Apple has unveiled a "near final" version of MacOSX Leopard, its sixth major release

“Best ever” mac OS launched by Apple

Scheduled to ship in October, Leopard introduces over 300 new features, including a new Desktop and Dock with Stacks, a new way to organise files; Quick Look, which allows you to rapidly preview most files without opening an application, and Time Machine, designed to back up and restore lost files or a complete Mac

“Leopard is the best release of Mac OS X to date, surpassing even Tiger, and will further extend Mac OS X’s leadership as the most advanced and innovative operating system in the world,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We think current and prospective customers are going to love Leopard, and that it will help make the Mac even more popular.”

Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard is scheduled to ship in October and will have a suggested retail price of £89 (inc. VAT) for a single user license. The Mac OS X Leopard Family Pack is a single-residence, five-user license that will be available for a suggested retail price of £139 (inc. VAT). Volume and maintenance pricing is available from Apple.

Apple has also launched the latest version of its web browser Safari. Version three claims to be the fastest browser on Windows, rendering web pages "up to twice as fast as Internet Explorer."

“We think Windows users are going to be really impressed when they see how fast and intuitive web browsing can be with Safari,” said Jobs. “Hundreds of millions of Windows users already use iTunes, and we look forward to turning them on to Safari’s superior browsing experience too.”

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