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

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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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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?
 

MarkMS

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In my opinion, I like the see-through menus. I have no idea what Pogue is talkin' about when "much is lost".
 

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i kinda want to know what they meant when they said that much is lost because of the dock and its graphics...? i thought that was going to be a really cool idea.
the titles link to the actual article. he thinks the translucency makes it hard to read.

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Baig completely violating the EULA by installing one copy of Leopard on two Macs in the process... :D
 

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

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i love the comment on the picture in the NY Times article..someone wasn't paying attention
 

MarkMS

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Baig completely violating the EULA by installing one copy of Leopard on two Macs in the process... :D
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.
 

Jetson

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Leopard is finally here!

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

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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.
 

jackc

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Baig completely violating the EULA by installing one copy of Leopard on two Macs in the process... :D
It doesn't say it was one copy (although it might have been), he just said he installed on both.
 

HLdan

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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? ;)
 

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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...

Sheesh!
 

mashinhead

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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.
 

HLdan

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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...

Sheesh!

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.
 

LaDirection

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In my opinion, I like the see-through menus. I have no idea what Pogue is talkin' about when "much is lost".
Well, yeah, imagine reading a book that is translucent... What a dumb idea.

Watch out what wallpaper you put up!
 

MLeepson

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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? ;)
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.
 

irahodges

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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...

Sheesh!
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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