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Leopard’s Evolution To Date…

December 14, 2006

This post will be edited until Apple’s official release. Ground Rules: I am under NDA with Apple as a developer and will only point to that which is posted elsewhere and comment on THAT. However, I’d highly recommend becoming an ADC Select developer. You’ll get in on all the early goodness, get discounts that easily pay for the membership AND you’ll save a good deal of time roaming about trying to make sense of the latest gossip 🙂

That said, please bookmark this page. It’s going to morph into the best single spot you’ll find regarding Leopard’s GUI as time rolls on.


ILLUMINOUS – As of 12/10 I hadn’t heard boo about “Illuminous”. Apparently MacShrine and MacGazette are reporting their respective angles on a supposed new GUI of Leopard and have either dubbed it Illuminous themselves or are privvy to some code name we’ve not really heard of yet. I’ve downloaded both of the developer seeds and will not give credence to either of these reports that an Illuminous GUI appears in the build. However, Macshrine’s subsequent posting might be of interest.


  • MacRumors Leopard page are appear to be sporting pics from previous builds. There might be more coming (or not).
  • Less of a sighting and more of a yearning… There was nothing of note regarding Leopard at the MWSF07 show. Instead, the iPhone and iTV dominated stage center. And, despite my “Tuesday” release predictions… there was no new Developer seed during MWSF. Odd.

Mr. Jobs’ keynote tipped us off that we weren’t going to see all the neat new bells and whistles at WWDC06. There were a lot! But, we were left with the sense, “There’s definitely more you’re not seeing…” I’m endorsing/expressing/implying ZERO warranty of the tidbits below. Yes, there are a LOT of speculations out there. Yes, I’m editorializing by cherry picking and not posting them all. Still… I make no claim to the validity.

Leopard’s New Skin

December 10, 2006

EDIT (Tuesday; December 12, 2006 5:01 PM US Cental Time): Client Build 9A321 and Server Developer Preview Build 9A318b just went up at and I’ve slurped them down. If you like this post you’ll love my “Leopard’s Evolution” entry… an ongoing post of the daily divulging and sightings of Leopard’s purported feature-set.

Apparently the newest build of Leopard (released Tuesday) is going to sport some nifty new GUI (this from MacShrine). It’s also the first time I’ve seen anyone also stating they think Apple’s on a second-Tuesday release schedule… Which means January ought to be interesting (MacWorld SF).

Looks like Sync Manager has replaced iSync (good!), BootCamp is included (sans instructions), Spotlight’s sporting new meta search goodness, and my favorite early info — Safari has improved RSS and inline vod/podcasting conveniences.

The GUI I’ve been seeing in both the most recent previous releases of client and server are not all that different than the mix-mux of brushed metal and aqua we’ve been seeing in 10.4.x and all the purported 10.5 screen shots on the various Mac news outlets. My NDA with Apple (nothing more than an ADC Select developer) prevents me from divulging details. Suffice it to say I think Apple’s likely to pull the rug out from under us and reveal a slick new bunch of skin soon. (Shiny black would be nice dontcha think?)

I’m hoping for a simultaneous updating of Server too as I still can’t get Teams to do it’s thing at 100% capability. I got my Christmas wish… it’s downloading as I type.

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