Leopard purrs with minor upgrades

Last night Apple gave its first preview of what Mac heads can expect to be using on their computers next year.Instead of roaring, the Leopard operatin

Last night Apple gave its first preview of what Mac heads can expect to be using on their computers next year.

Instead of roaring, the Leopard operating system purred demurely with a bunch of cute if hardly groudbreaking new features. Top of the list is Time Machine, a prosaic piece of back-up software with a pretty interface, based on the concept that you can restore anything from a single file to your entire machine.

Other new features of note:

  • Spaces, a way of selecting a bunch of applications at a time
  • Mail. Now with Notes, a To-Do List and an RSS reader to bring it in line with Outlook 2007 and Mozillla's Thunderbird
  • A fun-looking blue screen feature in iChat that lets you use photos as a background for your video chats

  • New parental controls
  • Anti-phishing features

And that, surprisingly for Apple, is about all that's worth writing a letter home about.

The new OS - version 10.5 - is slated for spring next year, which will see it arrive shortly after Microsoft's next gen OS Vista goes on sale in January.