Mac OS X Leopard thoughts
Now that the yearly WWDC keynote is over I could not resist to post some thoughts on the first preview of Apple’s upcoming operating system — codename “leopard”. Short excerpt: some nice features, but no revolutionary changes… not yet.
Mail Let’s start with the good stuff. I really appreciate that Apple Mail will get another major update. In the new version you may create and manage ToDo-items directly from within the application. According to the related sub page you may use Mail for viewing RSS feeds. Huh? And what about Safari’s RSS functionality? Anyway, I doubt that I will use that feature — I’ll stick to NetNewsWire. Likewise I’m sure that I will never use those “Apple designed stationery-templates”. In fact I really hate HTML based mails — I mean except for newsletters.
Time MachineTo be honest I’m not sure what to think about it yet. Nice idea, freaky interface… let’s see. I doubt that it will replace my default backup solution, but it will definitely be of good value to those people never doing any backups.
iChat Great that it will finally be possible to log in to multiple accounts simultaneously. Even greater — desktop sharing. But I don’t care about those new freaky funky effects. Maybe I’ll give iChat a second chance — but currently I prefer Adium.
Spaces Spaces? Virtual desktops! Ahhh :) That’s what it’s all about. But in a neat and Apple-like style. If it’s as easy to use as Expose I will give it a try.
UI, Finder etc.
And what about the long rumored user interface and Finder related changes? Nothing. I’m kinda disappointed :( However there is still hope because the final version will not be available before spring 2007. What are your impressions? Did we expect too much? Does Apple “hold back” the UI related changes so that Redmond won’t start copying again? Is it worth upgrading? Let’s discuss.