Look what the cat dragged in: Apple's Leopard to launch next week

Today, Apple announced that OS 10.5, otherwise known as Leopard, will go on sale on October 26. 10.5 is the sixth iteration of the OS X operating system: some innovations include an updated Finder that's easier to keep clean, Time Machine, a program that backs up your files (even ones you throw away), and a preinstalled version of Boot Camp.

Is this launch exciting news? Will the system be worth the $129 and installation time that current Mac owners are expected to spend on it? We won't know for sure until we've tried it out. Many of the Leopard innovations promise to take up a lot of hard drive space and memory, but fancy animations (like the new Finder) don't impress us as much as speed.

Apple's certainly had plenty of time to perfect this system, as it arrives six months late, and two and a half years after OS 10.4. One thing we do know, though, is that Apple's been through just about all the big cats we can name: Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, and Leopard. We predict that 10.6 will be named Lion, Cougar, or Lynx, and that ten years from now, the company will have to resort to "Tabby."

Via Apple