcoming weather for some towns here in Australia, a TV guide for the day, sunrise/sunset times and important stats about my computer's condition all in the one place. They're handy little buggers. In Leopard we'll gain the ability to make widgets from any type of webpage or part thereof.

    3. Widgets are part of the Dashboard application that is built into Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger - this is the operating system currently shipping on all new Macs.
  7. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006

    You should try to find a Mac you can try out and check out the Widgets. They are pretty cool, but a you have to try yourself feature.

    Did you watch:

    Also, you might be able to dig up a clip of Steve Jobs demonstrating dashboard. Someone else might be able to help with this better than I can.
  8. Racktacular thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    Thanks a lot for the info! 'Ppreciate it. Because I can buy Leopard later that makes my decision easier. I think I will buy in Novmeber (hopefully with the Core 2 Duo processors and then upgrade the OS in the spring when Leopard is out. I don't run any intensive programs that will benefit from 64 bit (at least I don't think so) so as long as I can upgrade the OS then I should be fine for a few years.

    Thanks everyone!

  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Welcome, Rack

    On your next question, make the thread title a little more descriptive of the problem, and you'll get even better help. (This is the 2,192nd thread entitled "Help .... ")

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