Leopard to hit Aussie stores tonight

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Leopard to hit Aussie stores tonight

Apple plans to stick to its steady stable of consumers and the education market when its new operating system, Mac OS X Leopard hits shelves tonight at 6pm.

However, its strategy to get big business to adopt the new operating system is less clear.

Speaking at a press briefing today in Sydney, Apple spokespeople skirted around the company's lack of presence in the enterprise market, choosing instead to reiterate that Apple made products primarily for the consumer and education markets.

“The business market has not eluded us at all,” rebuked an Apple spokesperson when questioned about the company's lack of presence in the enterprise market. “If businesses wish to use Macs then they will, because everything in Leopard is just as applicable to business users as it is to consumers.”

With over 300 new features, Apple’s Leopard marks the largest ever upgrade for the MAC OS X operation system, added the spokesperson.

Some of the more impressive features include QuickView, which enables previews of all major file formats even if the user does not have the specific application needed to access the file.

Another lauded feature named WebClick allows users to choose specific applications from web pages that then can be run as independent widgets in the background of the operating system.

Leopard will also see the final version of Boot Camp released. Boot Camp lets users install Microsoft's Windows on Intel-based Macs, however, both operating systems can't run at the same time. It comes with all the latest Windows certified drivers.

Apple’s Leopard launches tonight at 6pm and retails for $159. Its server version, Leopard Server, retails for $598 for a 10 seat licence, and $1199 for an unlimited seat licence.

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