Apple Leopard licks its paws for launch

So here it is. Steve Jobs little Leopard fur ball has all growed up and is finally ready to be set free. This Friday at 6pm Leopard will launch here i

So here it is. Steve Jobs little Leopard fur ball has all growed up and is finally ready to be set free. This Friday at 6pm Leopard will launch here in the UK and from our first encounter it's not changed too many of its OS X spots.Evolution rather than revolution is the key. First thing you'll spot is the desktop, now fitted out with the background pic of your choice and looking resplendent with its new semitransparent menu bar and a 3D Dock with added mirror effect. Nice. Stacks is the headline feature, allowing your to hide files away in one place, ready to spring open in a fan array when you hover over them. Boot Camp's now built in for easily installing Windows - helping any Microsoft addicts to wean themselves off.Finder gets the CoverFlow treatment from iTunes and iPhone for flicking through files - and it’s remotely accessible using a .Mac account. Should you accidentally leave your Hong Kong presentation lying on the desktop back home you'll no longer need to guide your mum through emailing to you.Then there's Quick Look which shows a preview of a file without having to open it and the pièce de résistance, Time Machine. It automatically backs everything up to an external drive or second Mac and keeps daily snapshots of your system to restore files deleted months ago.So some nice touches but not necessarily enough to make an upgrade compulsory. We’ll give you a full run down once we've finished customising the desktop. Now, Lindsay or Angelina...EssentialsMac OS X LeopardPrice: £85On sale: 26th NovemberContact: AppleRelated stories:Tom Dunmore's Leopard blogStuff Forum: Is Leopard about to pounceAPPLE WWDC SPECIAL: Leopard loose, Windows on Safari and iPhone apps