WWDC 2006

This time around, Leopard appears to be the center of attention. Of course, the new Mac Pro was introduced. But the entire keynote focused on Leopard. And most of the features for Leopard seem to be nothing more than visual eye-candy for the most part. There aren't any significant updates to most applications. However, as Steve Jobs puts it, some features are still hidden to prevent Vista from copying it. I seriously doubt that Vista will try to emulate some of the features for OS X. The ship date for Vista is fast approaching and Microsoft has yet to iron out all the bugs from Vista. But, one can never be too sure, as the WWDC '06 keynote has shown. I have yet to watch it but I heard that it pokes fun at Vista.

All in all, I feel that the real improvements to Leopard are under the hood. XCode 3.0 and Objective-C 2.0 seem to be really major improvements. One of the major features for Objective-C 2.0 is garbage collection. It would be interesting to see how fast Objective-C 2.0 runs compared to its predecessors. Also, Leopard will support 32-bit and 64-bit applications natively. In fact, Leopard itself is designed to run on both 32-bit and 64-bit machines.

Nonetheless, I do not really see myself using all the new features that have been previewed today. In fact, most users will not care about the new features too. I suspect, however, that most developers will be thrilled by the new features brought in.

So, what I am going to do is list the top features of Tiger and how relevant they have been to me this past year. Then, I shall predict how useful the features in Leopard are going to be. The list of features for Tiger is taken from here and the list of features for Leopard is taken from here.



Seems that most of the latest features for Leopard might be under the hood. Ruby on Rails developers will be happy to know that Rails is going to be included in Leopard server. And I am certain that more of the latest technologies will make their mark soon on the Mac platform.

By the way, I just realized that there was no mention of the next operating system after Leopard. Could it mean that Leopard is going to be the last of the 10.x series?

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